The work of human rights defenders becomes uncomfortable and frustrating, as those in power use all the tools at their disposal to injure, kill, detain, delegitimise and criminalise the work of those of us who dedicate ourselves to defending hope.
The 2019 Dublin Platform was held from 2-4 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. This year marks the 10th Dublin Platform and brings over 120 HRDs from around the world.
"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
Ahead 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 Dublin Platforms in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 have brought together more than 100 human rights defenders from over 80 countries around the world. 2019 will be the 10th Dublin Platform for human rights defenders at risk.
Previous Dublin Platforms: