Natalia Project

Natalia Project – Protecting More Than 100 Human Rights Defenders

Photo: Civil Rights Defenders

Over the last few years, Natalia Project – the world’s first assault alarm and positioning system for human rights defenders at risk – has grown significantly. Today, the project includes more than 100 human rights defenders from four continents. One of the participants is Phyllis Omido who works to protect human rights in Kenya. “Natalia Project has freed me from fear, so I can amplify the voice of my people knowing that someone is watching over me”, says Phyllis.

Read the Fourth Newsletter of the Year

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In our latest newsletter you can read about the initiative “Locked up – but not without rights” where two lawyers examine locked institutions in Sweden based on Swedish and international law. We also report about the campaign we have lunched to highlight the anonymous human rights defender and that we on the 10th of December released a report on vulnerable EU citizens’ rights in Sweden. Click here to read the full newsletter.

Second Albanian LGBT activist included in the Natalia Project

Xheni Karaj. Photo: Civil Rights Defenders

“I was once spat at by a man on the street while at a demonstration. Albanian men get very threatened by lesbians so I challenged him. I grabbed his hand and told him I would not let go until the police arrived” said Xheni Karaj, LGBT activist from Albania who is now included in the Natalia Project security system. The Natalia bracelet represents an important physical, moral and psychological support to human rights activists.

Natalia braclet protects LGBT-activist in the Balkans

Kristi Pinderi, LGBT activist from Albania, is one of the human rights defenders included in the Natalia Project.

Kristi Pinderi from Albania, is one of the first human rights defenders from the Western Balkans to be included in the Natalia Project security system. For him the bracelet represents a strong moral support in his day-to-day work: ”Behind the bracelet there is an entire system and organisation with people, institutions, and media ready and willing to act in case of an emergency. It is a way for human rights activists not to feel alone and it is definitely the best tool for empowering them”

(Svenska) Pussy Riot till Sverige

Pussy Riot-medlemmar tillsammans med EU-minister Birgitta Ohlsson och Robert Hårdh, chef för Civil Rights Defenders

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Folkets Hus och Ebba Lindqvist PR tar den ryska feministiska punkgruppen Pussy Riot till Almedalen, för att värna yttrandefriheten. Pussy Riot har genomfört ett antal intervjuer, träffat svenska politiker och har precis deltagit i Öppna Almedalen. ”En regim som inte tål att granskas och kritiseras är en räddhågsen men också farlig regim. Ingen ska behöva fängslas för sina åsikters skull, varför vi kräver att medlemmarna i Pussy Riot omedelbart friges.”
Robert Hårdh, chef, Civil Rights Defenders.