Attacks on human rights defenders (HRDs) and civic and political space happen throughout the world.

The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) is funded as a ‘global thought leader’ by the Open Society Foundations, and other funders, to research the risks facing HRDs and security management practices, their wellbeing, and strategies for pushing back.

The Human Rights Defender Hub brings together our work on temporary relocation, knowledge exchange and research in relation to HRDs. 

Our projects

Wellbeing and relocation

We explore the wellbeing of HRDs, a critical - but still often neglected - issue in the human rights movement.

Security and protection

Our researchers are investigating how HRDs are navigating risk, managing security and receiving support from civil society networks.

UN Special Rapporteur

We provided research support for the UN Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the situation of human rights defenders.