We amplify the space of action for human rights defenders who are threatened
SweFOR has extensive experience in providing support for human rights defenders and contributing to the widening of their space of action.
SweFOR’s peace observers are present in countries with violent conflicts, accompanying human rights defenders because unfortunately people who fight for the rights of others, are often targets for threats, harassment and attacks.
The peace observers work under the methodology called proactive presence.
Physical presence in specific moments for example in trips, meetings or protests. Thereby we show in a concrete manner that the international community is present, and we can inform about eventual security incidents.
Strategic Communication, for example meetings with national authorities and international organs, and the diffusion of information. We remind that the work of the organizations that we accompany is legal, legitimate and that it is the states obligation to protect them. Furthermore, we gather and share information about certain emblematic cases.
Strategic communication is always based on international rights frameworks.
Trainings in self protection. SweFOR offer support in self protection with the goal of strengthening the capacity of the organizations that we accompany. Through workshops with participants of each organization, from the perspective of each one of them, analyzing and developing protection mechanisms suitable to their situations.
SweFOR has had peace observers in Colombia since 2004.
SweFOR has had peace observers in Guatemala since 2000 as part of the international accompaniment project ACOGUATE.
SweFOR has had peace observers in Mexico since 2000 and an office with permanent presence since 2013.