About CRD

Civil Rights Defenders  is a human rights organisation that protects civil and political rights and strengthens human rights defenders at risk. For more than 30 years we have been supporting civil society in repressive countries. Our unique approach involves working closely with activists on the ground, developing channels for international cooperation and communication, and building activists’ capacity to effectively advocate for human rights on the domestic and international levels. During the past decade we have evolved from primarily providing financial support to partners, to a human rights player that supports partners with a combination of dialogue on strategy; long-term financial support; emergency support; preventive security measures; advocacy; networking; and capacity building with a focus on substantive human rights skills. We support human rights defenders in Europe, Eurasia, East Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.