UPDATED / A Quick Guide on Security for Human Rights Defenders

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UPDATED / A Quick Guide on Security for Human Rights Defenders

Development workers are human rights defenders in the main. Our work as human rights defenders has always been accompanied with risks to life and security. Such risks are amplified by the current global trend of closing spaces for peoples’ movements and civil society. This handbook is intended as a quick reference for suggestions and steps to improve your personal and digital security situation.

In the Philippines, the Duterte government has been decisively and brazenly shutting down civic and democratic spaces. The so-called Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (ATA 2020), and the greater use of digital platforms since the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, have increased the physical and information security risks for rights defenders. These warranted updates on the sections of this handbook.

 

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