Diakonia works to spread understanding about and achieve respect for universally acknowledged human rights, so that all people can live a dignified life.
Empowering rights holders
In our previous work, we have learned that one of the most effective ways of creating change is to empower rights holders to learn about and claim their rights. This is why all programmes work with a rights-based approach (RBA), but different programmes focus on different rights.
Protecting defenders of human rights
We work in countries with conflicts that are ongoing or have recently ended, with authoritarian regimes and with very fragile democracies. In these situations, human rights defenders face threats and legal processes, and some are even killed because of their work.
Diakonia works to protect these human rights defenders, linking efforts to national and international advocacy work.
When international conventions and national legislation are linked to rights holders’ daily lives, they become powerful tools for promoting human rights. Where national judicial systems are too weak or unwilling to fulfil their duties, regional and international institutions become important complements.