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Concept

Human Rights Defenders are those individuals, groups and organs of society that promote and protect universally recognised rights and fundamental freedoms. Their rights are enshrined in the UN Declaration on the Rights and Responsibilities of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Human Rights Defenders seek the promotion and protection of civil and political rights as well as the promotion, protection and realisation of economic, social and cultural rights.

The definition does not include those individuals or groups who commit or propagate violence.

Reference/Source

  • The EuropeAid Human rights defenders webpage describes how the EU supports the human rights defenders, against repression and the arbitrary exercise of power, particularly in case of emergency situations. The EC is currently financing 11 projects implemented by specialised international NGOs working both globally and thematically. As a human rights defender, you may wish to contact one of these organisations, or a local EU mission, whenever you feel at risk, or require support for your work.
  • UN Declaration on the Rights and Responsibilities of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms