Open Briefing has today launched the Holistic Security Protocol for Human Rights Defenders. The Defender’s Protocol will help at-risk defenders around the world advance their physical safety, digital security, and wellbeing and resilience. By following the protocol, defenders can enhance their individual and collective security, and reduce the burden of attacks, harassment, and censorship on them and their communities.
Two hundred journalists have been killed in the last five years, with another 500 imprisoned; 64 journalists are currently missing. Ahead of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, we are today launching a vital free app for freelance journalists and independent media organisations travelling or working in high-risk environments.
Civil society organisations, humanitarian aid agencies and independent media organisations frequently send staff to work in complex security environments. But many small organisations in particular do not have the necessary knowledge, experience or procedures to keep their people safe in such contexts. In response, we have today published a set of 20 good practice standards for travel security.
Open Briefing has published the Holistic Security Toolkit in English and Spanish. 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 language, community and/or domain. The Toolkit includes specific resources for women human rights defenders, LGBT+ activists, environmental defenders, and freelance journalists, with more to come.