Press Room for Human Rights Journalists

Welcome to Civil Rights Defenders’ press room, where you will find a short summary of the organisation’s history, information about our work and contact information for our communications department.

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Our history
Civil Rights Defenders is an independent international human rights organisation based in Sweden. The organisation was founded in 1982 under the name the Swedish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights. The main donor for our international activities is the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. Our work is also supported by foundations, corporations and thousands of individuals.

Our work
We defend people’s civil and political rights and empower human rights defenders at risk. We do this by scrutinising state authorities and demanding accountability when people’s rights have been violated. We pursue legal proceedings against states and support human rights defenders with training, resources and expertise – to protect the space in which they act and to strengthen their performance. We conduct lobbying and advocacy work aimed at national and international decision makers. In totalitarian states, we reach out with independent information to people through alternative media for discussion and debate. Learn more about our work.

Contact us
Journalists are welcome to contact us for information or comments regarding people’s civil and political rights in the countries where we are active.

Contact the Communications department at press@civilrightsdefenders.org or +46 76 576 27 62 for more information or to book an interview with Robert Hårdh, Executive Director of Civil Rights Defenders, or one of our human rights experts.

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Robert Hårdh, Executive Director

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Hampus Stenberg, Head of Communications