Our Work in Sweden and the World 2016
For more information about our work and last year’s results, read our annual report 2016.
For more information about our work and last year’s results, read our annual report 2016.
Civil Rights Defenders continues to grow rapidly and has used this momentum to intensify our work around the world.
In the 2017 edition of Time to Act, we draw attention to the challenges and risks that human rights defenders face in some of the most repressive regions in the world. The magazine also highlights some of Civil Rights Defenders’ significant achievements in the recent history.
Join us in celebration of Mr. Edmund Yakani – Civil Rights Defender of the Year 2017. Edmund Yakani is a leading human rights defender from South Sudan. On 4 April, he joins us in Stockholm to receive the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award 2017.
Often situated at the perilous forefront of human rights work, in some of the most repressive societies in the world, women human rights defenders challenge power structures that are based on stereotypes, discrimination and misogynistic attitudes. Many women human rights defenders have become role models by breaking new ground for speaking out for those who can’t. Among them is Vietnamese blogger “Me Nam”.
Civil Rights Defenders together with the undersigned organisations have made an appeal to the International Association of Prosecutors to take the necessary steps to ensure that they comply with the Standards of Professional Responsibility of and Statement of the Essential Duties and Rights of Prosecutors. While recognising the commitment and sacrifice of many prosecutors the undersigned have observed situations in which some prosecutors have been involved in prosecutions that violate basic human rights laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent international covenants, conventions and instruments to which the Association should adhere to.
The last couple of months have been rather eventful. Among many things, Civil Rights Defenders has won a lawsuit against the Swedish State, released a new edition of the magazine Time to Act, organised the tenth edition of the regional Moot Court and published a report on freedom of expression in Russia. We have also welcomed more than 160 human rights defenders to our annual conference Defenders’ Days – Empowering Human Rights Defenders at Risk. Read more in our latest newsletter.
Civil Rights Defenders’ main objective is to defend people’s civil and political rights and to strengthen human rights defenders at risk. We are continuing to grow as an organisation and throughout 2015 we intensified our work globally. In 2015, Civil Rights Defenders established a presence in Palo Alto, San Francisco, at the Nordic Innovation House. Our presence in Palo Alto is a significant step forward for our focus on innovation and fundraising.
The 2016 edition of Time to Act was released in connection with Civil Rights Defenders’ annual conference, Defenders’ Days – Empowering Human Rights Defenders at Risk. The magazine gives an overview of the challenges and risks human rights defenders face worldwide as their freedoms are under attack. Furthermore, it summarises Civil Rights Defenders’ work, achievements and impact throughout the world.
The Communications Department is responsible for the external positioning of Civil Rights Defenders and acts as an internal advisor on various strategic communication issues. As an intern you will be involved in implementing the communication department’s mission. You will write articles, do research and translation work and serve as a general support to the communications team.
For the fourth time in succession this year, Civil Rights Defenders opens the doors to Defenders’ Days! We welcome 160 human rights defenders from all over the world to attend the conference and to enjoy the opportunities for networking and sharing experiences. Furthermore, we have invited some of the world’s foremost human rights expert to host a wide variety of trainings, workshops and presentations.
(Svenska) Runt om i världen arbetar modiga människor intensivt med att skydda grundläggande mänskliga rättigheter, inte sällan med risk för sitt eget liv. Många av dem verkar i repressiva regioner vilket gör att de befinner sig i en utsatt situation på såväl arbetet som på fritiden. För de allra mest utsatta kan situationen eskalera mycket snabbt, vilket skapar ett behov av akut stöd – för detta har Civil Rights Defenders upprättat Akutfonden.
The 9th of November 2015 is the nomination deadline for the 2016 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. The Award is granted annually to an individual, or exceptionally an organisation, in recognition of their commitment and ongoing efforts in the defence and promotion of human rights. Civil Rights Defenders is one of the members of the Award’s Panel of Regional NGOs.
The Swedish summer has been a veritable downpour, raining almost every day. However the clouds cleared on the 01st August 2015 as hundreds of thousands lined the street to welcome the endless themed floats and participants from all over the world attending the Stockholm Pride Parade 2015. Civil Rights Defenders was delighted to welcome visitors from Russia, Moldova, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo who danced through the liberal streets of Stockholm.
For 33 years we have championed human rights and the people who put themselves at great risk to defend it. The work we do is based on the needs at a local level, knowledge of the countries in which we operate and is in accordance with international laws. And because the needs always outweigh available […]
We offer internships to students and those who have recently completed their studies at university or college. The internship is unpaid and full-time. Primarily we offer internships to students of human rights, law, political science, international relations, journalism, communications or similar. We want your application no later than 16 November.
October 11 marks National Coming Out Day (NCOD) an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating ‘Coming Out’ and to raise awareness of the LGBT community and civil rights movement.
Civil Rights Defenders goal in 2013 was to strengthen our position as a global human rights organisation. We have achieved that goal with a great margin! We are now expanding our activities to Latin America and West Africa and we have strengthened our independence with several new and powerful sources of funding. In April we launched the world’s first assault alarm for human rights defenders – Natalia Project.
The magazine Time to Act gives an overview of Civil Rights Defenders work throughout the world. In the second edition you will be walked through the main developments, achievements and the highs and lows in human rights throughout 2013.
Are you interested in human rights? Then you should apply for an internship at Civil Rights Defenders for the autumn 2014. We are seeking interns to four of our departments: Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin Amerika and the department for Support to Human Rights Defenders at Risk.
Today we will celebrate the work and achievements of Ales Bialiatski, a brave human rights defender from Belarus, by handing out the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award during Defenders’ Days in Stockholm. The award ceremony can be viewed via our Bambuser channel. Tune in right now! #defendersdays
A new year is almost upon us. But, before we leave the recent year behind us, it is important to look back and reflect on the challenges, events and developments that shaped 2013. What lessons can we take from recent events and how can we best defend human rights in 2014?
Today, on Human Rights Day, we think about all those people who risk their lives every day standing up for the marginalised, the vulnerable and the voiceless. They fight, they campaign and they die in their efforts to bring to the world’s attention the plight of people who suffer oppression and degradation in societies where human, civil and political rights are an alien concept.
We welcome interns to the Department for Southeast Asia, the Communication Department, the Department for Eastern Europe and Central Asia and one intern to the Department for support to human rights defenders at risk. As an intern you should have a genuine and documented interest in human rights and basic knowledge about Civil Rights Defenders. An application should be sent no later than 17 November 2013.
”Finally people are becoming engaged in doing something positive”, says Hedi Fried, Holocaust survivor about the Natalia Project. Watch the film clip here and learn more about the Natalia Project on http://natalia.civilrightsdefenders.org
The Civil Rights Captcha was awarded one Golden Egg and two Silver Eggs in the competition for Sweden’s best and most creative communication solutions. “This year’s winner managed to fight both trolls and bots by asking a simple question: Are you human?”, the jury says in the motivation.
We welcome internship applications to the Department for Southeast Asia, the Department for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Department for support to human rights defenders at risk and to the Communication Department. An application should include a cover letter and a CV and be sent to us no later than 31 May 2013.
During the year, we kick-started a new, specially focused programme to empower human rights defenders who live with threats. We succeeded beyond all expectations. The result was thirteen training courses – more than one a month – on digital and physical security for 130 human rights defenders in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, East Africa and Southeast Asia.
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On July 15, 2009, Natalia Estemirova was abducted and later found murdered because of her committed human rights work. In honour of her memory and with your participation we are proud to present a personal assault alarm for human rights activists at risk.
Civil Rights Defenders broadcast most of our seminars, held in Sweden, live on Bambuser. You can also see them afterwards on our Bambuser-channel. Visit http://bambuser.com/channel/civilrightsdefenders. We also publish films on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/crdefenders, you can also find these films in our video archive on this website. Click on category ”Video” down below in the foot of the page.
All our videos are now available on the website. Listen to Zdravko Cimbaljec – Montenegro’s first gay person – talk about his decision to come out, and hear Lilya Ten, from the organisation Labrys, speak about the situation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Kyrgyzstan. All this in the video Talking about pride pt.1.
During 2010 we were instrumental in the first-ever Pride Festival being held in Belgrade, Serbia. During the elections in Belarus we reported directly to foreign media about the regime’s actions to silence the opposition. Through the Stockholm Process vulnerable human rights defenders from the North Caucasus recieve an opportunity to exchange experiences at the same […]