Stand As My Witness

Imagine being in prison? The ‘crime’? Speaking up and standing for what you believe in.

Hundreds of people - fathers, mothers, sons, daughters - are behind , harassed and persecuted for standing up for rights - for a free press, to protect the environment and equality, campaigning for a government that listens, and more.

These human rights defenders are asking you to #StandAsMyWitness

Add your voice. Take Action and call for their release.

Why you should #StandAsMyWitness

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Sudha Bharadwaj
India
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Teresita Naul
Philippines
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Buzurgmehr Yorov
Tajikistan
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Professor Muhammad Ismail
Pakistan
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Guapinol Water Defenders
Honduras
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María Esperanza Sánchez García
Nicaragua
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Abdul-Hadi al-Khawaja
Bahrain

Take Action!

This past year has been tough for everyone. For human rights defenders, their work got even harder. In many restrictive states the COVID-19 pandemic became an excuse to clamp down on human rights, and activists fighting for freedom and justice were ruthlessly rounded up by the authorities.

What you can do:

1. Engage on Social Media

Use this social media toolkit to share your messages of solidarity.

2. Send a Letter

We’re featuring 7 activists to shine a spotlight on their cases and demand their immediate release. They are from 7 countries, and you will find 7 template letters for each of them! Take a look. Choose 1, or if you have time 2. Write to their respective governments and demand their release:

  1. Teresita Naul
  2. Sudha Bharadwaj
  3. Buzurgmehr Yorov
  4. Maria Esperanza
  5. Prof. Muhammad Ismail
  6. Abdul-Hadi al-Khawaja
  7. Guapinol Water Defenders

3. Share the details of HRDs not mentioned in our Interactive Map.

Do you know any human rights defenders in detention or facing judicial harassment that you would like us to profile? Tell us about them by following the link below.

HRDs Map

Your actions make a difference!


With your support, last year #StandAsMyWitness proudly joined successful global calls for the release of:
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Asya Tulesova
Kazakhstan
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Loujain Al-Hathloul
Saudi Arabia
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Moudi Moussa, Halidou Mounkaila & Maikoul Zodi
Niger
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Christine Kamikazi, Agnès Ndirubusa, Térence Mpozenzi & Egide Harerimana
Burundi

Interactive Map of Human Rights Defenders in Detention

For more information, contact: David Kode (