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Protecting human rights defenders

Staff from intergovernmental organisations and EU institutions responsible for cooperation with civil society and for supporting human rights defenders met online on 28 September to exchange information about ongoing and upcoming activities.

The meeting was at the joint initiative between ODIHR (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) and FRA.

This informal ‘Contact Group on human rights defenders’ was set up in spring 2019 as a regular, working level information channel between intergovernmental organisations and EU institutions. It aims to facilitate further coordination and cooperation in supporting human rights defenders.