Public policies for the protection of defenders are increasingly placed on the agenda of governments and international bodies who promote human rights. Protection International has monitored and always encouraged this development, combined research and systematised good practices and applied lessons learned. The results are compiled in the handbook “Protection of Human Rights Defenders: best practices and lessons learned”. The analysis, reference documentation and new developments are shared on Focus, the Global Observatory for Public Policies on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders.

Protection of victims and witnesses: a view from defenders´ action

From the point of view of the protection of human rights, one of the key issues is access to justice and the reduction of impunity for those who commit abuses against human rights. And for this purpose it is paramount the protection given to victims and witnesses of judicial processes against perpetrators. Only victims and witnesses who feel reasonable safe will dare to face all the obstacles that they usually [...]