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Protection Handbook for Human Rights Defenders

Front Line Defenders

This handbook is intended to give people practical advice on how to deal with the threats, intimidation, and attacks that often arise when performing the work of a human rights defender. The handbook attempts to summarize and adapt the ‘Protection Manual’ in a more compact form which can be more readily distributed and used by human rights defenders. Front Line was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the specific aim of protecting Human Rights Defenders; people who work non-violently for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Front Line believes that human rights defenders are key agents of change and that the only way to ensure long terms sustainable development based on human rights, is to create a safe space in which human rights defenders can work.