Additional Resources

Other organisations you can approach for help

General Resources for Human Rights Defenders

Front Line Defenders -

Front Line Defenders seeks to provide rapid and practical support to at-risk human rights defenders, including through:

international advocacy on behalf of human rights defenders at immediate risk;
grants to pay for the practical security needs of human rights defenders;
training and resource materials on security and protection, including digital security;
rest and respite, including the Front Line Fellowship;
opportunities for networking and exchange between human rights defenders, including at the biennial Dublin Platform;
the annual Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk;
an emergency 24 hour phone line for human rights defenders operating in Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Russian

Human Rights Watch -

Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of more than 280 staff members around the globe. Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Each year, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media.

Amnesty International -

Amnesty International is a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights with over 3 million members and supporters around the world. The objective of the organisation is "to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.

International Federation for Human Rights -,180- (link to the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders)

The objective of this programme is to intervene to prevent or remedy to situations of repression against human rights defenders. The action of this programme is based on the conviction that the strengthening of cooperation and solidarity in favour of human rights defenders and their organisations contribute to breaking their isolation and to reinforcing their protection and security.

Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition

The WHRD IC is a resource and advocacy network for the protection and support of women human rights defenders worldwide

International Service for Human Rights -

ISHR has a solid history of working closely with an array of organisations and individuals, both governmental and non-governmental, to improve the protection of human rights defenders. This has included:

Promoting respect and compliance with the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders
Developing appropriate preventative initiatives
Promoting the development and implementation of national, regional and international protection mechanisms
Empowering human rights defenders to build a culture of respect for human rights

Protection International -

PI contributes to reinforcing the security and protection of Human Rights Defenders by mobilising the national and international community (parliaments, governments, the UN, ordinary citizens, the media) and by providing the concerned parties and beneficiaries with the knowledge and necessary tools to integrate protection on the ground into work plans and programmes. This programme will also facilitate the exchange of experiences locally and foster best practices between HRDs.

Human Rights Defenders Mechanisms -

The creation of a single website gathering all relevant public information on the activities of the different human rights defenders’ protection mandate-holders aims at increasing the visibility of the documentation produced by the mechanisms – press releases, studies, reports, statements, etc., as well as of their actions (country visits, institutional events, trials observed).

Human Rights House -

We protect, empower and support human rights organisations locally and unite them in an international network of Human Rights Houses, focusing on the rights to freedom of expression, freedom of organisation, freedom of assembly and the right to be a human rights defender.

General International Support Programmes

Freedom House - (select region and/or issue for information on available support / current campaigns)

Freedom House primarily offers assistance through trainings, international exchange programs, grant giving and networking activities. In addition, Freedom House offers symbolic and moral support through advocacy and visible demonstrations of solidarity on behalf of counterparts abroad. 

European Commission – Democracy and Human Rights -

The emergency fund for human rights defenders at risk managed under the EIDHR allows the Commission to give direct small grants of up to 10.000 euro per grant to Human Rights Defenders (HRD), be it individuals or organisations, who are in need of urgent support.

This urgent support may take any form that is considered necessary, for instance to cover the fees for the legal representation of defenders, to cover medical expenses, to purchase security material for offices or homes, to pay for the evacuation of a HRD to another country, to support the operations of a Human Rights organisation which finds itself in a dire financial situation, etc.

Requests to use the small grants mechanism or emergency facility for HRDs should be addressed to yourdelegation or to the EIDHR team providing us with some information about the particular case to assist: name of the defender(s), background on the case(s), amount of grant requested, and for what purpose. The information received will be dealt with in confidentiality.

Front Line Defenders - (link to emergency support) -  (link to security grants and alternative sources of funding)

Front Line Defenders seeks to provide rapid and practical support to at-risk human rights defenders, including through:

international advocacy on behalf of human rights defenders at immediate risk;
grants to pay for the practical security needs of human rights defenders;
training and resource materials on security and protection, including digital security;
rest and respite, including the Front Line Fellowship;
opportunities for networking and exchange between human rights defenders, including at the biennial Dublin Platform;
the annual Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk;
an emergency 24 hour phone line for human rights defenders operating in Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Russian

Agir Ensemble pour les Droits de l’Homme -  (link to information on emergency funding)

Agir Ensemble pour les Droits de l’Homme (Working Together for Human Rights) is an international organisation that works for the defence of fundamental rights and freedoms.

The emergency fund is available for situations that meet three criteria: a request concerning a human rights defender (member of a field association, but also a journalist, a lawyer, an union organizer...), the person in danger isthreatened because of his/her work protecting human rights , and the situation presents itself as an emergency.

International Support Programmes for Journalists

Doha Centre for Media Freedom - (link to assistance offered in an emergency)

The DCMF is a non-profit organisation working for press freedom and quality journalism in Qatar, the Middle East and the world. Focuses on providing support in three ways:

Direct assistance to journalists
Training and Education
Research, reflection and memory

Article 19 - (link to page with contact information)

Article 19 provide expertise on international human rights standards and for legislation that protects the right to speak and right to know in countries emerging from conflict, war and genocide or repression.

They campaign to safeguard media pluralism, independence and diversity of views.

They promote the right to know of poorer communities and advocate for the implementation of freedom of information legislation to ensure transparency and strengthen citizens' participation.

They champion freedom of expression, including freedom of information, as a fundamental human right that is also central to the protection of other rights.

Fojo: International - (link to international projects)

The Fojo Media Institute supports independent media and freedom of expression in Sweden and around the world. Fojo is Sweden's leading media development institute and is part of the Linnaeus University. We are independent and our agenda is fully open: Professional journalism, freedom of expression, democracy and human rights.

Nb: Based in Sweden but supports journalists around the world.  (Link to safe house available for journalists)

The Fojo Safe House is funded under Sweden’s Special Initiative for Democratisation and Freedom of Expression and aims to offer journalists under severe, and acute, threat shelter for a shorter period.

Committee to Protect Journalists - (link to how to get assistance)

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1981. We promote press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.

Human Rights Watch- Hellman/ Hammett Grants

Human Rights Watch administers the Hellman/Hammett grant program for writers all around the world who have been victims of political persecution and are in financial need.

International Federation of Journalists – Safety Fund

The International Federation of Journalists Safety Fund was established in January 1992 and has become internationally recognised as an important and crucial source of support for journalists under threat. It is the only international assistance fund for journalists established by journalists.

Institute for War and Peace Reporting -

IWPR gives voice to people at the frontlines of conflict, crisis and change. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, IWPR helps people in the world's most challenging environments have the information they need to drive positive changes in their lives — holding government to account, demanding constructive solutions, strengthening civil society and securing human rights. Amid war, dictatorship, and political transition, IWPR forges the skills and capacity of local journalism, strengthens local media institutions and engages with civil society and governments to ensure that information achieves impact.

Journalists Help Journalists -

“Journalists help Journalists” is an independent and non-partisan organisation.
It is the task of ‘JhJ’ to help colleagues in need and to show solidarity with their families and those left behind in a non-bureaucratic way. JhJ helps journalists with monetary donations, non-cash benefits and all kind of practical support wherever we perceive the necessity and whenever we can help directly, but first and foremost when there is no official organisation that is offering help already.

Rory Peck Trust -

The Rory Peck Trust was established as a charity in 1995 and remains the only organisation in the world dedicated to providing direct, practical support to freelance newsgatherers and their families around the world.

The principal objectives of the Trust are to support freelance newsgatherers and their families worldwide in times of need, to raise their profile, promote their welfare and safety, and to support their right to report freely and without fear.

International Cities of Refuge Network - (link to the application form)

The International Cities of Refuge Network is an association of cities around the world dedicated to the value of Freedom of Expression. Writers have consistently been targets of politically motivated threats and persecution, and the network believes it is necessary for the international community to formulate and implement an appropriate response.

Each ICORN city focuses on one writer at a time, each writer representing the countless others in hiding, in prison or silenced forever. By providing a Guest Writer with a safe place to stay and economic security for a standard term of two years, ICORN cities make an important, practical contribution to the promotion of Freedom of Expression.

Index on Censorship -

We provide practical support to governments, the media and arts organisations. Working with our NGO partners, we run international programmes that actively promote free expression in emerging democracies by providing training and resources to support a free media. We also provide practical support to arts organisations who produce creative and challenging work.

Free Press Unlimited -

Free Press Unlimited works to ensure that reliable news and information are and remain available to people across the globe. Particularly people in countries where there is little to no press freedom. By supporting local media professionals and journalists, Free Press Unlimited helps to enable as many people as possible to gain and keep access to the information they require to survive and develop.

Foundation for Democracy and Media - (link to subsidies, loans and investments)

The Foundation provides financial support. This will generally involve institutions or organizations which the Foundation considers worthy in the context of diversity in the media or freedom of thought among the general public. Financial support is advanced if the relevant organizations are in need of temporary financial support to ensure continuity in their work.

International Women’s Media Foundation -

The International Women’s Media Foundation is a vibrant organisation dedicated to strengthening the role of women in the news media worldwide as a means to further freedom of the press.

International News Safety Institute -

INSI aims to: develop a global campaign of safety for journalists by introducing safety issues into the mainstream of international media development strategies including actions to improve levels of professionalism, to raise awareness in journalism of ethical issues, to improve the standing of journalists in relation to governments and political authorities and to support independent media initiatives. Those actions are only possible and sustainable if there is the creation of a safe and secure environment for the exercise of journalism. It also aims to Provide pro-active and timely support to journalists and media staff in or travelling to conflict areas, achieved through rapid safety training interventions to improve the working conditions of local journalists.

International Media Support -

International Media Support (IMS) is a non-profit organisation working to support local media in countries affected by armed conflict, human insecurity and political transition.

The Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism -

The Ochberg Society is a global network of journalists who advance the compassionate and ethical coverage of trauma, conflict and social injustice. We accomplish our mission by:

Helping journalists understand trauma, what it does to them, and the people they cover for the purpose of creating better journalists and journalism.
Increasing the level of global participation and networks to provide support, education and camaraderie.
Increasing awareness and understanding by media decision-makers of the impact of trauma on journalists and the need to support them.
Advocating and providing venues for compassionate coverage of traumatic incidents and the people who are affected by them.
Increasing awareness of the Ochberg Society’s value to its members and to society as a whole.

Region-Specific Support Programmes


Asian Human Rights Commission -

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is an independent, non-governmental body, which seeks to promote greater awareness and realisation of human rights in the Asian region, and to mobilise Asian and international public opinion to obtain relief and redress for the victims of human rights violations

Committee to Protect Journalists – Asia -

Reports without Borders – Asia -,2.html

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development -

FORUM-ASIA is a membership-based regional human rights organisation committed to the promotion and protection of all human rights including the right to development.

Southeast Asian Press Alliance -

SEAPA’s vision is for a Southeast Asian region where free expression and an independent and responsible press promote information and knowledge societies with transparency and pluralism as the norm.

Alliance of Independent Journalists (Indonesia) -

The Alliance of Independent Journalists Indonesia (AJI) is a body that promotes press freedom in Indonesia.

Centre for Independent Journalism (Malaysia) -

The Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia (CIJ) is a non-profit organisation that aspires for a society that is democratic, just and free where all peoples will enjoy free media and the freedom to express, seek, and impart information.

Centre for Media Freedom and Responsibility (Philippines) -

CMFR was organized in 1989 as a non-profit organization involving the different sectors of society in the task of building up the press and news media as a pillar of democratic society. Its programs uphold press freedom, promote responsible journalism, and encourage journalistic excellence.

Pakistan Press Foundation -

The Pakistan Press Foundation is an independent media research, documentation and training centre.

Sub-Saharan Africa

East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) seeks to strengthen the work of human rights defenders (HRDs) throughout the region by reducing their vulnerability to the risk of persecution and by enhancing their capacity to effectively defend human rights.

African Centre for Media and Information Literacy -

ACMIL provide training for members of civil society on the benefits of media and information literacy and the impact of ICT as well as train professional journalists on reporting on children and youth to ensure that their voices heard and their rights are respected. ACMIL support on-going country-specific campaigns, including campaign for independence of the media as well as assisting media and information literacy initiatives across Africa.

Committee to Protect Journalists – Africa -

Reporters without Borders – Africa -,1.html

African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights -

Organization charged with ensuring the promotion and protection of human and peoples' rights throughout the African Continent.

African Media Initiative -

The African Media Initiative (AMI) aims to strengthen the private and independent media sector so that it plays its full role in promoting social development and economic growth as well as in empowering citizens to hold governments and other institutions to account for better democratic governance.

Americas (including South America, Central America and Canada)

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (link to distress fund available to journalists)

CJFE is a Canadian organization founded in 1981 that works to defend and protect the right to free expression in Canada and around the world.

Committee to Protect Journalists – Americas -

Correspondents Fund -

The Correspondents Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation established to assist correspondents in need and to help those associated with the press in the development of better journalism.

Assistance available for anyone who has served the US press, television, radio, news media, news, film and other American news organizations within or without the United States, as well as any citizens or residents of the United States who have served the foreign press or other foreign news organizations.

Reporters without Borders – Americas -,5.html

Human Rights First -

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. We believe American leadership is essential in the struggle for human rights so we press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they don’t, we step in to demand reform, accountability and justice. Around the world, we work where we can best harness American influence.

Colombia Human Rights Defenders Under Threat Campaign

The aim of our campaign is to bring sustained and coordinated pressure on the Colombian government to achieve a positive, lasting and significant change for the country’s human rights defenders.

The Inter American Press Association (Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa)

The Inter American Press Association is a press advocacy group representing media organizations in North America, South America and the Caribbean. Founded in 1943, it represents more than 1,300 newspapers and magazines in the Americas. IAPA's stated objectives are to defend press freedom; protect the interests of the press in the Americas; promote responsible journalism; and encourage high standards of professional and business conduct.

Student Press Law Center -

The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) is a non-profit organization in the United States that aims at protecting the freedom of the press for student journalists, usually from high school and university student newspapers. It describes itself as "an advocate for student free-press rights [that] provides information, advice and legal assistance at no charge to students and the educators who work with them.


Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders - (link to grants and interventionist measures available)

The EMHRF aims at providing strategic financial assistance to regional, national and local human rights NGOs and institutes as well as individuals who promote, support, protect and monitor the observance of human rights in the South-Mediterranean region.

European Journalism Centre -

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is an independent, international, non-profit institute dedicated to the highest standards in journalism, primarily through the further training of journalists and media professionals. Building on its extensive international network, the Centre operates as a facilitator and partner in a wide variety of training projects.

Committee to Protect Journalists – Europe and Central Asia

Reporters without Borders – Europe -

Centre for Journalism in Extreme Situations (based in Russia)

Assisting the establishment and realization of freedom for mass information, long-term strengthening of the legal basis for all actors on the arena of mass information;
Protecting journalists' rights and freedoms, their economic and professional-creative interests, professional ethics and dignity;
Assisting the introduction of international norms related to the activities of organs of mass information in Russian legislation and legal practice.

(Nb: part of the Russian Union of Journalists )

Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust -

The CPU Media Trust has been established to defend the interests of the Commonwealth media. The Trust is committed to a professional, ethical and effective media across the Commonwealth. Its primary concerns are supporting media freedom and media rights, the training of journalists in the skills necessary for them to enable their work and a thorough understanding of media law and the establishment and support of self-regulatory bodies throughout the Commonwealth.

South East Europe Media Organisation -

One of SEEMO’s main activities is protecting press freedom by helping journalists and media outlets in South East Europe. Over 60 per cent of SEEMO’s press releases and letters of protest to governmental and other officials have had positive results in the past.

Individual European Countries’ Press Freedom

Middle East and North Africa

Human Rights Defenders Fund (Palestine and West Bank) - (link to aid criteria)

The Human Rights Defenders Fund (HRDF) is a non-profit company registered in Israel. Our mission is to support non-violent activists working for democracy, liberty and equality, in Israel and the territory it occupies. We rapidly deliver legal aid to those who need it most and provide donors with the confidence that their funds are disbursed legally, responsibly andefficiently.

Arab Women Media Centre -

We are concerned with media work that focuses on women, children and family rights and democracy education in order to conclude media freedom along with journalism ethics.

Committee to Protect Journalists – Middle East and North Africa

Reporters without Borders – Middle East and North Africa

Academic Fellowships, Grants and Funding for Writers

Brown University International Writers Project -

The International Writers Project at Brown University provides institutional, intellectual, artistic and social support to writers who face personal danger and threats to their livelihood in nations throughout the world. Each academic year, the Project sponsors a resident fellowship for one writer who feels unable to practice free expression at home.

Human Rights Watch- Hellman/ Hammett Grants

Human Rights Watch administers the Hellman/Hammett grant program for writers all around the world who have been victims of political persecution and are in financial need.

PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund -

The PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund is an emergency fund for professional—published or produced—writers in acute, emergency financial crisis. Depending on the situation, the Fund gives grants of up to $2,000. The maximum amount is given only under especially dire circumstances and when monies are available.

Prisoner of Conscience Appeal Fund -

We provide two types of financial assistance to prisoners of conscience:

Relief and rehabilitation grants (which could include family reunions)
Bursary grants for post graduate study

Full details of these can be found on the corresponding grant guideline pages.

The recipients of our grants are people who have been persecuted for their conscientiously-held beliefs. These are people who have stood up for what they believe is right, usually in terrifying circumstances and often with the knowledge that their actions would bring themselves and their families into terrible danger. We cannot help anyone who has used or condoned violence.

Institute of International Education – Scholar Rescue Fund -

The Institute of International Education aims to rescue scholars and, by protecting their lives and work, increase their country's and the world's level of knowledge. Established professors, researchers and public intellectuals from any country, field or discipline may qualify.

International Women’s Media Foundation – Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship -

The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship is open to women journalists whose focus is human rights and social justice. Applicants must be dedicated to a career in journalism in print, broadcast or online media and show a strong commitment to sharing knowledge and skills with colleagues upon the completion of the fellowship.

Pakistan Press Foundation – Scholarships and Fellowship -

The Pakistan Press Foundation is an independent media research, documentation and training centre with an archive of fellowships and scholarships available to journalists and writers in Pakistan.