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Dr. Sigrid Rausing to Present the 3rd Annual Front Line Defenders Lectureposted on: 2015/03/29

On Monday, 30 March, Dr. Sigrid Rausing will give the 3rd Annual Front Line Defenders lecture in association with University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin in the Royal Irish Academy on Dawson Street, Dublin 2 at 6.30pm.


On Wednesday 14 January, Front Line Defenders launched its 2015 Annual Report, “Human Rights Defenders, Lives in the Balance” which examines in detail the deteriorating situation for human rights defenders (HRDs) around the world, in the period January – December 2014.

The report was launched internationally at a press conference in Dublin by Mary Lawlor, Founder and Executive Director, Front Line Defenders, Andrea Rocca, Head of Protection, Front Line Defenders and keynote speaker Mary Akrami, Co-founder and Director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Centre (AWSDC) in Kabul and Board Member of the Afghan Women's Network (AWN). The AWSDC was the first safe house for women and children in Afghanistan.

"Panic Button" app for human rights defenders included in the Nominet Trust 100posted on: 2014/12/11

Panic Button, a mobile app designed to allow human rights defenders (HRDs) and other activists to use their phone as a discreet alarm device, has been included on the 2014 Nominet Trust 100, a list of the world's best digital innovations for social change.

HRDs in the Newsposted on: 2014/10/07

HRDs in the News is a regular news round-up which draws together news about human rights defenders (HRDs) who have been appearing in the world media.

"Is it Possible to be Safe Online? Human Rights Defenders and the Internet" - A public lecture by Bruce Schneier posted on: 2014/09/16

On Monday 06 October, computer security expert Bruce Schneier will speak at The Second Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture to be held in partnership with University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin.

This public lecture, entitled "Is it Possible to be Safe Online? Human Rights Defenders and the Internet", will explore the issues faced by human rights defenders and activists on the ground as the use of computers and the Internet in their work is becoming increasingly commonplace and the threats posed by governments manipulating, monitoring and subverting electronic information, increased surveillance and censorship and the lack of security for digitally communicated and stored information is on the rise.