Human rights charity, Civil Right Defenders, has launched The Natalia Project, is memory of Natalia Estemirova, a human rights activist for Memorial, who was abducted and murdered in Chechnya in 2009.
As part of the project, the charity has developed personal alarm bracelets which use global positioning technology. If an activist is kidnapped, Civil Rights Defenders is alerted via a mobile signal and the GPS technology finds their exact location. The charity is aiming to raise GBP400,000 so that 55 alarms can be given to aid workers in the coming months.
Executive director of Civil Rights Defenders, Robert Hardh, said: “The Natalia Project makes it easy for anyone to contribute to the safety of civil rights defenders to allow them to carry on their crucial work, either showing strength in numbers, by ‘liking’ on social media, or by donating directly to support the ongoing work.”
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