Human Rights – The Power of Words

20 Jan

Front Line Defenders Statement
on Anniversary of UN Declaration on HRDs
Uploaded by FrontLineHRD on Dec 9, 2011

Front Line Defenders Deputy Director Andrew Anderson reflects on the state of affairs for human rights defenders on the 13th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.


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Many are the Whistleblowers that find themselves in trouble;
being censored or targeted, due to speaking out against corruption.
The censorship are increasing and what comes to MY mind
are that the following (see below) could be used as argument
why we MUST be allowed to speak out:
(using the material we share through the internet, building global bridges to spread awareness)


the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders,
adopted on December 9, 1998 by the United Nations General Assembly:

its Article 1, provides 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”;

its Article 5, provides that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, at the national and international levels […] to meet or assemble peacefully; [……] to form, join and participate in non-governmental organizations, associations or groups [……] to communicate with non-governmental or intergovernmental organizations. 

Its Article 6 (b) and (c)  states that “Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, as provided for in human rights and other applicable international instruments, freely to publish, impart or disseminate to others views, information and knowledge on all human rights and fundamental freedoms; to study, discuss, form and hold opinions on the observance, both in law and in practice, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and, through these and other appropriate means, to draw public attention to those matters,

and its Article 12.2 which provides that “the State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration”.

More generally, ensure in all circumstances the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and with international and regional human rights instruments.

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HUMAN RIGHTS – THE POWER OF WORDS!


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See here for some more information on the catch 22 of human rights defense: you need some level of freedom to monitor the absence of freedom, and when the rights of those who monitor and defend human rights are violated, this has a knock-on effect on the rights of everyone.
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