About Civil Rights Defenders

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Civil Rights Defenders is an independent international human rights organisation based in Sweden. The organisation was founded in 1982 under the name Swedish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights.

Our work
We defend people’s civil and political rights and empower human rights defenders at risk. We do this by scrutinising state authorities and demanding accountability when people’s rights have been violated. We pursue legal proceedings against states and support human rights defenders with training, resources and expertise – to protect the space in which they act and to strengthen their performance. We conduct lobbying and advocacy work aimed at national and international decision makers. In totalitarian states, we reach out with independent information to people through alternative media for discussion and debate.

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