Support human rights defenders
Human rights defenders expose violations and campaign for redress for victims. They are the people who on their own or with others take action to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights for all. The important thing is not who they are, but what they do. Human rights defenders take peaceful action and believe everybody has equal rights. Supporting the rights of human rights defenders is one of the most important ways to ensure human rights for all.
Human rights defenders include:
--Journalists exposing human rights violations
--Community workers teaching human rights education
--Trade unionists defending workers' rights
--Women working for the promotion of reproductive rights
--Environmentalists highlighting the impact of development projects on Indigenous Peoples land rights
--Human rights defenders are individuals, groups of people or organizations who promote and protect human rights through peaceful and non-violent means. They:
--subject violations to public scrutiny
--press for those responsible to be accountable
--empower individuals and communities to claim their basic entitlements as human beings.
Throughout history, courageous and visionary people have sought to extend the boundaries of human rights protection to those outside its boundaries, whether it is those living in slavery, workers unprotected against exploitation or women denied the vote.
Today, despite international laws that protect them, human rights defenders are needed all over the world to monitor and challenge abuses and violations.
Because of this work, human rights defenders face a range of challenges. In many countries they are:
--subjected to death threats and torture
--persecuted through the use of the judicial system
--silenced by restrictive laws
--disappear or are murdered.
This is why human rights defenders need our support.
Source: Amnesty International.
Compiled by Law Desk.