Protection International supports human rights defenders in bringing their case for protection to the international arena. Acting at the international level adds a dimension to protection policies for human rights defenders.

Nation-States and their governments are primarily responsible for promoting and respecting human rights, and for protecting human rights defenders. Many fail to do so. Protection International works with local and international partners to remind State institutions and inter-governmental organisations of their duties. Acting internationally aims to influence:

→ Ministries of Foreign Affairs

→ Parliament

→ European Union institutions

→ United Nations institutions

→ Regional human rights mechanisms, such as the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Protection International supports human rights defenders by lobbying and assisting these institutions to concretise their commitment to the protection of human rights defenders and to take action.

Parliaments for HRDS

Parliamentary network for Human Rights Defenders Protection International moderates a network consisting of Members in Parliament who are actively involved in the protection of human rights defenders. Its virtual platform, MPforHRD, is the space for exchange and action between Members of Parliament from all the countries who contribute to protect defenders. The MPforHRD helps Members of Parliament to find the most effective protection actions, supports them in formulating protection policies [...]
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Promoting European Union Guidelines

Implementation of the EU Guidelines on human rights defenders and regional mechanisms Protection International optimises the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders. These guidelines describe concrete standards for European diplomats who are expected to contribute to the protection of Human Rights Defenders. Protection International supports diplomats and Human Rights Defenders and encourages both to take action in their country and in international forums. Protection International contributed to the enhancement of the [...]
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Supporting the work of the Special Rapporteur

The mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders was established in 2000 in support for the implementation of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. This UN Declaration is formally known as: The Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. It was adopted by consensus at the [...]
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Promoting national legislation and public policies for the protection of defenders

Part of the work we do at PI is to promote national legislation and public policies for the protection of HRDs. We believe that taking the necessary measures to guarantee appropriate protection of HRDs is the responsibility of the executive and the judiciary. We understand national protection mechanisms as public policies designed to improve the protection of HRDs in countries where they are attacked as a consequence of their work. [...]
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Legal Advocacy

Part of the work we do at PI is to promote national legislation and public policies for the protection of HRDs. We believe that taking the necessary measures to guarantee appropriate protection of HRDs is the responsibility of the executive and the judiciary. We understand national protection mechanisms as public policies designed to improve the protection of HRDs in countries where they are attacked as a consequence of their work. [...]
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