Holistic Security Manual

Tactical Technology Collective, Junio 2016

hs_portraitHolistic Security is a strategy manual to help human rights defenders maintain their well-being in action. The holistic approach integrates self-care, well-being, digital security, and information security into traditional security management practices.

This guide is the first to explicitly adopt a ‘holistic’ approach to security and protection strategies for human rights defenders. In short, this means that rather than looking separately at the importance of our digital security, psycho-social well-being and organisational security processes, it attempts to integrate them and highlight their interrelatedness.

In the past, the various aspects of human rights defenders’ security have tended to be treated separately, as if they existed in isolation from one another. However, this ‘compartmentalisation’ of deeply interrelated aspects of our security greatly limits our ability to adopt a comprehensive approach in a number of ways…


Our approach to security and protection must take into account the effects not only of physical violence, but also structural, economic, gender-based and institutional violence, harassment and marginalisation. This may be perpetrated by the State, but also by private corporations, non-State armed groups, or even our own communities and those close to us.

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