Based in The Hague, HRDiplomacy works to help ensure a safe working environment for human rights defenders (HRDs) by promoting action by diplomats and the countries they represent to support and protect them. HRDiplomacy pursues this goal by:
Designing and facilitating workshops that bring diplomats and local HRDs together to discuss how HRDs can best be supported and protected by diplomats and their countries.
Developing tools for diplomats to support them in their efforts to support and protect HRDs; conducting workshops to discuss and practice using these tools.
Raising HRDs' awareness of policies of the EU and a number of individual countries and of how they can practically go about getting support and protection from diplomats; supporting HRDs in formulating and conveying requests for support to diplomats.
Evaluating or assessing the implementation of policies and projects to support and protect civil society organizations and HRDs and making recommendations for improvement.
- Identifying and documenting "good practices" in diplomats' protection of HRDs and raising awareness of such practices.
"...thank you very much for all the work you have been doing, I have learned a lot from it." - the human rights specialist at a European embassy in Cairo, July 2022.
"The...workshop provided an excellent opportunity for networking and learning about each other's needs." - European Union, EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2018, in relation to a workshop in Moscow involving diplomats and Russian human rights defenders facilitated by HRDiplomacy.