Protection and Security

Ensure short-term and long-term security support for human rights defenders at risk

Supports at-risk human rights defenders (HRDs) through short and long-term security interventions, and equip HRDs with crucial tools to mitigate their risks of persecution and ensure their well-being.

Preventive security strategies

The Protection and Security Management Program works to offer preventive strategies of protection for HRDs aimed at ensuring that activists put in place measures to mitigate the possibility of risks occurring to them in the course of their work. The program conducts thorough risk assessment and analysis of the security situation for HRDs in the East and Horn of Africa sub-region.

Short-term security intervention

Short-term security intervention is necessary when HRDs are under direct threats. The program manages a 24/7 emergency line for HRDs in the East and Horn sub region. The direct security and protection assistance can include relocation to a safe house, and logistical support and financial outlay. The specific protection need is identified on a case-by-case basis.

Building capacity

Capacity building is vital for to safeguard HRDs safety and protection. The program offers comprehensive, in-depth security and protection capacity building, including trainings, mentoring, and security advice. This is often carried out in coordination with the capacity building program

Long-term security intervention

Long-term support strategies are essential to ensure that the HRDs are equipped to deal with the threats facing them. In addition to capacity building, the long-term security strategies can include offering HRDs education, financial start-up grant, support to find a job, as well as advocacy towards relevant national, regional and international level.

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