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Dublin Platform

Dublin Platform

The 2017 Dublin Platform will take place 17-19 October.

Established in 2002, the Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders is a biennial event providing a truly unique opportunity for human rights defenders from almost every country in the world to gather in Dublin. Over 3 days in Dublin Castle, HRDs share strategies for advocacy and protection, build solidarity with colleagues around the world, and network with high-level decision makers from governmental and intergovernmental bodies.

"For me to be here in Dublin is wonderful, because I see I'm not on my own to fight for human rights."
Russian HRD, 2005

S'bu ZikodeAhead of each Dublin Platform, Front Line Defenders works with all HRD participants to coordinate panel discussions, defender testimonies, presentations and working groups to address the most pressing security and protection issues HRD face. 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 listen to your stories, I share your experiences and I gain confidence."
Chinese HRD, 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.

Previous Dublin Platforms:

8th Dublin Platform

7th Dublin Platform

6th Dublin Platform

5th Dublin Platform

4th Dublin Platform

3rd Dublin Platform

2nd Dublin Platform

1st Dublin Platform


Mary Lawlor - 2015 Opening Ceremony