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HRD Memorial Project Volunteer

Front Line Defenders is currently looking for a regular volunteer to assist with the Human Rights Defender Memorial Project at Front Line Defenders' office in Blackrock, Co Dublin, for at least two days per week between the hours of 10.00AM and 05.00PM.


  • Maintaining the daily log of reports on killings of HRDs
  • Fact-checking and validating information
  • Writing profiles of human rights defenders for the HRD Memorial website:

Key skills would be accuracy, attention to detail and the ability to work independently. Ability to work in either Spanish or Portuguese would also be an advantage.

The HRD Memorial

In November 2016, on the initiative of Front Line Defenders and a coalition of 22 national and international human rights organisations came together in Dublin to launch a major new collaborative project to highlight the escalating issue of the killing of human rights defenders. The HRD Memorial (

All of the organisations involved in the project are increasingly concerned about the number of human rights defenders who are killed each year because of their peaceful human rights work. Collectively we estimate that since 1998, when the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders was unanimously approved by the UN, an estimated 3,500 HRDs have been targeted and killed. Repressive governments continue to kill HRDs because they believe that these are expendable people who will soon be forgotten. The HRD Memorial aims to challenge this thinking by celebrating the work and achievements of HRDs. The HRD Memorial will document the cases of all those human rights defenders killed since the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders in 1998. The HRD Memorial was inaugurated by the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, in November 2016.

For further information please contact Jim Lougran via

Front Line Defenders is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

In providing protection and support to human rights defenders, Front Line Defenders and its staff are committed to:
- focus on the primacy and centrality of defenders;
- demonstrate profound respect and empathy for defenders;
- meet the needs expressed by the defenders in a fast, flexible and relentless manner;
- achieve tangible impact;
- act with independence, impartiality and integrity;
- perform with dedication, professionalism and accountability;
- show transparency and openness;
- develop participative and cooperative relations.