Capacity building

Protection International's capacity building programme aims to ensure that human rights defenders, civil society organisations (CSOs) and communities are able to continue with their human rights activism in a safe and sustainable manner, even when faced by threats and aggressions.

These protection capacities involve the power of HRDs to make decisions when they are confronted with different alternatives, and the power to take these decisions in safety.

We contribute toward empowering HRDs and increasing the capacity of their CSOs and communities to effectively manage their own protection and security. PI staff support HRDs with capacity-building processes, which cover protection from a comprehensive perspective – i.e. physical, data management and ICT security, as well as psychosocial support.

We equally assist CSOs and communities to devise collective and preventive risk management strategies, including the setup of early-warning systems, building networks of support, and bolstering their advocacy and communication skills to claim their right to defend human rights and push back criminalisation.

PI links grassroots HRDs with duty-bearing authorities and key stakeholders that can support them. At the same time we engage with government and state authorities at different levels (local, regional and national), international human rights protection regimes (regional and global) and other key stakeholders (e.g. EU, diplomatic missions, intergovernmental organisations, etc.) to improve their knowledge and awareness of HRD protection issues.

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Expert services

  Protection International (PI) offers tailored onsite and online capacity building support on security management and protection. Our senior advisors support communities, organisations and individual human rights defenders (HRDs) in assessing their risks in their specific contexts and work towards developing and implementing comprehensive security plans and protocols that address comprehensively their physical and digital security as well as important aspects of self-care and well-being. The support is shaped by a thorough assessment prior to the workshop, a comprehensive analysis and...

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Protection desks

Protection International assists local human rights movements in countries where human rights defenders (HRDs) are at risk and serious threats and aggressions against them persist unabated over the years. Such situations call for long-term, in-country protection support. Our Protection Desks act as local and regional hubs for: Security management expertise. Capacity-building processes. Protection networks development. Monitoring of protection mechanisms and public policies aimed at protecting the right to defend human rights. Protection Desks may take different shapes according to the...

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Self-protection

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.

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Comprehensive protection

In Protection International, we know from our experience that there is no “silver bullet" when it comes to protecting human rights defenders (HRDs). This is because activists, their organisations and communities are immersed in their own unique cultural, social and political contexts. Moreover, risks evolve and change over time. Therefore, any attempts to formulate “one-size-fits-all” security plans or “box-ticking” exercises that can be applied in any situation are doomed to failure. Support to HRDs cannot be reduced to a single security training workshop, which tend to compartmentalise...

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What

Public Policies

Public Policies

We firmly believe that the protection of HRDs should be rooted in a public policy approach, which pr...

Criminalisation

Criminalisation

Criminalisation is a multifaceted phenomenon that makes use of criminal laws and provisions in other...

Collective Protection

Collective Protection

Protection Desk Colombia (PDCOL) – PI’s joint project with Pensamiento y Acción Social (PAS) – recen...

Protection Networks

Protection Networks

PI implements specific work to support the strengthening of non-violent self-protection capacities f...

Business & Human Rights

Business & Human Rights

In Protection International (PI), we believe that the benefits of economic development, growth, and...

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