Safeguard Defenders is a human rights NGO founded in late 2016 that undertakes and supports local field activities that contribute to the protection of basic rights, promote the rule of law and enhance the ability of local civil society and human rights defenders in some of the most hostile environments in Asia. 

At any given time, Safeguard Defenders is running about a dozen programs in target countries. From our small head office in Madrid, Spain we work with local partners, who include teachers, lawyers, local independent media organizations and civil society organizations engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights and the rule of law. 


There’s a new way in China that police are disappearing human rights defenders and it’s totally outside the law.

They are taking away their names.

It was just before lunch on a Monday in February 2017, when Tibetan refugee Dorjee Gyantsan stepped off a ferry from Poland in Nynäshamn, Sweden. The then 49-year-old began the short walk from the port terminal to the nearby station to take the one-hour train to Stockholm. But Dorjee never made it to the train.