Human rights are inherent to all human beings. These rights include, at a minimum, those rights contained in the International Bill of Human Rights, such as the right to liberty and not be subjected to torture. However, the protection and promotion of human rights varies strongly from country to country.
In this context, human rights defenders, such as lawyers, journalists and civil society organizations, take over a powerful role in upholding the rights of the poor and vulnerable of society, for instance, through seeking redress for victims of human rights abuse at national, regional and international level. Read more
Real-life stories of human rights defenders prosecuted in retaliation for exposing violations