There is an urgent need for concise and effective security resources to support activists and journalists in Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion. In response, Open Briefing has published its Holistic Security Protocol for Human Rights Defenders in Ukrainian.
Now available in 23 languages, the Defender’s Protocol helps civic actors at risk advance their physical safety, digital security, and wellbeing and resilience. It is based on our experiences working with civic actors all over the world, including those in violent environments and closed civic spaces. By following the measures in the Protocol, activists and journalists in Ukraine and elsewhere can enhance their individual and collective security, and reduce the burden of attacks, harassment, and censorship on them and their communities.
The Defender’s Protocol is accompanied by a Holistic Security Handbook and an infographic. The Handbook offers extensive guidance notes, exercises, and templates to help activists and journalists implement the measures in the Protocol and adapt them to their situation, work, and profile. The infographic serves as useful visual summary of the Protocol. All are now available in Ukrainian.