In December 2019, the government of Colombia introduced the Public Policy Framework for the Integral Protection and Guarantees for Social Leaders, Community Leaders, Journalists and Human Rights Defenders. The document aims to provide a methodological route for the comprehensive protection of human rights defenders (HRDs or defenders). It was developed as a tool for defenders to claim their protection, as well as for newly appointed authorities to more easily develop comprehensive protection policies for defenders on their territory.
This document consists of seven chapters. The first chapter sets out the background and rationale. In the second, the conceptual framework of public policy. In the third, the diagnosis of the situation. In the fourth, the central problem and its associated causes. In the fifth, the general objective and the development of the strategic guidelines with their corresponding lines of action. Sixth, the alignment of the policy with other public policies. The final and seventh section presents the conclusions.