Our goals

Civil Rights Defenders’ overall goal is to improve people’s access to freedom and justice through increased respect for their civil and political rights.

To achieve our overall goal, we our work is guided by three subsidiary goals. Civil Rights Defenders shall:

1. Support people claiming their civil and political rights by:

  • Increasing access to legal aid
  • Increasing access to independent information

2. Demand that states take responsibility for respect for human rights by:

  • Advocating for better human rights laws
  • Improving the application of existing human rights laws

3. Strengthen local human rights defenders by:

  • Improving their ability and capacity to advocate for their rights and fight for change
  • Improving security for human rights defenders at risk