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All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
And yet, working to defend human rights often renders activists a target of hate.

Defenders of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people are exposed to even higher levels of violence, discrimination, and other human rights violations. It is crucial to offer them means to break the isolation they are forced to work into: this is why ILGA chose to become part of, the first comprehensive EU Human Rights Defenders mechanism.

LGBTI human rights defenders will be supported by people who have a proven track record in advocating in their favour:

they will listen to you, understand the situation you are facing
and address it with effectiveness and respect


If you are an LGBTI human rights defender at risk, you can contact to:

See also: our mission



+353 (0)1 21 00 489

The emergency helpline works at any hour, every day. LGBTI-friendly operators speak Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Rapid international support will be mobilised. can also be contacted via Skype, secure web form and encrypted email.

ProtectDefendersEu_human_rights_defenders_LGBTIFunded by the European Union and led by a consortium on 12 NGOs, is committed to reaching out to the most at risk and isolated human rights defenders, working in remote areas and countries, where it is particularly dangerous to work for the defence of human rights.
More information can be found on their website (also available in French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic).