The Human Rights Defender Hub at CAHR

The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) has supported human rights defenders (HRDs) around the world for over a decade. In 2016 we launched the Human rights Defender Hub, bringing together our work as a leading provider of temporary relocation, knowledge exchange and research in relation to HRDs. The Hub has three core aims:

  • To develop and implement good practice in the relocation and and protection of HRDs at risk, and to support longer-term, preventative and mitigating responses to shrinking civil society space.

  • To strengthen the rigour and impact of research on, with, and for HRDs by developing a shared research agenda on HRDs with leading universities and NGOs.

  • To disseminate good practice and research findings to a broad range of actors in traditional and creative ways in order to shape policy and inform practice.

Supported by the Open Society Foundations the purpose of the Hub is to facilitate dialogue, collaboration and learning regarding the situation of human rights defenders.

Through our international network, we bring together scholars, practitioners and defenders to develop research, create space for exchange and foster new initiatives. We achieve this through a range of network-building activities, including thematic workshops, a working paper series, an early-career researcher symposium and regular public talks.

The Hub also provides a ‘rapid research response’ service for strategic partners. Within this we work closely with the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of HRDs, and support the production of his annual thematic reports to the General Assembly and Human Rights Council.

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