Self-protection

 

According to the United Nations Declaration on human rights defenders of 1998, State authorities are bound to protect individuals and groups who promote and defend human rights. Unfortunately, in many occasions government and state officials are behind repression and attacks against human rights defenders (HRDs), or simply turn a blind eye when defenders are targeted by non-state actors.

Our experience has demonstrated that every individual, organisation and community have certain capacities that enable them to confront threats or acts of aggression and claim for their right to defend human rights in a non-violent manner. Nevertheless, in many cases it is necessary some external support, capacity building and accompaniment in a process to develop and strengthen these capacities, especially when the risks faced on a day-to-day basis are high and evolving.