On 7 February up to 40 participants joined a Civic Charter Webinar on rapid response mechanisms led by was Javier Roura Blanco, Communications and Reporting Officer at ProtectDefenders.EU. It focused on their tools and resources available to activists who work on the frontline of defending human rights.
ProtectDefenders.eu is the European Union Human Rights Defenders mechanism, and provides emergency assistance and support to activists in many ways: from advocacy and capacity-building to material support, including temporary relocation, tailored to the specific needs of each individual, community or organisation.
Vincent Koech, Kenyan Human Rights Activist Vincent Koech, said:
“Personally I have learnt something new on how to protect myself and how to seek help and the presentation by Javier was on point and easy to understand and I would like to participate in another similar webinar”.
Miriam Niehaus, Securing Civic Rights Manager, said:
“From the number of registrations and participants we received, we can tell that this topic really hit a nerve with our Civic Charter community.”
“While there are a lot of fantastic resources available for defenders at the frontline, many don’t know how to access that or that they are even eligible. We will endeavour to offer more such relevant webinars in the next weeks.”
You can find all information about upcoming events and webinars in our events section.
Marion Lieser explains why the Centre plays an important convening role and what kind of work she would international civil society organisations engage on with the Centre