Civil Rights Defenders


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About Civil Rights Defenders

Civil Rights Defenders is an independent expert organization founded in 1982 in Sweden, with the mission to defend people’s civil and political rights and empower human rights defenders at risk worldwide. CRD has a presence on four continents and is active in some of the world’s most repressive regions. By working in collaboration with 200 local partners and focusing on innovation, the goal is to achieve long-term sustainable change.

Work area

Advocacy, Education, Campaigns, Activism, Lobbying


An Expert Human Rights Organization

Country Offices

Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Colombia, Cuba, Ethiopia, Kosovo, Kenya, Macedonia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Russia, Serbia, Montenegro, South Sudan, Sweden, Uganda, Ukraine


Founded: 1982
Location (HQ): Sweden
Scope: Global
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