Front Line Defenders - The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders
Registered Irish Charity
III - Non-governmental organisations
Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar
Second Floor, Grattan House, -
Blackrock, Co. Dublin -
(+351) 1 212 3750
Front Line Defenders EU Office
Square Marie-Louise 72
Ms Mary Lawlor
Ms Emma Achilli
Head of EU Office
Front Line Defenders is the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders.
Front Line Defenders was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk, people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Front Line Defenders aims to address some of the needs identified by defenders themselves, including protection, networking, training and access to international bodies that can take action on their behalf.
Front Line Defenders seeks to provide rapid and practical support to at-risk human rights defenders, including through a 24 hour emergency response phone line, and to promote the visibility and recognition of human rights defenders as a vulnerable group.
Front Line Defenders runs a small grants program to provide for the security needs of defenders. Front Line mobilizes campaigning and lobbying on behalf of defenders at immediate risk. In emergency situations Front Line can facilitate temporary relocation.
Front Line Defenders conducts research and publishes reports on the situation of human rights defenders in specific countries. The organization also develops resource materials and training packages on behalf of human rights defenders as well as facilitating networking and exchange between defenders in different parts of the world. Front Line promotes strengthened international and regional measures to protect human rights defenders including through support for the work of the UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders. Front Line Defenders seeks to promote respect for the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.
Front Line Defenders' EU office coordinates the organisation's advocacy activities with EU institutions and individual EU governments.
DRAFT REPORT on the Annual report on human rights and democracy in the world 2013, and the European Union’s policy on the matter Date : 28-11-2014
Reference : AFET_PR(2014)541530 PE 541.530v02-00
DRAFT REPORT on ‘Human rights and technology: the impact of intrusion and surveillance systems on human rights in third countries’ 16-02-2015
Reference :AFET_PR(2015)549160 PE 549.160v02-00
COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
Luxembourg, 25 June 2012 - 11855/12
EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on
Human Rights and Democracy
Council conclusions on the 10th Anniversary of the
EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders
FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting
Luxembourg, 23 June 2014
Ensuring protection – European Union
Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders
REGULATION (EU) No235/2014 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 11 March 2014 establishing a financing instrument for democracy and human rights worldwide
FRONT LINE DEFENDERS ANNUAL REPORT 2015 - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS LIVES IN THE BALANCE http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/2015-Annual-Report
Submission by Front Line Defenders to the 22nd Session of the UPR regarding the situation of HRDs in Libya (May 2015) http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/files/front_line_defenders_upr22_lybia_sept2014_full.pdf
Submission by Front Line Defenders to the 22nd Session of the UPR regarding the situation of HRDs in Honduras (May 2015) http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/files/front_line_defenders_upr22_lybia_sept2014_full.pdf
Submission by Front Line Defenders to the 22nd Session of the UPR regarding the situation of HRDs in Belarus (May 2015) http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/files/front_line_defenders_upr22_belarus_sept2014_full.pdf
Submission by Front Line Defenders to the 20th Session of the UPR regarding the situation of HRDs in El Salvador (October - November 2014) http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/files/front_line_defenders_upr20_el_salvador_march2014_full.pdf
Submission by Front Line Defenders to the 20th session of the UPR regarding the situation of HRDs in Egypt (October - November 2014) http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/26923
- Implementation of the EU Guidelines on the protection of human rights defenders (on cases, appointment of EU liaison officer for human rights defenders; local strategies to implement the EU Guidelines);
- Review of human rights policy at central and field levels;
- Other EU policies in favour of human rights defenders at rish (visa issue, shelters in Europe).
On behalf of Front Line Defenders, the persons listed below have had, during the reporting period, four or more contacts with members or officials of the EU institutions with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions; or they have spent 20 percent or more of their working time on behalf of Front Line Defenders carrying out such activities:
Emma Achilli, Head of EU Office
Philipp Woschitz, Advocacy Officer
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Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN)
01/2014 - 11/2014
In 2014, Front Line Defenders received financial support from the following contributors:
European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights
Iris O’Brien Foundation
American Jewish World Service
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Foundation for a Just Society
The Ireland Funds
Lifeline: Embattled NGO Assistance Fund
Open Society Foundations
The Roddick Foundation
Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sigrid Rausing Trust
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Taiwan Foundation for Democracy
The Tikva Grassroots Empowerment Fund
The Violet Jabara Charitable Trust
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