Police killings of unarmed African-Americans. Pipelines deemed too dangerous for majority white communities rerouted through indigenous lands. Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities surveilled, infiltrated, and deemed suspicious based only on their religion, ethnicity, or national origin. Whistleblowers treated as spies and jailed for exposing the criminality of the national security state.
We’ve seen dynamic social movements rise up to challenge these human rights abuses. But we’ve also seen those movements come under attack by police and politicians.
What do we do when human rights defenders are attacked?
At Defending Rights & Dissent, we stand up and fight back.
Our role is to defend the human right defenders. Because without them our human rights are seriously in jeopardy.
The right to free expression is a fundamental human right. That’s why the US Bill of Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights protect it.
Free expression, free assembly, and free association aren’t just fundamental rights. They are the tools that human rights defenders rely on to fight back against the abuses.
Today is Human Rights Day. It’s the 70th anniversary of the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
so we can continue to defend the right to protest, organize, and speak out,
so we can continue to defend the space for social movements to emerge and flourish,
so we can continue to defend the human rights defenders.