This section contains Manuals on the protection of human rights defenders (in multiple languages) as well as publications on Best Practices and Guides for Facilitators of HRD protection training courses.


New Protection Manual for Human Rights Defenders Developed to provide human rights defenders with additional knowledge and tools useful for improving their understanding of security and protection. It is the result of over 25 years combined experience of PI’s members in working with HHRR and humanitarian law and in the protection of HRD.Available in English, French, Spanish, Arab, Indonesian and Swahili.
Guide for FacilitatorsPI-FACILITATORS-GUIDE_EN_cover-e1397573283226This publication is intended to serve as a tool for people who are interested in facilitating training processes to develop protection capacities in human rights defenders (HRDs), their organisations and communities.Available in English, French and Spanish.
Available in Spanish. Manual para prevenir la criminalización de los defensores del derecho a la tierra y el territorio 
New Protection Manual for LGBTI DefendersProtection Manual for LGBTI Defenders – 2nd Edition Through our work with LGBTI defenders around the globe, PI began to identify common issues that affected them and those that defend it. Extensive research was carried out, both primary and secondary sources consulted and PI began to adapt its framework for mainstream defenders to suit.Available in English, French and Spanish.
Thai Handbook coverProtection Manual for Community-Based HRD The manual addresses key concepts linked to the legal and physical protection of community-based HRD living and working in remote areas.Available in Thai.
Protection Guide for HRD in rural areasProtection manual - QeqchiThis guide wants to fill the gap in the field of protection of human rights defenders. The tools and methodologies proposed respond to the needs of the defenders who live and develop their work in rural areas.Available in Spanish and Q’echi.
Protection Journal number 5: Stigmatization and Criminalization of human rights defendersThis Journal will be dedicated to the expressions and actions performed prior or in parallel to criminalization, and also it address the criminalization purposes and its instruments.Available in Spanish.
Protection Journal number 4: Protecting your life, my life, our lives This manual focuses on the work and the protection of women human rights defenders and is the fruit of reflexion and testimonies that they have shared with us over years of experience.
Available in English and Spanish.
Protection Journal number 3: Security considerations for their families and personal lives This journal number 3, deals with the protection measures that defenders can use in their life and their family.Available in English and Spanish.
Protection Journal number 2: Surveillance and Counter-surveillance for Human Rights Defenders and Their OrganizationsThis is about vigilance and “countervigilance”. This is a useful tool to help what we call “to be vigilant”.Available in English and Spanish.
Protection Journal number 1: The experience of the Comité pro-seguridad y desarrollo of Santiago AtitlánThis Journal reflects the experience of the Comité pro-seguridad y desarrollo (Pro-Security and Development Committee) of Santiago Atitlán in Sololá (Guatemala).Available in Spanish.
Guide for human rigths defenders against criminalization
This manual contains best practices and mechanisms for coping the processes aimed against HRDs, their organizations and communities.Available in Spanish.
Protection against the threats of the 21st century One of the challenges we are trying to deal with is how to prevent attacks against defenders in rural and semi-rural communities, developed with a methodology designed from our own experiences and other countries experience.Available in Spanish.


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