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 EU Guidelines in 2004 and to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ toolkit. These assist diplomats into converting the guidelines into concrete action. Protection International and its partners assist diplomats in the application and implementation of strategies in the specific country. This has resulted that defenders are less at risk.