The Observatory on Public Policies for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

The FOCUS Observatory on Public Policies for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders is an online platform aimed at monitoring, analysing and promoting good practice in policy developments that governments and other state authorities adopt for protecting human rights defenders and their right to defend human rights on a global level.

Map of public policies

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Key Elements

Who are human rights defenders? Why is it important to protect them? What is the role of the states in protecting them? In this section, we review all key elements linked to protection policies for human rights defenders.

PI publications

Protection International has been working on public policies since 2007. Over the years, we have gathered our expertise and good practices in research publications, practical tools and reports.


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Latest additions

ILGA. The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
Throughout the world, legal gender recognition remains a major concern for trans human rights defenders. It is a crucial component...
US Foreign Relations Committee
January 31, 2024 WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of...
European Network of National Human Rights Institutions. ENNHRI
May 2024 For the fifth subsequent year, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in the European Union (EU) provide their insights...
Legal Rights Center
On 14 May 2024, the NCIP conducted its first consultation to disclose the proposed newFPIC Rules. These rules are significant...
Colectivo de abogados José Alvear Restrepo (Cajar)
Bogotá-Washington DC., March 18, 2024. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has issued a historic ruling in which it recognizes...
Nigerian Tribune
Human Rights Defenders in Nigeria have called on the Executive and Legislatures to work together in order to institute laws...
Protection International
The defence of human rights in Guatemala is currently going through one of its worst crises since the processes of...