Defending Human Rights Defenders

Guidance and best practices for National Human Rights Institutions

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This resource gives guidance to European National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) who wish to find more effective ways of working with and protecting the rights of human rights defenders.

Equally, human rights defenders and civil society can find useful information and tools on how they can collaborate with NHRIs to counter increasing limitations on democratic space in Europe.

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Discover inspiring examples of how NHRIs have promoted, protected and supported human rights defenders and civil society.

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Are you an ENNHRI member?
We invite you to contribute to our collection of good practices on defending human rights defenders!

Join or log into the ENNHRI Hub and submit your good practices by filling out this form.

New updates on the situation of human rights defenders in your country can also be shared through ENNHRI’s annual rule of law report.

Please contact Katrien Meuwissen from the Secretariat for more guidance.

How can NHRIs promote and protect the rights of human rights defenders?

Last updated in April 2022.

This resource is co-funded by the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.