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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 marks 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.

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

RELATED RESOURCES

Hear from musician and activist Peter Gabriel on the 20th anniversary of the United Nations’?Declaration?on Human Rights Defenders:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAEGPk1FHzM

Learn more about the Carter Center’s Human Rights Program:
https://www.cartercenter.org/peace/human_rights/index.html

CREDITS

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

Washington Office on Latin America: https://www.wola.org/
Front Line Defenders: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en
Protection International: https://www.protectioninternational.org/
Freedom House: https://freedomhouse.org/
Alaa Abd El-Fatah [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons:
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alaa_Abd_El-Fatah_profile_photo.jpg
Maria Tan, CBCP News website: http://cbcpnews.net/cbcpnews/priest-shot-dead-in-cagayan/
Goldman Environmental Prize: https://www.goldmanprize.org/recipient/berta-caceres/
Luke Duggleby Photography: http://www.lukeduggleby.com/
Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en

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