Human rights defender profiles

Human Rights Defender Stories

No matter who we are or where we live, our lives are better when we treat each other fairly and with respect. That’s what human rights are all about – making sure that values like freedom, equality and solidarity are at the heart of our decisions and are reflected in our behaviours and laws around the world.

Unfortunately, sometimes laws passed by governments are repressive or don't sufficiently protect us, in particular the most vulnerable among us. And companies may act in ways that put their profit first, at the expense of human rights.  Often, it takes people and communities to hold powerful politicians and corporations to account and make sure that everyone can benefit from the human rights and freedoms that we are all meant to share.

Human rights defenders are the people that work to make this happen. 

These are the people that speak out and mobilise against injustices like racism, sexism or the climate crisis and who work with communities to find solutions and advocate for better ways of doing things – to make sure no one is left behind. 

Here at the International Service for Human Rights we are constantly being inspired by the brave people taking action to defend human rights and want to share some of their stories with you.