I lobby and advocate for protection of HRDs and support HRDs to do such advocacy themselves.  Major advocacy "targets" are the European Union institutions (like the EEAS) and Permanent Representations of EU member states in Brussels, foreign ministries of European countries, and EU Delegations and embassies of EU member states in "third countries."  Through face-to-face meetings, e-mails and telephone calls, I've urged the EU and EU member states to take action to protect HRDs such as observe trials, make public statements, issue multiple-entry visas, raise cases with the local authorities, and visit HRDs in prison or on-the-job - always in consultation with the HRDs themselves or their representatives.

In March and May 2017, with an Amnesty International team, I participated in meetings with EU institutions and EU member states to advocate for support for Russian human rights defenders. 

 

 

At a hearing to launch the handbook I wrote for Front Line Defenders at the European Parliament, Brussels, November 2013