Front Line Defenders


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About Front Line Defenders

Front Line Defenders works to protect Human Rights Defenders around the world who are people working non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The organization provides security and protection grants to organizations working for human rights as well as to individual human rights defenders at risk. These grants are given for the specific purpose of strengthening the security and protection of the human rights defenders, allowing them to continue their important work. They can include funding to improve digital security, communication security, legal fees for human rights defenders who are being judicially harassed, medical fees for those who have been attacked or who have suffered a medical condition as a result of their peaceful human rights activities, family assistance for imprisoned human rights defenders. The organization also funds emergency security grants and can help with temporary relocation. Training in security including digital security, publicizing the cases of human rights defenders at risk and campaigning and lobbying at the international level for human rights defenders protection is also part of the organization’s work.

Work area

Research, Advocacy, Education, Campaigns, Activism, Lobbying


Security, protection and advocacy for human rights defenders at risk.

Country Offices

Belgium, Ireland


Founded: 2001
Location (HQ): Ireland
Scope: Global
Focus area: Defenders

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