Protection International is an international non-profit organisation that advocates for, and contributes to, the free exercise of the right to defend human rights. We promote a comprehensive approach to the protection of human rights defenders (HRDs), focusing on collective and long-term accompaniment with the aim to foster an enabling environment for HRDs to operate safely, thus reducing the need for emergency interventions over time. We have been working since 2004 with local partners in over thirty countries across the globe.
One of PI’s key areas of expertise has been the monitoring of and contribution to public policy initiatives for the protection of HRDs worldwide. This strand of work is core to PI’s mission, as it runs through the 3 pillars of our strategy:
We monitor from a critical perspective the development, implementation and impact of public policies for the protection of the right to defend human rights. We have also undertaken research and systematisation of good practices and lessons learned, from which we have drawn different publications.
We firmly believe that the protection of HRDs should be rooted in a public policy approach, which provides the framework for the actions to be taken by the authorities to effectively protect the right of every person to defend human rights.