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Human Rights Defenders

Human rights defenders are doing critical work in many countries to help avoid the spread of the virus as well as to counter the economic impacts of the measures in fragile states with fragile or lacking social systems. Their role is essential in ensuring that vulnerable communities have access to healthcare, information about the virus and its impacts in the absence of adequate state protection.  They are organising access to water, sanitation campaigns as well as community food reserves among other fundamental activities.  To better face the current coronavirus crisis as well as the huge tasks of recovery, civil society organisations have to be taken on board, politically as well as regarding their funding. 

FIDH #ForFreedom Campaign : COVID-19: Jailed Human Rights Defenders Must Be Released Immediately ACTIVE CAMPAIGN

ProtectDefenders.EU News and Tweets from Human Rights Defenders

Forum 2000: bi-weekly video chats with human rights activists VIDEO CHATS

Front Line Defenders

EuroMed Rights

Civil Rights Defenders

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)

International Service for Human Rights


Protection International 

  • 8 April 2020 The right to defend under COVID19: The voice of a Thai woman human rights defender (Link)
  • 27 March 2020 In full solidarity with defenders: Protection International’s recommendations for Governments in addressing the global COVID-19 pandemic (Link)

OMCT, World Organisation Against Torture