Front Line Defenders provides rapid and practical support to human rights defenders at risk. Front Line Defenders maintains its headquarters in Dublin, an EU Office in Brussels, and regionally-based field staff in the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe & Central Asia, and the Middle East.
Types of assistance offered by the organisation:
Front Line Defenders provides 24/7 support to Human Rights Defenders facing immediate risk through the emergency helpline. The emergency service gives human rights defenders an option to be forwarded to someone speaking Arabic, English, French, Russian or Spanish who will be able to mobilise rapid international support and action.
Front Line Defenders is supporting HRDs through practical, hands-on workshops and long-term assistance aimed at HRDs implementing more secure practices and tools. The aim is to more effectively assess needs and identify digital risks, help design tailored security policy and cooperate in implementing it and integrating the practices into daily work and life.
In response to concerns expressed by human rights defenders about the challenges of addressing risks and threats, Front Line Defenders has developed a programme of training on security and protection. This programme, which includes workshops, courses, seminars, consultations and capacity-building resources, aims to facilitate knowledge, expertise and sharing of skills, to provide HRDs with additional information and tools that may assist in addressing personal and organisational security and protection issues.
Protection Grants can pay for provisions to improve the security and protection of human rights defenders and their organisations including, but not limited to: improving physical security of an organisation or individual, digital security and communication security; supporting legal fees for HRDs who are being judicially harassed; paying for medical fees for HRDs who have been attacked or who have suffered a medical condition as a result of their peaceful human rights activities; providing family assistance for imprisoned HRDs or family members who are at risk because of a HRD’s activities. Grants are for amounts up to a maximum of €7,500.
The annual Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk was established in 2005 to honour the work of a human rights defender who, through non-violent work, is courageously making an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of the human rights of others, often at great personal risk to themselves.