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Bangkok workshop on protection for HRDs in Asia
Sitting in on the Front Line Defenders training of trainers workshop in Bangkok I am struck by the great diversity of political, cultural and security contexts faced by human rights defenders across this very varied region. From China to Sri Lanka, from Pakistan to the Philippines the threats faced by human rights defenders vary enormously. The constant is their courage in continuing their work on behalf of the rights of others in the face of great personal risk.
The participants have been enthusiastically exploring techniques for risk analysis, stress management, digital security and protection strategies. Each participant brings considerable experience of working in hostile environments and the shared learning is the most valuable aspect of the workshop. The objective is to build the capacity to deliver effective training in security for human rights defenders across the region.