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BRAVE - Campaign for Human Rights Defenders

Today, people across the world are taking enormous risks to stand up for our rights. They could be teachers, students, political opponents, factory workers, journalists, lawyers or so many others.

But they’re being harassed, tortured, jailed and even killed – just for daring to speak out for what’s right. Without their courage, our world would be less fair, less just and less equal. We must stand with human rights defenders worldwide – and do all we can to keep them safe from harm.

We can find the spark of courage in all of us to speak out for what’s right. We can tweet. We can protest. We can write letters. We can be a witness. And together we can act as one alongside human rights defenders, to fight injustice and build a fairer world.

Here you can order campaign material!

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Write for Rights/BRAVE

At the end of november we will launch this falls Write for rights-campaign whitin the BRAVE-campaign. Here you can find information about the individual cases of the campaign! 

Geraldine Chacón

Youth Human Rights Defender and Amnesty International member Geraldine Chacón, 24, was arrested on 1 February 2018 by seven armed officials of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Servicio Boliviariano de Inteligencia Nacional, SEBIN) at her home in Caracas, Venezuela. Geraldine works with the Community Ambassadors Foundation (Fundación de Embajadores Comunitarios, FEC) a community base organization that empowers youth from impoverished areas providing Human Rights Education and running UN Model activities with them.

Geraldine was detained days after her colleague Gregory Hinds, from the same organisation. They were accused of instigation of hatred and criminal association charges and held in the El Helicoide detention center. They were declared prisoners of conscience. Geraldine remained in detention until her conditional release on 1 June, despite the fact there was a release order in her favour since 2 April. She reported dire detention conditions, including lack of regular access to drinking water. Gregory was also released on 1 June. The judicial case against them is not likely to be closed, keeping an open window to arbitrary detention at any time. Since Gregory and Geraldine’s arrest, the Fundación Embajadores Comunitarios have stopped all their activities equipping young people with further knowledges and tools to know and defend human rights.

    

Human Rights Defenders and activist are being harassed, stigmatized or submitted to criminal prosecution for their brave work standing up for human rights in Venezuela and this case is emblematic of the systematic persecution of social movements in the country.

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Marielle Franco

In the night of 14 March 2018, Marielle Franco, a 38 years old human rights defender and councilwoman from Rio de Janeiro, was shot to death in Rio de Janeiro while she was returning from a debate with a group of young black women. Anderson Pedro Gomes, 39, her driver, was also killed in the attack.


Marielle was a tireless human rights defender in Rio de Janeiro and metropolitan area. She was born in Maré, a favela in northern Rio de Janeiro where she lived for most of her life. In 2016, Marielle ran for councillor of the Municipal Chamber of Rio de Janeiro the first time and was elected with the fifth-highest votes. Her popularity was rooted in her life experience as a black bisexual woman, single mother who came from the favelas. Marielle stood out for denouncing human rights violations, especially against black youth, women and LGBTI people. She also worked against abuses committed by the security forces, including extrajudicial executions. Marielle´s case embodies the intersectional nature of human rights violations and highlights the high risk faced by those who dare to fight for human rights. For many years, before she was elected a council woman, she coordinated the human rights commission in the state assembly of Rio de Janeiro State.


Brazil is one of the countries with highest number of killings of human defenders in the world. Threats and attacks against human rights defenders in Brazil are pervasive. Because of the high visibility of her work and the official position she occupied, Marielle´s killing represents an unprecedented attack against all those who defend human rights, especially the rights of women, LGBTI, black people and Rio de Janeiro's favelas.

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Nonhle Mbuthuma

Nonhle Mbuthuma is a woman human rights defender and a leader of the Amadiba Crisis Committee. For 10 years she and her fellow activists have been campaigning against companies who want to mine titanium the area of the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape (a province in South Africa) called Xolobeni and her life is at risk.She is at risk of attacks and faces intimidation and harassment due to her human rights actions.


Nonhle Mbuthuma is from Pondoland and is a farmer of her ancestral land where she lives with her four sisters, mother, father and grandmother. She has lived in Amadiba all her life.

Nonhle’s main concern is that the mining activity is going to destroy the environment and take their ancestral land.

In March 2016, Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe, chairman of the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) and Nonhle's colleague, was shot dead by two men claiming to be police officers in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Hours before his death, Bazooka learned he was at the top of a “hit list”, which included other ACC leaders Mzamo Dlamini and Nonhle. For decades, “Bazooka” had opposed the opencast mining of titanium and other minerals on communal land in nearby Xolobeni by a subsidiary of the Australia-based company Mineral Commodities Ltd. Due to their opposition to the mine, some members of the ACC have been threatened and attacked, including by community members who support the mining initiative. Nobody has been brought to justice for Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe’s murder, increasing the risks for the other leaders of the ACC.

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Nawal Benaissa

Nawal Benaissa, 36 years-old, is a mother of 4 who joined the Hirak Rif movement early on and became one of its main female leading voices. She took part in several protests with her husband and children and has been very active on social media. Her Facebook profile gained more than 80,000 followers, before the authorities requested her to shut it down during one of occasions they held her in detention. Nawal has been facing harassment for her defence of human rights and minority rights and she was arrested and held in custody for few hours four times between June and September 2017. The last time she was sued and in-February 2018, she was handed a 10 month suspended sentence and a fine of 500 dirhams for inciting to commit an offence. Her lawyer has appealed the sentence, the Court of Appeal has yet to rule.

Nawal responded to the court's decision on her Facebook page by expressing her continued support for the Rif protests. "I am proud to take part in the protests in the region and I denounce the imprisonment of Hirak activists. I demand their immediate release," she wrote.

She recently moved from the northern city of Al Hoceima to another Moroccan city to flee harassment from the authorities.