Human Rights Champions

Our human rights champions lend their voices and support to the Stand Up campaign. They all share a commitment to speaking out and standing up for the human rights of others. Let their stories inspire and move you to act.


Veronica Birga

Chief, Women’s Human Rights and Gender Section, UN Human Rights Office

Veronica Birga is Chief, Women’s Human Rights and Gender Section, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Veronica joined OHCHR in 1999, after working in the Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo) with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). In OHCHR, she has served both at HQ and in the field, covering a variety of thematic issues and country situations. Before joining the Women's Human Rights and Gender Section in 2011, she served as OHCHR Deputy Regional representative for Central America. She has been heading the Women's Rights and Gender Section since March 2014.

Veronica Birga
  • I will respect your rights regardless of who you are. I will uphold your rights even when I disagree with you
  • When anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone's rights are undermined, so I will stand up
  • I will raise my voice. I will take action. I will use my rights to stand up for your rights.

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