The diplomatic community can be an important source for protection at the national level. Supporting and protecting HRDs against threats and attacks is often a priority for diplomatic missions of States committed to promoting the rule of law, democracy and human rights in their foreign policy. While there are limits to this support and its impact, diplomatic support for human rights work can contribute to HRD’s protection, and enhance their opportunities for participation and action.
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Front Line Handbook for Human Rights Defenders: What Protection Can EU and Norwegian Diplomatic Missions Offer?
This handbook is meant for human rights defenders. It summarises the provisions of the EU and Norwegian Human Rights Defenders Guidelines. It also draws on the results of the EU’s own evaluation of the implementation of its Guidelines carried out in the first half of 2006, which stipulated many steps that should be taken to implement the Guidelines. The handbook details the ways in which the EU and Norway have committed themselves to supporting and protecting human rights defenders. It also makes suggestions to HRDs regarding how they might use these Guidelines as tools to improve their security.
This is a tool for anonymizing photographs taken at protests. It will remove identifying metadata (Exif data) from photographs, and also allow you to selectively blur parts of the image to cover faces and other identifiable information.
If you’re taking to the streets to demand justice for the victims of police brutality and homicide, you may want to leave your phone at home. At the same time, it’s a good idea to bring a phone to a protest so you can record what’s happening and get the message out on social media. To reconcile this tension — between wanting to protect your privacy and wanting to digitally document protests and police misdeeds — the safest option is to leave your primary phone, which contains a massive amount of private information about you, at home and instead bring a specially-prepared burner phone to protests. The Intercept’s Micah Lee discusses how to do this at length in this video.
There’s a deluge of apps that detect your covid-19 exposure, often with little transparency. This Covid Tracing Tracker project will document them. When they began comparing apps around the world, they realized there was no central repository of information; just incomplete, constantly changing data spread across a wide range of sources. Nor was there a single, standard approach being taken by developers and policymakers: citizens of different countries were seeing radically different levels of surveillance and transparency. So to help monitor this fast-evolving situation, they are gathering the information into a single place for the first time with this Covid Tracing Tracker—a database to capture details of every significant automated contact tracing effort around the world.
“A security culture is a set of customs shared by a community whose members may be targeted by the government, designed to minimize risk.” This zine is an excellent introductory piece on security culture. It defines what a security culture is, gives practical examples of how it can be used and implemented, and addresses numerous other components of security culture.
This manual by and for women activists and human rights defenders that is designed to strengthen collective safety so they can continue their vital work. The manual builds on the experiences of women activists to offer practical and interactive approaches that both deepen their understanding of context, power and risk, and help them develop collective strategies and practices which keep them safer and stronger as we defend human rights.
The Blueprints for Change Progressive Organizing and Campaigning Manual is a compilation of all guides produced through Blueprints for Change up till November 2019 in its current edition. This includes 14 detailed how-to guides on cutting-edge approaches to progressive organizing and mobilizing.
Human rights defenders and journalists have regularly been targeted by authorities in Ethiopia simply for expressing themselves freely and for standing for their beliefs. Many reports show that authoritarian governments hire international hacking companies to target human rights defenders. Ethiopia is one of those countries. This digital security guideline, developed in three languages – Afaan Oromo, Amharic and English – aims to empower human rights defenders and journalists with the skills to protect their presence online.
Cyberwomen is a digital security curriculum with a holistic and gender perspective, aimed at offering trainers with tools to provide in-person learning experiences to human rights defenders and journalists working in high-risk environments. The guide is geared towards both professional trainers and those who want to learn how to train others on their digital protection, and include gender considerations as they do so.