Human rights defenders and their security

This site is a collection of the most important international documents related to human rights: instruments, case law, articles, bibliographic references, Internet sites, reports and human rights actors. On the website you will find, classified by theme, full texts of judgments and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and of the UN Human Rights Committee, as well as international and regional conventions on human rights, reports of the United Nations or non-governmental organizations, scholarly articles, bibliographic references, and a portal of Internet sites on human rights and a list of actors (NGOs, universities, international organizations) playing a role in this field.

In 1990, in response to a growing number of privacy threats, more than a hundred leading privacy experts and Human Rights organizations from forty countries linked arms to form a world organization for the protection of privacy. Members of the new body, including computer professionals, academics, lawyers, journalists, jurists and human rights activists, had a common interest in promoting an international understanding of the importance of privacy and data protection. Meetings of the group, which took the name Privacy International, were held throughout that year in North America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific, and members agreed to work toward the establishment of effective privacy protection throughout the world. The formation of Privacy International is the first successful attempt to establish a structured world focus on this crucial area of human rights.

In order to respond to the marginalisation suffered by many of the country’s Human Rights Defenders, Protection Desk Nepal is developing thematic areas of work giving specific trainings to victims, women human rights defenders, young human rights defenders, defenders working on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights and the Bhutanese refugees. PD-N has plans to develop specific trainings for associations of the internally displaced and defenders working on illegal trafficking of human beings.

The Scholars at Risk program connects Harvard to an international network of universities and colleges—the Scholars at Risk network—that defends the human rights of persecuted scholars worldwide by arranging temporary positions for them in universities around the world. Since we launched the program in 2001, the Scholars at Risk Committee, with the support of the President, has provided a fellowship for at least one scholar per year to come to Harvard. The scholar is selected by an interdisciplinary faculty committee that reviews nominations solicited from throughout the university community. Each scholar is hosted as a visiting fellow in the appropriate academic department.