Open Briefing has today published an updated version of the Holistic Security Protocol for Human Rights Defenders. The new version of the Defender’s Protocol is available now in 21 languages. We have also published a Handbook to accompany the Defender’s Protocol. This offers extensive guidance, exercises and templates to help defenders implement the 21 holistic security measures in the Protocol and adapt them to their situation, work, and profile.
As we near the end of 2020, it is time to reflect a little on our successes while recognising the hugely demanding year it has been for our team. We are all taking time to recoup and spend time with our friends and families over the holiday season. We will be closing the Open Briefing office and pausing operations for three weeks from 19 December to 10 January inclusive. Taking some time to rest will allow our team to continue to meet the massive demand for our support over the coming year. We hope that you get the opportunity to do the same. Happy holidays!
Open Briefing can provide funded holistic security support to rights-based civil society organisations, collectives and defenders working in the global south that cannot otherwise fund this support.
At-risk defenders can now book a free one-hour phone consultation with one of our team. Users can request a consultation to discuss a safety and security, digital security or wellbeing and resilience concern. As well as advice, our consultants can signpost them to resources or refer on to our clinics or intensive support.
Open Briefing is running a series of free monthly online clinics for rights-based defenders, collectives and organisations in the Americas between November 2020 and June 2021.
Due to the end of an interim appointment and an increase in demand for our wellbeing support, we are seeking to contract a highly-experienced and capable consultant to lead our wellbeing and resilience workstream and play an active role in our senior management team.
We have added protest leaders and aid workers to the list of communities covered by our Holistic Security Toolkit. The Toolkit is a curated library of essential resources for specific communities of at-risk civic actors. The third-party resources can be filtered by one or more of the following variables: Language (English, Spanish), Community (Women human rights defenders, LGBT+ activists, Environmental defenders, Freelance journalists, Protest leaders, Aid workers) or Domain (Safety and security, Digital security, Wellbeing and resilience).
Rights-based and humanitarian organisations must take risks to achieve change in the world. But in the face of attacks, harassment, and censorship, how do they take the right risks? Our new tool builds free security frameworks for at-risk civil society organisations in English and Spanish.