About Defenders’ Days

Defenders' Days is a conference for and with human rights defenders.

Defenders’ Days is a conference for and with human rights defenders.

Defenders’ Days is one of the world’s largest conferences for and with human rights defenders. It is organised by Civil Rights Defenders and takes place in Stockholm every second year in April. In 2018, roughly 200 human rights defenders from five continents participated in the conference.

Defenders’ Days was first organised in 2013. The purpose of the conference is to strengthen and support human rights defenders. It is also to create opportunities for networking and exchange of knowledge between people who everyday, despite risks to their own safety, fight for democracy, freedom of expression, and human rights.

The conference includes workshops for, and together with, human rights defenders. Defenders’ Days offers a broad list of topics to learn more about, such as digital security, psychosocial aspects of security, and innovation as means to combat human rights violations.

The aim of Defenders’ Days is to

  • strengthen the capacity and protection of human rights defenders;
  • support cooperation, networking and exchange of knowledge among human right defenders;
  • strengthen the recognition of human rights defenders and highlight the situation of human rights defenders at risk.

Civil Rights Defenders’ ambition is to make sure that the participating human rights defenders leave Defenders’ Days with enhanced knowledge in relevant topics as well as a feeling of strong moral support from the international community.

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