Dispatches 2015 highlights the challenges facing Front Line Defenders in providing fast and effective support to human rights defenders around the world, as the space in which HRDs can work safely continues to shrink.
The organisation's programmes include: fact finding missions to meet HRDs, assess the security risks facing them and discuss with them the most effective way of dealing with these threats, as well as high level advocacy and campaigning. In addition, through its Personal Protection and Digital Security training and its Protection Grants Programme (which can respond within 24 hours of an incident), Front Line Defenders provides direct practical support to meet the immediate security needs of HRDs at risk.
Too many brave people working non-violently and legitimately for the rights of others are killed because of their work. They are sacrificed to the corrupt power of autocrats, the violence of armed groups and criminals, and the greed of extractive industries and other business interests.
- Mary Lawlor, Executive Director