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.


Rémy Pagani

Mayor of the City of Geneva, Switzerland

Rémy Pagani, the Mayor of the City of Geneva, has stood up for social and economic rights since his youth. Locally engaged, he defended social housing in the City centre of Geneva when it was at risk. As a trade unionist, he defended labour rights and rights to decent working conditions. In 2017, he stood alongside human rights defenders in Colombia when their lives were threatened. Rémy Pagani’s engagement for social and economic rights is one of the core values Geneva embodies in the struggle for human rights.

Rémy Pagani
  • 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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