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.
Environmental and child rights activist, United Arab Emirates
Kehkashan Basu is a 16 year old environmental and child rights activist from Dubai, Youth Ambassador for the World Future Council, Honorary Advisor to the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development, and Founder of Green Hope. Her NGO trains children and leads conferences on future justice, sustainable consumption, biodiversity conservation, social upliftment, reducing carbon footprint, and gender equality. Kehkashan’s ultimate goal is for all young people to stand up for environmental and human rights.
Writer, journalist, film director, and activist, France
Rokhaya Diallo is a French-Sengalese journalist, writer and activist who takes action against racism. She has been honored with the Struggle against Racism and Discrimination award and considered as one of the 100 most influential French women by Slate Magazine in 2013, while Britain’s Powerful Media list ranked her among the 30 most influential blacks in Europe. Diallo also created Indivisibles, an organization that fights against racial discrimination. She has co-authored a number of publications on racism and hosted a variety of TV shows, but is most known for directing France O TV channel as well as producing Networks of Hate, covering hate speech and freedom of speech online.
Human rights advocate, Ireland
Anastasia Crickley is currently the chairperson of the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and was the first woman chairperson of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia. Building on her work with Irish emigrants, she founded the Migrants Rights Centre in Ireland and is currently the chair of Community Work Ireland, a national association for promoting community development in the country. Ms. Crickley is a champion of human rights in her everyday life: while involving herself in international human rights organisations, she continues to stay grounded through continually sharing her expertise in supporting and leading local civil society efforts.
Kenya National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders
Human rights organization
The Kenya National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (NCHRD-K) works to promote a safe and conducive working environment for human rights defenders. As the leading human rights organization in the country and the only national organization devoted to the protection of rights defenders, NCHRD-K provides vital support to Kenyan rights defenders. Established in 2007, NCHRD-K has advocated for a favourable legal and policy environment to reduce the risk of persecution and to promote a safe and conducive working environment for human rights defenders in Kenya.
Tiken Jah Fakoli
Reggae singer, Mali
Tiken Jah Fakoly is a reggae singer from Cote d'Ivoire, who has been playing music to "wake up the consciences" since 1987. His music speaks about the many injustices done to Africans in general and to the people of his country. His outspokenness led to exile from Côte d'Ivorie to Bamako, Mali. In 2009 he has campaigned for education under the project "Un concert, une école" (One concert, one school), through which he was able to finance the construction of a school and a college in Mali. He continues to sing for education, equality and justice.
Human rights activist, Sinjar-Iraq
Nadia Murad is a Yazidi human rights activist from Sinjar in northern Iraq, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and a Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. In 2014 she was captured by Islamic State fighters and held as a slave for several months before managing to escape. She eventually made it to a refugee camp and then to Germany. She campaigns tirelessly, telling her story to the world to gain support for Yazidi survivors and defend the rights of marginalized ethnic and religious minorities.
Ragheb Alama is a Lebanese singer and philanthropist, and one of the most popular artists in the Arab world. He has been a champion for environmental causes and was named a United Nations Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador for the Arab Region. He has opened a school for students with special needs in his native Beirut and supports environmental causes through advocating for change in schools, universities and the Lebanese Parliament.
Laura Zúñiga Cáceres
Human rights activist, Honduras
Laura Zúñiga Cáceres is the daughter of Honduran indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres, who was murdered in her home in March 2016. Laura is a member of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), a group her mother founded. She continues the fight for the local environment through protests and awareness-raising of multinational corporations involvement in alleged pollution of indigenous land.
Oliviero Toscani is an Italian photographer renowned as the creative force behind numerous successful, international campaigns, most notably for his work for the United Colours of Benetton (1982-2000). He has collaborated on several social and controversial campaigns on road safety, the death penalty, anorexia, AIDS and violence against women. More recently he has worked on an ongoing project of portraits of people from across the globe showing our differences and what unites us as human beings – Razza Humana.
Human rights activist, South Africa
Chaeli Mycroft is an ability rights activist from South Africa, winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011 and a founding member of KidsRights Youngsters, and the Chaeli Campaign, NGOs which promote and provide for the mobility and educational needs of children with disabilities in South Africa. She was the first female quadriplegic to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in August 2015. Born with cerebral palsy, she sees this as a gift: a unique opportunity to speak around the world inspiring others.
We can all be Human Rights Champions
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