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  • SUCCESS STORIES:  Around the world, Human Rights First seeks to protect human rights defenders, all too often both the champions of progress as well as the victims of repression.

    What is a Human Rights Defender?

    Following the principle set forth in the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to promote and to strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels,” human rights defenders are individuals and groups that non-violently promote and protect universally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms. They may include lawyers, judges, journalists, bloggers, students, religious leaders, trade unionists, and any others who work to promote human rights and combat violations.

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