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On the human rights frontline

How the UK government can defend the defenders

2 October 2021Amnesty International







Around the world there is an unprecedented surge in attacks against human rights defenders – people who protect and promote human rights.

This report is centred on interviews with 82 human rights defenders in seven countries who are targeted because of their vital work.

It highlights and supports their urgent calls for the UK government to do more to support and protect them – through a strategy that is adequately funded, cross-government and gender-responsive.

The report proposes a strategy the UK government could adopt and adapt. Such a strategy could have a huge impact on the lives and work of human rights defenders and organisations, improve the international human rights landscape as a whole, and help the UK achieve a wide range of foreign policy objectives.

You can also read the human rights frontline report summary and the country briefings.

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