Civic & Political Rights / Human Rights Defenders / Working Groups

Meeting Putin’s Challenge: Practical Recommendations for Supporting Human Rights Defenders

In light of unprecedented attacks on human rights defenders, Andrew Anderson of Front Line Defenders argues for increased direct support to human rights defenders working at the local and national levels, flexibility in funding, and a greater focus on core, multi-year support.   The last two years have seen unprecedented attacks on those working to protect and defend human … Continue reading

Closing Space for Civil Society / Human Rights Defenders

In the Name of Security: When Silencing Active Citizens Creates Even Greater Problems

In their article for Open Democracy, Iva Dobichina of Open Society Foundations and Poonam Joshi from the Fund for Global Human Rights discuss opportunities for civil society actors to use counterterrorism and development policies and processes to fight back against closing space. This article originally appeared on openGlobalRights, part of their ongoing debate on closing … Continue reading

Environment / Human Rights Defenders / Indigenous Peoples

Berta Lives in All of Us: Tribute to Honduran Human Rights Defender Berta Cáceres

On March 3, Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores – Honduran environmental activist and indigenous leader of the Lenca people – was killed in her home. Berta’s death sparked immediate and wide reaction among many IHRFG members. She was more than a grantee; she was an inspiration and friend. As leader of the movement working to block … Continue reading

Closing Space for Civil Society / Human Rights Defenders / IHRFG Events

Reflections from IHRFG’s Human Rights Lab on the Closing Space for Civil Society

IHRFG recently held its semi-annual conference in San Francisco, culminating in a Human Rights Lab where participants strategized and collaborated to respond to the closing space for civil society. Following the event, funders shared their reflections and lessons. Contributed by Caitlin Stanton, Urgent Action Fund – Sometimes, the closing of civil society space is quick … Continue reading

Closing Space for Civil Society / Human Rights Defenders / IHRFG Events

Turning the Human Rights Lens on Ourselves: Rethinking Human Rights Grant-Making with a Grassroots Agenda

IHRFG recently held its semi-annual conference and institute in New York, where participants debated, critiqued, re-framed and re-claimed the rights-based approach and the human rights brand. Following the event, several funders shared their reflections and lessons. Click here to read more. By Obed Kabanda, One World Children’s Fund Advisory Council member, Founder and Executive Director … Continue reading

Human Rights Community / Human Rights Defenders

Call for nominations: 2015 Dutch Human Rights Tulip Award for HR Defenders

Shared by Teyo van der Schoot, Advisor, Human Rights, Hivos – Two weeks ago at the Berlin workshop on shrinking space for civil society, we discussed the need to continue to use the media, whenever possible and opportune, to visualize the work of human rights defenders in a positive way. In light of that, I … Continue reading

Human Rights Defenders / IHRFG Events

IHRFG’s 2015 San Francisco Institute: Digital Security: A Process, Not a Destination

IHRFG recently held a daylong training on digital security for funders, led by the Tactical Technology Collective. Following the event, we will share reflections from the grantmakers who came together to explore this question. Click here to read more lessons and join the conversation! – Contributed by Isaac Kaijankoski, Manager, Workplace and HR Operations, The Christensen … Continue reading

Human Rights Community / Human Rights Defenders / Human Rights Issue / Mobile Media

Human Rights and Technology: Lessons from RightsCon

Contributed by Mona Chun, Deputy Director, IHRFG – Two weeks ago, I attended RightsCon: Silicon Valley along with more than 700 other attendees from over 65 countries.  Access, an organization which builds the technical capacity of digital activists and civil society groups worldwide to advocate for their digital rights, put together this buzzing three-day event.  … Continue reading

Human Rights Community / Human Rights Defenders / Women's Rights

In Focus: Communities of Care: Strategies for the Protection of Women Human Rights Defenders in Chechnya and Beyond

Contributed by Keely Tongate, Director of Programs, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights- This piece was originally published on openDemocracy’s Transformation blog. Luiza has seen many attempts to silence Chechen human rights activists. There was the car with tell-tale tinted windows and no number plates that tried to run over her sister after she … Continue reading

Environment / Human Rights Defenders / Indigenous Peoples / Knowledge Tools

In Focus: The Cost of Defending Natural Resource Rights in the Philippines

Contributed by Hoa Duong, Program Officer for Southeast Asia, Fund for Global Human Rights, and Co-Chair, IHRFG/EDGE Asia and Pacific Funders Working Group- In the early morning of October 18, 2012, soldiers from the Philippine army fired indiscriminately into the farm hut owned by Daguil Capion, a B’laan tribal anti-mining activist who had led a … Continue reading