Joint Statement: HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS ARE NOT CRIMINALS is the European Union Human Rights Defenders Mechanism, established to protect defenders at high risk and facing the most difficult situations worldwide. is implemented by a Consortium of twelve international organizations with a proven track record in the field of protection, campaigning and advocacy in favor of human rights defenders.

Urgent Action Fund is a member of the Consortium. The following release was issued yesterday at the first annual consortium meeting in Brussels.