How to stay safe as a human rights defender

Those who defend human rights are often on the frontlines of the action. As a result, they see great violence and face great danger.

Caring for yourself while you are organizing for human rights is essential. It is important to keep your own safety in mind!

This workbook includes advice on how to maintain your safety and security in various activist situations as a human rights defender:

-making a security plan

-supporting other human rights defenders

-analyzing risk

-keeping your computer and phone secure

-avoiding lawsuits and defending yourself against defamation

-dealing with police


For additional tips, check out this piece on staying safe as a member of the trans community during Pride celebrations. The tips are relatable for all activists, though, and touch on really important safety reminders that everyone should remember. Do you know the phone number of a close friend off by heart (in case of a phone mishap)? Do you remember to carry at least a little bit of cash on you at all times?

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