- FROM MICHEL FORSTUnited Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
The "I Defend Rights" project will make audible the voices of hundreds of Human Rights Defenders from every part of the world. By collecting these recordings, the project team will build a massive public audio archive. They are then committed to working with defenders and other partners to disseminate and share these narratives through creative communications strategies. This project will contribute to our shared goal of shifting the global narrative about the thousands of ordinary women and men who promote human rights.
This project helps show how diverse and multiple the human rights community is and how courageous and valuable human rights defenders are in securing rights for all of us, sometimes at great risk. Human rights activists are not enemies of the societies they live in, they are not anti-development or threats to national security as many governments try to depict them. On the contrary, they actively contribute to peace, democracy, and sustainable development. They are agents of positive change. The project will also help us understand why we need to collectively recognize and protect them.
If you peacefully defend human rights, I urge you to take a few moments to sign up at the top of this website. You will then receive an email and be able to respond to a few questions and add your audio recording to this archive and project. It only takes a few minutes.
We are working with numerous partners and colleagues in various capacities.
We are asking our partners to distribute this website to their networks, for example.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
You should not submit an audio account through this project if you believe that such an account would put you or anyone else in danger or in any way compromise your security or the security of others, including your family, friends, and colleagues. We have taken basic and reasonable steps to assure security (for example, you can be represented as "Anonymous") but we also recommend that you do not share anything in the submission that you think might put you at risk. We also reserve the right to not publish any submission that we believe puts anyone at risk.
If we choose to publish your submission, it will be available to be circulated through social media and will appear on various websites. It may additionally appear in a traveling exhibit about human rights defenders. You should not submit a story if you are worried about this kind of exposure.