Vígdís Freedom suppports lawyers who represent human rights defenders.
Human rights defenders are people who champion and fight for the human rights of other people. They challenge brutality, oppression and injustice in every part of the world, often risking their lives to expose human rights abuses and hold powerful people to account, while supporting the survivors of this abuse.
We support freedom of expression and the right for human rights defenders to express their opinions provided that the human rights defender has neither used nor advocated violence.
We organise a network of and for lawyers that represent and defend human rights defenders. We organise international observation of cases against human rights defenders. We provide local lawyers with information about international law and similar cases.
We work with NGOs and international organisations to spread information about human rights defenders and their conditions in prison.