The work of human rights defenders is essential to promote and protect human rights and the rule of law. Despite this, human rights defenders are increasingly subject to harassment, restrictions and reprisals for their work.
Our work to support human rights defenders builds their capacity and expertise, strengthens their recognition and protection under international law, and seeks to protect them from threats, risks and reprisals.
Our work focuses on some of the human rights defenders who are most marginalised or at risk. We provide these human rights defenders with a comprehensive range of tools and support, including access to high quality research and analysis, tailored training and capacity building services, legal advice and strategic litigation assistance, and advocacy and networking support.