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This page from Ssense is a compilation of links, resources, guides, and writings. If you are looking to donate funds, volunteer time, educate yourself on complex topics, this is where we’ll post it; if you are looking for ways to stay safe while protesting, know your rights, or participate in actions and demonstrations from home, this is where you’ll find it. While primarily focused on North America, they are also incorporating information from international sources. They will be updating it on an ongoing basis, and have committed to vetting everything included here to ensure it is inclusive, current, accurate, and transparent.

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Human Rights First maintains a list of resources for human rights defenders who are facing security threats because of their work. This compilation includes information about emergency funds, fellowships, human rights awards, training opportunities, and guidelines for embassies and missions on the protection of human rights defenders.

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Security  |   Guidelines  |   UPR Info 

Safety of the human rights defenders is a priority for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The purpose of this handbook is to share information to make sure that human rights defenders will understand the risks they could face due their engagement in the promotion of human rights, and what means are available to protect themselves in case of intimidation and reprisals.

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The Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program provides emergency assistance; security, opportunity, and advocacy rapid response grants (SOAR grants); and security assessment and training to human rights defenders (HRDs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) under threat or attack due to their work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) human rights.

Emergency assistance applications can be submitted in English, Arabic, French, Chinese, Farsi, and Spanish.

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Grant programs are an important element of many organizations’ response efforts. Grants have been used to: improve security (through the provision of surveillance cameras, bars on windows, security guards, etc.); to purchase equipment (radios, computers, mobile phones); to provide safe transport to meetings or court hearings; to pay for legal and medical fees; to support evacuations to safe houses or; to support temporary relocation for a women human rights defender (WHRD) and her family to another city or country. The following is a list of organizations sorted by region, that will perform grants and relief programs.

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The grants and technical assistance of the Fund for Global Human Rights are focused on crucial and difficult work that otherwise might falter for lack of resources, bring financial stability to human rights groups, and help human rights defenders increase their visibility and impact. The Fund supports a wide range of human rights issues, such as defending indigenous land rights in Guatemala, promoting women’s rights in Morocco, pressing for accountability for war crimes in West Africa, and ending the practice of bonded labor (a form of slavery) in India.

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Overbrook supports varying approaches to defending human rights defenders in Latin America. These strategies for defending human rights activists on the ground range from physically extracting activists who find themselves in dangerous situations, to organizing campaigns calling international attention to activists under attack, to providing them with training on how to operate safely on the internet and maintain secure and private communications with their fellow activists.

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