The most effective security lessons come from defenders themselves – from their daily experiences and the tactics and strategies they develop over time in order to protect others and their own working environments. This manual must therefore be understood as a work in progress which will need to be updated and adapted as we gather more input from human rights defenders working on the front line. There are also lessons to be learned from international humanitarian NGOs, who have recently started to develop their own rules and procedures to maintain staff security. These manuals were written largely based on the work of PBI.
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Since 1999, New Tactics in Human Rights has created unique resources – organized around the analysis of potential solutions rather than that of specific issues, geographic regions, or target groups – that allow advocates to clearly recognize the unique elements of their situation, and to seek promising approaches that have worked elsewhere in order to apply them to new regions or issues. New Tactics has developed a 5 Steps to Strategic Effectiveness Method. It provides a framework, tools and resources to improve advocates’ ability to combine diverse tactics into complex strategies.
This Practitioner’s Guide provides the prospective trial observer with practical advice on how to carry out a trial observation. It outlines the various criteria and operational aspects that need to be borne in mind when preparing for, and conducting, a trial observation. It also provides a systematic overview of the international norms and standards relating to fair trial and due process in criminal proceedings.
This handbook is intended to give human rights defenders at risk practical advice on how to deal with the attacks which they may have to deal with in their work as a human rights defender. This manual is designed as a quick reference handbook giving helpful and practical suggestions on steps to improve personal security. These manuals were written largely based on the work of Peace Brigades International (PBI).
The International Human Rights Fact-Finding Guidelines (The Lund-London Guidelines) were produced by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in 2009. The Guidelines are a useful tool for NGOs and all individuals and organisations engaged in human rights fact-finding and reporting, providing guidelines for ensuring accuracy, objectivity, transparency and credibility to fact-finding visits and reports. Guidelines are currently available in English, Arabic, French, Russian and Spanish.
The Manual “Understanding Human Rights” is envisioned as a tool for assisting learners and educators in Human Security Network partner countries and beyond in their human rights education and learning efforts in various cultural settings as a strategy for enhancing human security. As designed, it could be a helpful starting point for understanding human rights and human wrongs, for training future trainers and for opening a discussion forum for inter-cultural exchange and awareness.
A Human Rights Defender (HRD) is a person or group that works on the front lines to promote and protect human rights. Because Human Rights Defenders are directly challenging human rights abuses by governments and private parties, their own rights can be endangered. This resource sheet is designed specifically for Human Rights Defenders, providing information about safety and security, emergency assistance for at-risk HRDs, and advocacy tools.
Human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) are intended to minimize human rights risks, lessen adverse impacts, and strengthen positive outcomes of business investments on affected populations. This paper describes why HRIAs are an essential element of the due diligence process stipulated in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, offers case studies of company- and community-led HRIAs, and provides recommendations, among other topics.
The Ruckus Society has created a handout specifically to help design strategic action. It outlines the stages to a campaign, explains the power of social movements, and shows the various ways through which effective action can be achieved.