Resource of the Week - Workbook on Security: Practical Steps for Human Rights Defenders at Risk

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(Maya Reddy) #1

This week’s profiled resource is titled “Workbook on Security: Practical Steps for Human Rights Defenders at Risk” and comes to us from Front Line Defenders. This Workbook takes you through the steps to producing a security plan – for yourself and for your organisation (for those Human Rights Defenders who are working in organisations). It follows a systematic approach for assessing your security situation and developing risk and vulnerability reduction strategies and tactics.

More about Workbook on Security: Practical Steps for Human Rights Defenders at Risk:

Human Rights Defenders are those who work non-violently on behalf of others for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This includes those who work for civil and political rights, social, economic, environmental and cultural rights, and the right to equality, such as those working for women’s rights and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) rights.

Some examples of HRDs are: a group running a legal aid clinic; an organisation which documents torture (including rape) and assists the survivors; those working for the rights of disadvantaged communities such as women or bonded labour; anti-corruption activists; workers at women’s shelters; indigenous leaders advocating for the rights of their communities; protesters against environmental damage; those working for the right to express sexual identity and orientation. Sometimes these HRDs have been victims themselves and then begin working for others, for example a wife whose husband has disappeared who organises other family members to work to bring the perpetrators of disappearances to justice. Sometimes HRDs work in human rights organisations, sometimes they work alone.

You can access this resource on the Justice For All Campaign website at the following link:

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(Paul Thomas) #3

Sounds like a good initiative I couldn’t download files at the moment needed new equipment still people taking a stand must be protected



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