Civil society, including human rights defenders and independent journalists, remain at risk for their activities in too many countries. The number of attacks against them is increasing, including through smear campaigns, physical attacks, arbitrary detentions, torture, enforced disappearances or even extrajudicial killings. These threats force many activists and HRDs in different parts of the world to leave their home countries and lead them into exile.

The aim of this workstream of the cohort on “Civic Space” is to exchange views and best practices on the topics outlined in this concept note and to agree on a short list (2-3) of joint commitments on how to strengthen the support to civil society activists and HRDs in exile. After approval by the cohort as a whole, these joint commitments would be presented at the second Summit for Democracy that is scheduled to take place on 29 March 2022.

Find the concept note here: S4D workstream on HRDs in exile