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4th December 2017, 14:22:57 UTC

Today, people across the world are risking everything to stand up for others. They are human rights defenders (HRDs).

Today, people across the world are risking everything to stand up for others. They are human rights defenders (HRDs).

There is a global crackdown against people who defend human rights. Some countries want to stop and silence HRDs. They face being attacked, harassed, tortured, jailed, smeared, stigmatised and even killed – just for daring to speak out for what’s right.

We must stand with human rights defenders worldwide– and do all we can to keep them safe from harm.

Decision makers need to do more to ensure better recognition and protection of HRDs.

Amnesty International calls on leaders to recognise the crucial role human rights defenders play in the defence of human rights and to ensure they are protected effectively, so they can carry out their work without fear of attacks. It is crucial that leading public figures, journalists, opinion makers and academics discuss this issue publicly, and join our global call to protect human rights defenders.

More appreciation and recognition of HRDs and the work they do and their contributions to communities and societies will counter the current the narrative of smear and stigmatisation that they are facing.

Please join this global pledge to protect and recognise human rights defenders.

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