Protection International is an international, non-profit organisation that brings protection strategies and security management tools to human rights defenders at risk. Since 2004, Protection International has been working with local partners in over thirty countries throughout the world.

Protection International envisions a world where human rights and fundamental freedoms are universally recognized and respected, and where everyone has the right to defend these rights and freedoms without fear of threats or attack.

Our mission is to support human rights defenders through comprehensive protection programmes. Our programmes help defenders build their capacities in order to manage their protection effectively, to allow those that protect them fulfil their obligations, and to convince other individuals and institutions with a stake in the protection of human rights defenders to maximise their positive contribution. Protection International always works in partnership with defenders.

Protection International is a partner of, the European Union Human Rights Defenders mechanism, established to protect defenders at high risk and facing the most difficult situations worldwide. This consortium of 12 international and regional human rights organisations implement the European Human Rights Mechanism.

International civil society implementing the EU Human Rights Defenders mechanism”


Protection International is also a member of the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN), an informal grouping of NGOs operating at the EU-level in the broader areas of human rights, democracy and conflict prevention. HRDN’s vision is that human rights and democracy are placed at the heart of the EU’s internal and external policy agenda. This vision should manifest itself in an EU which effectively protects human rights at home and is a force for positive change in the world.

In pursuit of this vision, the network aims to influence EU and EU Member States’ human rights policies and the programming of their funding instruments in order to promote democracy, human rights and sustainable peace.

For more information on HRDN visit their website by clicking on their logo below or contact the Troika.