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Front Line Defenders hosts numerous public events throughout the calendar year, including an Annual Lecture, Speakers Tours, Film Screenings, HRD Events and Fundraising Events.

Dublin Human Rights Festival

Front Line Defenders, Amnesty International Ireland, the National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI), National LGBT Federation and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) hosted a day celebrating activism and advocacy with panel talks and interactive workshops. The panels included discussions on the risks involved in defending LGBTI rights, women's rights, environmental rights and privacy/digital security rights (made accessible) with human rights defenders from around the world.

There were also interactive workshops by VOCALISM (advocacy and storytelling for adults), Clowns Without Borders (circus skills for kids), Dabbledoo Music (music education and empathy for children), and Righteous Verse (protest poetry with a panel of poets including Erin Fornoff, Sahar Ali, Felicia Olusanya, Colm Keegan, Oisín McKenna, John Cummins and Raven).

Festival Highlights


The Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture

Front Line Defenders, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin are delighted to be co-hosting Hauwa Ibrahim at this year’s Front Line Defenders Annual Lecture. Hauwa will introduce her current work "Mothers Without Borders: Steering Youth Away from Violent Extremism" and will also take questions about her work as a prosecutor, defense lawyer and human rights defender.


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Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture
in parternship with University College Dublin & Trinity College Dublin

The Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture was established in 2013 to provoke discussion and debate about the range of issues affecting human rights defenders as they work tirelessly to bring about changes and build robust civil societies. The lecture is broadly accessible to a general audience with an interest in philosophy, law, human rights or politics.

Sigrid Rausing presenting the 2015 Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture
Sigrid Rausing delivering the 2015 Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture.

Day of the Imprisoned Writer

The Day of the Imprisoned Writer is celebrated annually on the 15th November and recognises the courage of writers who resist repression of their right to freedom of expression, who stand up to attacks made against their right to impart information and who have paid a very high price for their bravery. Each year around this date, Front Line Defenders partners with Irish PEN to mark the date with a public event at the Dublin Book Festival.

Iryna Khalip at the 2015 Day of the Imprisoned Writer event
Iryna Khalip, HRD and journalist from Belarus, reading at the 2014 Day of the Imprisoned Writer event.

Film Screenings

Front Line Defenders also hosts ad hoc film screenings to bring the stories of HRDs from around the world to a local audience and to increase awareness of some of the ongoing issues affecting HRDs. In 2015 the organisation partnered with The Netherlands Embassy in Ireland to mark the anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights (10 December 1948) with a film screening of We Are the Giant, a documentary film which presents stories of some of the key HRDs active in Arab Spring protests - including Maryam and Zainab Al-Khawaja. Front Line Defenders has also participated in global screening days of other films, including Gold Fever, and has hosted screening events of films featuring HRDs whom the organsation has supported, such as Blood Rising, which premiered at the Jameson Film Festival, and Call Me Kuchu.

Audience at Gold Fever screeningWe Are the Giant screening
Film screenings of Gold Fever (l) and We Are the Giant (r)