Risk Analysis and Protection Plan Principles - Launch Event

Launch of New Principles for Implementing the Risk Approach


Guidance for States on how to more efficaciously protect human rights defenders


Here you can view the press release in English as well as download the principles in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Arabic.


On 27 January, 2021, a group of protection experts from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives--including the United Nations, the Inter-American system, donors, human rights defenders, and the Mexican protection mechanism for human rights defenders and journalists--joined together to discuss the launch of the new Risk Analysis and Protection Plan Principles, otherwise known as the "Risk Approach Recommendations", which aim to change the way we approach the protection of human rights defenders for the better.


Tune in to learn about the importance of using the Risk Approach when it comes to the protection of human rights defenders as well as why we need minimum standards when doing so. In 2020, Protection International hosted a consultation process with 65+ practitioners from around the globe to write 21 principles for these standards.



Speakers include:

  • Joel Hernández García, President, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)
  • Brian Dooley, Senior Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
  • Luciana Peri, Coordinator of the European Union Temporary Relocation Platform (EUTRP) and the “Shelter Initiatives” programme, Secretariat of ProtectDefenders.eu
  • Magda Adamowicz, Program Officer, Human Rights Initiative, Open Society Foundations
  • Ricardo Neves, Human Rights Officer, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Honduras
  • Paola Pacheco Ruíz, Coordinator of Comprehensive Accompaniment to Human Rights Defenders and Migrants of the Scalabrinianas Mission with Migrants and Refugees, Espacio OSC Mexico
  • Islam Al-Khatib, Project Officer, WHRD MENA Coalition
  • Salome Nduta, Director of Programs, Defenders Coalition (Participating independently)
  • Jorge Ruiz del Angel, Director General for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, SEGOB Mexico

Moderated by: Enrique Eguren & Meredith Veit, Protection International