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Tutanota - Email Encryption Made Easy

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Tutanota is a free webmail service based in Germany that makes end-to-end email encryption ridiculously easy. Follow the steps in this short tutorial to learn how to protect your email communications using Tutanota! 
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APPLY NOW – MamaCash

APPLY NOW – MamaCash | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
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MamaCash is now accepting letters of interest for its 2018 grantmaking window which is open from 19 March to 17 April. If your organisation works from a feminist and/or women’s rights perspective then send your LoI before April 17. 
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The Problem with Mobile Phones

The Problem with Mobile Phones | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
Mobile phones have become ubiquitous and basic communications tools—now used not only for phone calls, but also for accessing the Internet, sending text messages, and documenting the world.
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Mobile phones are used by all HRDs not only for phone calls, but also for accessing the Internet, sending text messages, and documenting the world. Unfortunately, mobile phones were not designed for privacy and security. Not only do they do a poor job of protecting your communications, they also expose you to new kinds of surveillance risks—especially location tracking which is explained in detail by SSD in this article. 
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Civil Society Leadership Awards

Civil Society Leadership Awards | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
Open Society Fund 
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The Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) provide fully-funded scholarships for master’s degree study to individuals who clearly demonstrate a deep commitment to leading positive social change in their communities. Check the eligible countries and apply before May 15. 
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Jammeh-era media laws violated freedom of expression - ECOWAS court

Jammeh-era media laws violated freedom of expression - ECOWAS court | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
Although press freedom has dramatically improved under the new government of President Barrow, who was inaugurated in January 2017, these restrictive laws are still in place.
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ECOWAS Court, ruled in favour of the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) & four journalists against the Gambia government, as they found that Gambia's media laws on sedition, false news and criminal defamation are violating the right to freedom of expression.
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Scholarships Trust Conference 2018

Scholarships Trust Conference 2018 | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
Putting the rule of law behind human rights.
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The Trust Conference Scholarship Programme funds frontline activists and human rights defenders from across the world to attend the annual conference. Application is open to all applicants working in the areas of human trafficking, slavery and human rights. Priority will be given to applicants from developing countries who demonstrate their participation at Trust Conference will enhance their work in their own communities.
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Scottish Human Rights Defenders Fellowship Announcement

Scottish Human Rights Defenders Fellowship Announcement | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
Protecting against prejudice and discrimination.
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The Scottish Government and the University of Dundee have partner up for the Scottish Human Rights Defenders Fellowship. The fellowship is intended for 2 international human rights campaigners who will go to Scotland to study as part of ongoing work to promote human rights. The fellowship will provides HRDs with a place of safety so they can carry out research, develop new skills, build networks and return better equipped to continue their work fighting for the fundamental rights. Four organisations will each be invited to nominate up to three human rights defenders from around the world: Amnesty International, Beyond Borders, Front Line Defenders, and the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund. 
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Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, Top Human Rights Official, Won’t Seek a Second Term - The New York Times

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, Top Human Rights Official, Won’t Seek a Second Term - The New York Times | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
The decision by Mr. al-Hussein, high commissioner for human rights, appeared to reflect tensions over his criticism of the Trump administration.
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Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein assumed his functions as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on 1 September 2014, following the General Assembly’s approval on 16 June 2014 of his appointment by the United Nations Secretary-General. He decided not to seek a second four-year term, as according to him it 'might involve bending a knee in supplication'. The new commissioner is expected to assume his functions at the end of this year. 
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Latin America poised to agree world's first legal pact for nature defenders | Environment | The Guardian

Latin America poised to agree world's first legal pact for nature defenders | Environment | The Guardian | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
After lengthy negotiations and record deaths of defenders on the continent, sources say a deal is very likely to be reached
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An important step towards strengthening the protection of environmental defenders in the region!
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2017 World Press Freedom Index

2017 World Press Freedom Index | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) presents the 2017 press freedom barometer.
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Published every year since 2002 by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation between states.The Index ranks 180 countries according to the level of freedom available to journalists. It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country.
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Published every year since 2002 by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation between states.The Index ranks 180 countries according to the level of freedom available to journalists. It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country.
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Announcement – MamaCash

Announcement – MamaCash | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
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Mama Cash’s 2018 grantmaking window will open from 19 March to 17 April. They expect to approve grants to approximately 15 new groups for 2018, so make sure you send your letters of interest on time. 
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PGP Encryption Explained

PGP stands for Pretty Good Privacy. It’s an encryption standard that is used worldwide to encrypt email communications. This video is a part of our Video Tutorials for Human Rights Defenders playlist on digital security.

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In this tutorial Justice and Peace explains how PGP works, and looks at simple ways to use PGP on a daily email exchange. Visit our Youtube channel for more short tutorials for all your digital security needs!
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Call for Applications: East Africa Digital Rights & Online Freedom of Expression Litigation Workshop | Media Legal Defence Initiative

Call for Applications: East Africa Digital Rights & Online Freedom of Expression Litigation Workshop | Media Legal Defence Initiative | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
The Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) is calling for applications from East African lawyers to participate in a litigation workshop on the right to online freedom of expression, digital rights and the Internet.
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The Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) is calling for applications from lawyers based in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda to participate in a forthcoming litigation workshop on the right to online freedom of expression, digital rights and the Internet. Application deadline is Wednesday 21 February 2018.
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OHCHR | Human Rights Council adopts 10 texts, requests a high-level panel discussion on genocide and a study on the role of capacity building in the promotion of human rights

OHCHR | Human Rights Council adopts 10 texts, requests a high-level panel discussion on genocide and a study on the role of capacity building in the promotion of human rights | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
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After four weeks of intense negotiations, the UN Human Rights Council adopted 10 resolutions, one of which reaffirmed the important role that civil society organizations and human rights defenders play in countering violent extremism by promoting a fair and just society, and where all persons enjoyed their human rights and fundamental freedoms. 
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Max van der Stoel Award 2018 | OSCE

Max van der Stoel Award 2018 | OSCE | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
The Max van der Stoel Award, a prize of €50,000, is presented every two years to a person, group or institution in recognition of extraordinary and outstanding achievements in improving the position of national minorities in the OSCE participating States.
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The OSCE High Commission on National Minorities issued a call for nominations for the 2018 Max van der Stoel Award. The award of 50,000 euros recognizes extraordinary and outstanding achievements in improving the position of national minorities in OSCE participating States. The deadline for nominations is 1 May 2018.
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Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy

Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
Governments around the world are dramatically increasing their efforts to manipulate information on social media, threatening the notion of the internet as a liberating technology, according to Freedom on the Net 2017, the latest edition of the annual country-by-country assessment of online freedom.
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Governments around the world have dramatically increased their efforts to manipulate information on social media over the past year. Half of the 65 countries assessed in the Freedom on the Net are experiencing declines. Online content manipulation contributed to a seventh consecutive year of overall decline in internet freedom, along with a rise in disruptions to mobile internet service and increases in physical and technical attacks on human rights defenders and independent media.
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Governments around the world have dramatically increased their efforts to manipulate information on social media over the past year. Half of the 65 countries assessed in the Freedom on the Net are experiencing declines. Online content manipulation contributed to a seventh consecutive year of overall decline in internet freedom, along with a rise in disruptions to mobile internet service and increases in physical and technical attacks on human rights defenders and independent media.
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Journalist Guide — SecureDrop 0.6 documentation

Journalist Guide — SecureDrop 0.6 documentation | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
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CALLING ALL JOURNALISTS! Increase your security and files while online.

This guide presents an overview of the SecureDrop system for a journalist. It covers the core functions necessary to start working with the platform: logging in securely, viewing documents, editing documents, and interacting with sources. 
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OHCHR | Annual reports

OHCHR | Annual reports | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
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In a new report published earlier this year, by UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst, examines the many ways in which human rights defenders are impacted by the current environment related to migrant and refugee flows. He highlights the main challenges faced and proposes a number of recommendations, not only for States, but also for the UN, human rights institutions and civil society. 
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Umbrella: Security made easy – Applications Android sur Google Play

Umbrella: Security made easy – Applications Android sur Google Play | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
La sécurité numérique et physique pour les personnes à risque. (BETA)
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Download this app!

The all-in-one app for digital and physical security. Learn about the latest risks and how to mitigate them. Designed and used by journalists, aid workers, human rights activists, and people travelling in high-risk areas.
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IACHR Launches Report on Comprehensive Protection Policies for Human Rights Defenders

IACHR Launches Report on Comprehensive Protection Policies for Human Rights Defenders | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has recently published its report “Toward a Comprehensive Policy to Protect Human Rights Defenders” (in Spanish, soon also available in English), providing the States in the region with guidance in developing their domestic policies, programs, and protection mechanisms for human rights defenders, in keeping with inter-American human rights standards.
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Nominate a Candidate for the 2019

Nominate a Candidate for the 2019 | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
Martin Ennals Award
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The Martin Ennals Award is intended for human rights defenders (HRD) who are defending the rights of others, while at risk. This could include physical danger, repressive legal processes, or other forms of harassment. Deadline for nomination: 26 March 2018.
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Mali | Groundbreaking new law strengthens legal protection of human rights defenders

Mali | Groundbreaking new law strengthens legal protection of human rights defenders | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
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Earlier this year, the President of the Republic of Mali enacted the national law on human rights defenders adopted by the parliament on 13 December 2017. By enacting this law, Mali becomes the third African country to strengthen its legal system protecting human rights defenders, following Côte d’Ivoire in June 2014 and Burkina Faso in June 2017.
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Earlier this year, the President of the Republic of Mali enacted the national law on human rights defenders adopted by the parliament on 13 December 2017. By enacting this law, Mali becomes the third African country to strengthen its legal system protecting human rights defenders, following Côte d’Ivoire in June 2014 and Burkina Faso in June 2017.
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Apply for Funding · KIOS

Apply for Funding · KIOS | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it

KIOS CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2018

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Local civil society organisations, groups and networks working on human rights issues in Eastern Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia and Rwanda) and South Asia (Nepal, Sri Lanka, and regional human rights initiatives of civil society actors based in and/or especially focusing their work on South Asia) can now apply for the KIOS Grants. Deadline 20th March.
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Burnout as human rights worker and how to tackle it –

Burnout as human rights worker and how to tackle it – | Human rights defenders & Security | Scoop.it
A 2015 survey by The Guardian reported that 79% of the 754 aid workers interviewed reported suffering from some kind of mental illness; of those, 93% said that the condition was work related. In a separate survey of human rights workers, 19% appeared to be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – figures that are similar to levels of PTSD suffered by combat veterans and emergency first responders. Workplace stress is common, but ordinary stress is not to be confused with work related ‘burnout’.
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A very useful insight on how to deal with a burnout as human rights worker! 
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16 Basic Qigong Exercises with Leo Mosselman

De-stress and re-energise with these 16 basic Qigong exercises with Leo Mosselman, experienced teacher in Tai Chi, Qigong and Bodywork. This video is par
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De-stress and re-energise with these 16 basic Qigong exercises with Leo Mosselman, experienced teacher in Tai Chi, Qigong and Bodywork. This video is part of the Video Tutorials for Human Rights Defenders playlist of Justice and Peace.
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