Strategies to protect human rights researchers and academics at risk

Attacks on human rights defenders and academics are increasing at an alarming rate across the world. By carrying out their research, campaign and advocacy activities they become the target of both state and non-state actors. At a time when documenting human rights violations is more critical, human rights defenders face imprisonment, torture and threats of death. Similarly, academics face increasingly repressive reaction by the governments simply because of what they say or write. 

On 9th of December 2016, the Human Rights Consortium organised a workshop on the strategies to protect human rights researchers and academics at risk with the participation of academics, students and human rights NGOs. The workshop aimed to contribute to the global efforts to develop collaborative and proactive strategies to protect and promote the rights of human rights defenders and academics at risk. We aim to bring together researchers in academic institutions and NGOs to reflect on creative tactics to prevent attacks and improve the conditions of researchers worldwide.


Ms Sinead O'Gorman, Scholars at Risk 
Dr Alice Nah, Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York 
Mr Stephen Wordsworth, Council for At-Risk Academics 
Ms Eva Blum-Dumontet, Privacy International
Ms Susi Bascon, Peace Brigades International UK
Mr Adán Guillermo López Lone, Association of Judges for Democracy 
Ms Hannah Smith, Tactical Technology Collective


For the workshop concept note, please click here

For the workshop programme, please click here.