Human Rights Defenders

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Luis Guillermo Perez : a Colombian defender witnesses about fifteen years of human rights violations

Last May, the revelations regarding the continued surveillances operations carried out on the European soil by the Colombian Administrative Department of Security (D.A.S) were widely covered. Within this framework, one of the targets of this opration, Luis Guillermo Perez, a Colombian human rights defender, Secretary General of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and exiled in Belgium, revisits fifteen years of persecution, orchestrated by the Colombian Government and aiming at blocking his action of defender.

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Developed to provide human rights defenders with additional knowledge and tools useful for improving their understanding of security and protection. It is the result of over 25 years combined experience of PI’s members in working with HHRR and humanitarian law and in the protection of HRD. Available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Indonesian and Swahili.

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Floribert Chebeya

 

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In recent years several governments have developed specific national mechanisms to protect defenders, all of them in countries seriously lacking in protection for human rights defenders. These mechanisms (laws, action policies, offices) have been established under pressure from (and with the cooperation of) national and international human rights organisations, with essential legal support from the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

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Protection International (PI) is pleased to present its first FOCUS report. FOCUS is a global observatory on public policies for human rights defenders’protection.

This publication is intended to provide detailed monitoring of developments in the field of national public policy associated with the protection of human rights defenders around the world.

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Foreword

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Foreword

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Demonstration in DRC against impunity forn the muder of Pascal Kabungulu
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Foreword

In the 2nd year, PI and partners could already prove the effectiveness of the new approach of protection of human rights defenders (HRD) on the ground.

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In 2011 and 2012, Protection International made considerable progress in the core areas of its global protection programme.

From helping defenders where they’re most at risk in more than twenty countries, to developing innovative security management tools, we consistently investigate new ways to enhance protection of human rights defenders, all the while involving the right stakeholders in the process.

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One of the challenges we are trying to deal with is how to prevent attacks against defenders in rural and semi-rural communities, developed with a methodology designed from our own experiences and other countries experience. Available in Spanish.

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