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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Browse through the database of document by region, or refine your search by country, type of document and author in the database section.

Latest additions

US Foreign Relations Committee
2024
January 31, 2024 WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of...
African Defenders
2023
On the 21st of February 2023 the 36th Ordinary session of the African Union took place in Bishoftu, Ethiopia. During...
Protection International
2023
In the second half of the year 2023, Protection International organized a webinar and a Regional Conference (October 11th-13th, Nairobi)...
Philippine Daily Inquirer
2023
A bill that prevents the government from freezing funds donated to human rights workers has been filed in the Senate...
Protection International
2023
Originally published in the Centro Regional de Servicios (CRES) Luis Enrique Eguren y Alexandra Loaiza 10 August 2023 Introduction Since...
Philstar
2023
For the third time in nearly two decades, a bill seeking to protect human rights defenders and punish acts of...
Protection International
2023
In the second half of the year 2023, Protection International organized a webinar and a Regional Conference (October 11th-13th, Nairobi)...
The Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions
2023
An introductory guide for NHRI leaders; describes the nature of NHRIs and requirements of NHRI leadership. Available in Arabic, English...