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In this report, DefendDefenders examines the challenges faced by Ethiopian human rights defenders (HRDs) amid the ongoing reform process and makes concrete recommendations for rebuilding a robust and inclusive civil society ahead of elections planned for 2020. Despite some positive developments, serious gaps remain, and rights-based organisations in the country currently lack the capacity to keep pace with these developments. This report outlines several avenues donors and international organisations can use to help effectively rebuild civil society in Ethiopia, such as capacity-building activities, and areas of focus like psychosocial support.

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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.

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Reading time: 2 minutes Lesson 1: More action, less rhetoric How can allies protect WHRDs right to engage at international and regional levels without discrimination, violence or threats? More action, less rhetoric. Spread the word and expose human rights violations within your communities and network. #QueLasLiberen: Demand the release of political prisoners in Nicaragua by downloading the sharable campaign kit…

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Human Rights House Foundation establishes, supports, and connects Human Rights Houses – coalitions of civil society organisations working together to advance human rights at home and abroad. Today, 17 Houses in 11 countries are united in an international network of Human Rights Houses.

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Legal assistance can be indispensible for human rights defenders who are unable to personally find the resources to represent themselves fairly against legal processes that can be biased or corrupt. Trial observation is a monitoring tool aimed at ensuring the respect of due process and fair trial standards and providing protection to defenders subjected to judicial harassment and persecution. The following is a list of organizations sorted by region that performs legal assistance and trial observation.

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