Guidelines on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

Human rights defenders can use these guidelines as resources to understand how diplomats based in their country are expected to support and protect human rights defenders. They can be the basis for conversations with embassies to request specific actions, such as trial monitoring or public statements on behalf of human rights defenders at risk.

European Union Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders

Created in 2004 and updated in 2008, these guidelines provide practical suggestions for enhancing actions by EU Missions (Embassies and Consulates of EU Member States and European Commission Delegations) in support of human rights defenders.

Also available in Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Greek, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, and Swedish.

Norway’s Efforts to Support Human Rights Defenders: Guide for the Foreign Service

Created in 2010, these guidelines are intended as a practical guide for Norway’s efforts to support human rights defenders through Norway’s diplomatic missions, as well as in multilateral forums, human rights dialogues, and consultations at the political level.

Also available in Spanish.

OSCE Guidelines on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

Created in 2014, these guidelines concentrate on the protection of human rights defenders at risk and are based on OSCE commitments and universally recognized human rights standards that OSCE participating States have undertaken to adhere to.

Also available in Hungarian, Russian, Serbian, and Ukrainian.

Swiss Guidelines on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

Created in 2013, these guidelines aim to compile best practices and provide a uniform approach across all of Switzerland’s representations to working with human rights defenders for their protection.

Also available in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish.

UN Fact Sheet No. 29: Human Rights Defenders: Protecting the Right to Defend Human Rights

Created in 2004, this fact sheet aims to support human rights defenders and is addressed to state authorities, national and international NGOs, United Nations personnel, major private sector actors, human rights defenders, and the public.

Also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.

U.S. Support for Human Rights Defenders

Created in 2013, this policy statement identifies the State Department’s strategies to protect and support human rights defenders.

Also available in Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

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