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Dec. 07, 2018

Unsung Heroes: Human Rights Defenders


Human rights defenders are increasingly under attack for their courageous efforts to challenge abusive behavior by governments and corporate interests.
Since 2015, more than 1,000 defenders have been killed for their work, and many more face retribution and persecution.

Dec. 9, 2018, marked the 20th anniversary of the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, a document that The Carter Center helped craft that acknowledges the vital role played by frontline activists in the struggle for human freedom.

We celebrate this anniversary by honoring the bravery of those who put their lives on the line so that all of us can live in freedom.

Performed by Peter Gabriel
Written by David Bowie / Brian Eno
Used with Permission

The Carter Center would like to thank the following people/organizations for providing images for this video.

Washington Office on Latin America,
Front Line Defenders,
Protection International,
Freedom House,

Image Credits:
Alaa Abd El-Fatah [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons:
Maria Tan, CBCP News website:
Goldman Environmental Prize:
Luke Duggleby Photography:
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