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Join Us in Celebration!


On 12 April, in connection with our conference Defenders’ Days, Civil Rights Defenders hands out this year’s Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award to Mr. Murat Çelikkan. Join us in celebration as we celebrate Murat Çelikkan’s work and achievements during an award ceremony in Stockholm.

In connection with the award ceremony we also invite you to the exciting event “The Future of Democracy and Human Rights”, guested by leading human rights defenders from around the world. Welcome!

Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders – Call for Nominations


The nomination for the Martin Ennals Award 2018 is open! The award aims to recognise human rights defenders who are working in conditions hostile to fundamental human rights, at risk, and in need of protection. In order to be eligible for nomination, the human rights defender must currently be active in the promotion and protection of human rights. Nominate your candidate before 9 November 2017.

Petition to the International Association of Prosecutors


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.

Newsletter 2: June 2016


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.

Our Work in Sweden and the World 2015


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.

Today We Open the Doors to Defenders’ Days 2016


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) När behovet av stöd är akut

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(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.

Civil Rights Defenders Proud to be Part of Stockholm Pride Parade 2015

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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.