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Resources for HRDs

Handbooks, Training Manuals & Workbooks

Workbook on SecurityWorkbook on Security:
Practical Steps for
Human Rights Defenders at Risk

The Front Line Defenders Workbook on Security has been inspired by the hundreds of HRDs from over 50 countries who have attended Front Line Defenders workshops on security and protection. These HRDs have been able to continue their work because they have taken steps to manage their security. They have assessed their situation in a systematic way and developed strategies and tactics which best suit their unique environment.


The European Union:
What it Can Do,
Getting it to Take Action

While the EU and its Member States can contribute to the protection of HRDs, HRDs might not know exactly when they should seek help from the EU, what they can expect from it, or how to approach it. This handbook is meant to address this need and shows HRDs the specific actions they can expect from the EU in meeting their protection needs, and how they can approach the EU for assistance.


Trial Observation Handbook
for Human Rights Defenders

This handbook is designed to enable trial observers to accurately report on trial proceedings and contribute to the protection of HRDs facing prosecution by highlighting injustice and the lack of due process. The presence of trial observers sends a clear message that the right to a fair trial in which all the evidence can be heard and examined without prejudice is a fundamental human right.