Open Briefing is a groundbreaking non-profit organisation that supports human rights defenders, humanitarian aid workers, peacebuilders, environmental defenders, independent journalists and others striving for social and environmental justice or protecting vulnerable communities.

We provide security risk management, safety and security training, cyber security and open source intelligence support to organisations and individuals, particularly those working in or on fragile and conflict-affected states or under repressive regimes.

We also deliver a public intelligence service so that all citizens can know what is really going on in the world and play their part in changing it.

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“Open Briefing’s high-quality analysis helps us focus our energies on where we can have the greatest impact for the protection of civilians in conflict.” Nick Martlew,
UK director, Crisis Action

“Open Briefing can equip campaigners with the information that they need to expose wrong-doing and to identify alternative solutions.” Gemma Mortensen, Chief Global Officer, Change.org

“We were impressed with Open Briefing’s critical, cost effective and bespoke service.” Adrian Arena, International Human Rights Programme Director, Oak Foundation

“An incredibly valuable week. An eye-opening, thought-provoking and heart-pounding course.”
Homer Venters, Director of Programmes, Physicians for Human Rights

Our vision is a stronger civil society that can protect vulnerable communities and a fragile environment and support the development and implementation of policies based on diplomacy, human rights and the rule of law.

Latest publications

The weekly briefing, 10 October 2017: Liberia holds general election, deputy leader of main opposition party flees Cambodia, Egyptian security forces target members of the LGBT community

10 October 2017

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Liberia holds general election to elect president and members of house of representatives; deputy leader of main opposition party flees Cambodia over fears of arrest; security forces target members of the LGBT community in crackdown in Egypt; and more.
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The weekly briefing, 3 October 2017: Catalonia’s president claims region has won right to statehood, security forces kill demonstrators during protests in Cameroon, relations between Iraqi Kurdistan and Baghdad continue to deteriorate

3 October 2017

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Catalonia’s president claims region has won right to statehood following unofficial independence referendum; security forces kill demonstrators during independence protests in English-speaking parts of Cameroon; relations between Iraqi Kurdistan and Baghdad continue to deteriorate following independence referendum; and more. Read more

Monthly intelligence briefing on the Boko Haram insurgency: August 2017

15 September 2017

The last of five monthly intelligence briefings on the Boko Haram insurgency prepared for the Remote Control Project. This briefing summarises and analyses the main international developments, the actions of US and European partners, the actions of local governments and coalitions, and the various Boko Haram operations over the previous month. Read more

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