Established in 2002 the Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders is a biennial event which provides a truly unique opportunity for human rights defenders at risk, from every corner of the world, to come together to share experiences, learn from one another, discuss relevant issues and engage with decision makers from governmental and intergovernmental bodies.
The 8th Front Line Defenders Dublin Platform took place from the 4th to 6th of November in Dublin Castle, bringing together more than 110 human rights defenders from 99 different countries, to share experiences, learn from each other and come up with new and more effective strategies for their security and protection.
"For me to be here in Dublin is wonderful, because I see that I am not on my own to fight for human rights"
HRD, Russia (2005)
As part of each Dublin Platform, Front Line Defenders works with all of the participants to coordinate panel discussions, defender testimonies, presentations and working groups to address the most pressing security and protection issues facing human rights defenders in their daily lives. Each year considerable focus is given to methods of strengthening the mechanisms of protection, engaging the international community, holding perpetrators accountable and providing support to those under attack.
"I can listen to your stories and share your experience and so gain confidence."
HRD, China (2010)
Each of the eight Dublin Platforms in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015 have brought together more than 100 human rights defenders from over 80 countries around the world.
The 9th Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders is due to take place in 2017.
Previous Dublin Platforms:
My safety and the safety of my family were threatened. I was forced to sign statements without being permitted to read them.