This is important not only as a way of securing advocacy goals, but also for protection. Having a support network of organisations and institutions already established is a vital means of ensuring that they can react quickly in times of emergency (see also 'Emergency support')
WHRDs should assess all the organisations in their country to establish which are in a position to offer them protection or support and create ties with as many of them as possible. Possibilities include:
- Local or national human rights NGOs – especially those which have experience and/or contact with international mechanisms and organisations. For rural and provincial WHRDs it is particularly important to link with local/regional institutions which can rapidly raise the alarm on their behalf.
- The media.
- Parliamentary bodies.
- National human rights institutions (see list).
- Diplomatic missions in their countries. For the missions of the European Union, please go to 'How to contact the EU Missions' on the European Union page.
- Local UN field offices. For guidance on contacting them, please go to 'UN field offices' on the United Nations page.
- Law societies.
- Local offices of international non-governmental organisations.
As well as organisations within the country, other important contacts are:
(Based on Front Line Defenders guide What Protection Can United Nations Field Presences Provide?).