The Southern Defenders embodies an ironclad commitment to protecting human rights defenders (HRDs) in the face of attacks and shrinking civic space.
The Southern Defenders embodies an ironclad commitment to protecting human rights defenders (HRDs) in the face of attacks and shrinking civic space. It coordinates regional efforts to provide rapid, practical, comprehensive, and inclusive protection support to HRDs at high risk, defend civic space, and empower HRDs to mitigate the effects of repression. To this end, the Southern Defenders contribute to the respect and recognition of HRDs as legitimate actors and agents of social change with universally recognized and constitutionally guaranteed rights.
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