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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.

Mazen Darwish
Ikpwonosa Ero
Kehkashan Basu
Rokhaya Diallo
Anastasia Crickley
John Thuo
Tiken Jah Fakoli
Nadia Murad
Ragheb Alama
Laura Zúñiga Cáceres
Oliviero Toscani
Chaeli Mycroft

Mazen Darwish

Lawyer and free speech advocate, Syria

Mazen Darwish is a lawyer and journalist who defends freedom of the press in Syria. For the past 10 years, he has been speaking up for the Syrian cause and about torture, detention conditions and the plight of civilians caught up in a war zone. In 2012, he was incarcerated multiple times for delivering information about the Syrian conflict to Arab and foreign news outlets. He received the Pen Pinter Prize, World Press Freedom Hero, honored with UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, President of Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, and Founder of Syria View newspaper. Mazen continues to relentlessly stand up for freedom of expression for all future generations in Syria.

Twitter: @SyrianCenter
Facebook: scm.center
Website: scm.bz/en/

Ikponwosa Ero

UN Independent Expert on albinism, Nigeria

Ikponwosa Ero of Nigeria was designated in June 2015 as the first UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism by the UN Human Rights Council. Inspired by her experiences as a person with albinism, Ero spent the last seven years working on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism. As international advocacy and legal officer of Under the Same Sun, an NGO with a focus on albinism, she participated in multiple activities and panels at the UN in Geneva and New York. She has extensive experience in research, policy development and advocacy in the field of albinism. She is the author of numerous papers and articles on the issue, including with regards to the categorisation of persons with albinism in the international human rights system.

Twitter: @unalbinism
Facebook: unalbinism

Kehkashan Basu

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, winner of the 2016 International Children's Peace Prize, member of KidsRights Youngsters, 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.

Website: greenhopefoundation.wixsite.com/greenhope
Twitter: @KehkashanBasu
Instagram: Kehkashan5Basu
Facebook: Kehkashan.Basu

Rokhaya Diallo

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.

Website: www.rokhayadiallo.com
Twitter: @rokhayadiallo
Instagram: rokhayadiallo
Facebook: rokhaya.diallo

Anastasia Crickley

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.

Website: nchrdk.org

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.

Website: www.tikenjah.net
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Facebook: tikenjahfakolyofficiel

Nadia Murad

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.

Website: www.nadiamurad.org
Facebook: Nadia Murad

Ragheb Alama

Singer, Lebanon

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.

Website: www.ragheb-alama.com/
Instagram: raghebalama

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.

Website: www.copinh.org

Oliviero Toscani

Photographer, Italy

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.

Website: www.olivierotoscanistudio.com
Website: www.razzaumana.it

Chaeli Mycroft

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.

Website: chaelicampaign.co.za

We can all be Human Rights Champions

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