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Supporting defenders, achieving change: A year of human rights impact

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Supporting defenders, achieving change: A year of human rights impact

Fecha: 24 de mayo de 2017

Announcing the launch of our 2017 annual report

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Human rights defenders – those brave people who stand up for the rights and freedoms of others – are our best hope for a fair and just world.

Their work contributes to good government, sustainable development and the rule of law. It exposes corruption, empowers the marginalised, and provides justice to victims. It is an antidote to political and religious extremism, and to the rising tide of intolerance and illiberalism. Their work is also imperiled – frequently threatened by the powerful, privileged or prejudiced individuals and institutions they challenge.

2016 was an especially tough year for defenders. They faced what the UN Special Rapporteur has described as ‘unprecedented attack’; from defamation, to detention, and even to death. It is the importance of defenders’ work and the gravity of threats they face that make the mission of ISHR so vital. They are the reasons we strive to achieve the impact we present to you in this annual report.

With your support, we have trained and assisted more than 200 human rights defenders; substantially strengthened international, regional and national laws and mechanisms for defenders’ protection; helped secure justice for defenders and their release from arbitrary detention; and built coalitions with the capacity to successfully challenge powerful interests.

None of this would have been possible without you – fellow defenders, decision-makers, diplomats and donors who share our vision and who contribute the resources, expertise and influence necessary to make it a reality.

Thank you for sharing this vision and for supporting ISHR and the defenders with whom we work. Your contributions are vital to our collective human rights impact and success.

Lucia Nader - Chairperson
Phil Lynch - Director




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