Around the world, courageous people and communities are fighting to turn the tide of authoritarianism, environmental destruction, and social injustice. But they face attacks, harassment, and censorship from powerful vested interests. Many pay the ultimate price.
Open Briefing is a vital part of the response. We prevent and respond to serious attacks on the people and organisations fighting for peace, human rights, and environmental justice around the world, and work to create the conditions in which they no longer happen. Our ‘holistic security’ support allows human rights defenders and other activists to remain active and effective in local movements.
Last year, our international teams of protection specialists, digital security trainers, and counsellors and psychologists answered over 300 calls for assistance and provided over 6,000 hours of direct support to civil society organisations and activists under threat in 41 countries.
As a social enterprise, we also provide consultancy, training, and retained support to help high-impact nonprofits and foundations understand and meet their risk management and duty of care commitments to staff, grantees, and local partners.
We support many well-known organisations and high-profile defenders at risk; you will know them and their work. But you will likely never hear of most of our partners: human rights defenders in Yemen, women’s rights activists in Afghanistan, environmental defenders in Mexico, peacebuilders in Myanmar, pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, LGBT+ activists in Sri Lanka, community leaders in South Africa, indigenous defenders in Ecuador, journalists in Russia, and humanitarians in Central African Republic. Their work is the very heartbeat of civil society.
By enhancing their self-protection efforts, Open Briefing empowers those targeted for their advocacy to remain in the struggle for peace, human rights, and environmental justice, both in their countries and internationally. For 10 years, we have stood together with those speaking truth to power. And we are just getting started.
“Open Briefing supported me to understand the threats I face in my complex security situation. They collaboratively developed strategies to improve my physical and digital security and personal wellbeing. This enables me to make practical decisions around my security and resilience, while continuing to advocate for the human rights of women in a difficult and high-risk environment”.
Human rights defender, Afghanistan