Panic Button: a new way to protect human rights defenders at risk

Panic Button: a new way to protect human rights defenders at risk

Human rights defenders at risk

Considering HRDs are often working to address concerns of those not loved by states, that can put their position at risk.

They may be tracked, spied on, intimidated, arrested or even worse. Protections, therefore, are important.

And so to Panic Button, a clever tool developed by Amnesty International, iilab, The Engine Room* and Front Line Defenders.

It works in a very simple way, actually. The user downloads the app and inputs the contact details of three, trusted colleagues that he or she can rely on for a quick response.

‘Think carefully when choosing your contacts and always talk to them first to ensure you have a response plan in place’
– PANIC BUTTON

Then, when the HRD feels like a particular emergency is putting him or her at sufficient risk, rapidly tapping on the phone’s power button alerts the three listed contacts of a location.

Read more: https://www.siliconrepublic.com/gear/2015/07/23/panic-button-a-new-way-to-protect-human-rights-defenders-at-risk

Camilla Wood

UK based Legal Aid Lawyer

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