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BRAVE -
Amnesty 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.

Join the campaign - BRAVE - either within the campaign peak now this autumn (period between 29/11 - 17/12) and/or join for two years (until end of 2019), the whole campaign period! If you would like to join BRAVE for two years, you will receive news letter every month with information about what is happening within the campaign, things to engage on, and follow up information on what has happened and results within the campaign! Does this sound interesting or do you have any questions, e-mail us at brave@amnesty.se !

The Individual cases of BRAVE Autumn 2017:


Shackelia Jackson, Jamaica

Shackelia Jackson will not give up.

When her brother was gunned down by police in 2014, she made sure that Jamaica’s independent investigators secured the crime scene. The police had been pursuing a “Rastafarian-looking” suspect in a robbery, and Nakiea fit that description. They found him in his small restaurant and shot him dead.

Police killings of mainly young and mostly poor men is all too common in Jamaica, with some 2,000 killed in the past decade. Shackelia was determined not to let Nakiea’s story end there. She has battled a badly underfunded, sluggish court system to lead a bold fight for justice. In doing so, she has rallied dozens of families whose loved ones have been summarily killed, amplifying their cries for justice. The police have responded by raiding her community, timing the raids to coincide with court dates. They have also intimidated Shackelia and her family, but she refuses to be silenced. She says their attempts only reinforce her belief in what’s right.

“I fight because I have no other choice,” she says. “To stop would mean I am giving another police officer permission to kill another of my brothers.”

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Xulhaz Mannan, Bangladesh

Xulhaz was a founder of Bangladesh’s only magazine dedicated to LGBTIQ issues, Roopbaan, a daring venture in a country where same-sex relations are illegal.

On 25 April 2016, LGBTIQ activist Xulhaz Mannan and his friend and fellow activist, Tanay Mojumdar, were brutally killed in Xulhaz’s apartment. Both men were hacked to death in front of Xulhaz’s 75-year-old mother.

Over a year on, and despite the overwhelming evidence in the case, no one has been formally charged for the brutal murders despite a handful of arrests and police claims that other suspects have been identified.

It was no accident that Xulhaz, as one of the most prominent LGBTIQ activists in Bangladesh, was the target of such an attack, and his death has had a chilling effect on members of the LGBTIQ community in Bangladesh, who now feel too afraid to assert their social and political identity. The government’s response – including a statement by Home Minister Asaduzzaman Kamal in April 2016 that any movement promoting “unnatural sex” is not allowed in Bangladeshi society – and its lack of inaction in finding the perpetrators, have only solidified the sense of fear in the country for the LGBTIQ community.

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Farid al-Atrash & Issa Amro, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Palestinian human rights defenders Farid al-Atrash and Issa Amro are on trial in an Israeli military court for peacefully protesting in the city of Hebron, in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).

On 26 February 2016, they demonstrated on the 22nd anniversary of the closure by Israel of Shuhada street, once a main marketplace for Palestinians in the old city of Hebron and now a “ghost town”. Israel closed it after an Israeli settler shot dead 29 Palestinian worshippers at a mosque in Hebron. Hebron is the only Palestinian city in the west bank of the OPT, apart from East Jerusalem, where Israeli settlers live inside the city centre. The Israeli army places heavy, discriminatory restrictions on the freedom of movement of Palestinians in Hebron and across the OPT, in contrast with the freedom of movement granted to Israeli settlers. The settlements (colonies) where Israeli settlers live and work across the west bank, including East Jerusalem, are illegal under international law and amount to war crimes.

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Azza Soliman, Egypt

Every day, Azza Soliman risks her own safety and freedom to defend survivors of abuse in Egypt.

Azza bravely speaks out for victims of torture, arbitrary detention, domestic abuse, and rape. She co-founded the centre for Egyptian women's legal assistance and later Lawyers for Justice and Peace to give much-needed legal aid, support, and literacy lessons for women in poverty and survivors of abuse.

Because of their courageous and selfless work, Azza and other Egyptian Human Rights Defenders have been labelled as spies and national security threats. They have been targeted with smear campaigns and government surveillance - and security forces and pro-government media constantly harass them. Many of them face up to life in prison, as a result of the politically motivated court case known as ‘Case 173’.

Recently, Azza was arrested and interrogated. She now faces charges such as slandering Egypt’s image by claiming that women in the country face rape. She has been banned from travel, her assets have been frozen - and she could face time in prison.

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Material

The campaign period for BRAVE this autumn is between the 29th of November to the 17th of December. The campaign material consists of:

  1.  A collection of posters in size A2.
    The collection will consist of four posters portraying the individual cases, two posters will portray oppressors, and lastly two posters targeting our need to work out in order to become stronger than the oppressors;
  2. A Human Rights Gym,
    a gym that connects to the posters and information pamphlets, created to draw attention when you are campaigning;
  3. Postcards of the four individual cases;
  4. Petition lists,
    if you run out of postcards or prefer petition lists you can download the petition lists here:
  5. Information pamphlets,
    Pamphlets for distribution containing information about the individual cases and hand exercises - again relating to exercise and become stronger than the oppressors!


    You can find pictures of the material on the tab "Material" beneath BRAVE - to the right.
    Last day to order the material has now passed.