Stand up for the Brave
People across the world are taking enormous risks for our rights. But they’re being harassed, tortured, jailed and even killed – simply for daring to stand up for others. Without their courage, our world would be less fair, less just and less equal. We must stand with human rights defenders worldwide – and do all we can to keep them safe from harm.
Speak up for those who speak out for all of us
To stand with human rights defenders, all you need is to bring people in your community together and mobilise them to take action.
Mobilisation allows us to build momentum around cases so we can strategically pressure governments to respect human rights.
When we mobilise people, getting them to write letters, sign petitions, and send solidarity cards, we know that we can create change.
But change can only happen if lots of people pick up a pen to write a letter or sign a petition. So, reach out to friends, family, colleagues, other community groups, diaspora communities, the list is endless!
Check out resources below to mobilise your community.
Nasrin Sotoudeh, Iran
Nasrin, an award-winning human rights lawyer, has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes because of her work defending women’s rights. We’re planning to hand over one million signatures calling for her release on the anniversary of her arrest, 13 June. Check out the case card to find out how you can contribute to the campaign to release Nasrin.
Zak Kostopoulos, Greece
Zak, also known by his drag stage name Zackie Oh, died in September 2018 following a violent attack. 6 people have been charged in relation to Zak’s death, but the criminal investigation has been marred with failings. The case card includes opportunities to collaborate with drag performers and venues, so we can shine a light on Zak’s case around Australia and ensure justice for Zak, his friends and family.
Atena Daeni, Iran
Atena dreams of an end to the death penalty in Iran, she’s taken part in peaceful protests, she posts on social media, and now she’s been sentenced to seven years in jail. The case card has all the details on how your community can call on Iran to release Atena.
Geraldine Chacon, Venezuela
Geraldine worked for an organisation which empowers young people in some of the poorest areas of Caracas, but in February 2018 she was arrested. After four months jailed in appalling conditions, Geraldine was conditionally released but she can’t leave the country and she could be arrested again at any time. Print off the petition and start collecting signatures for Geraldine.
Nonhle Mbuthuma, South Africa
Nonhle is leading her community’s fight against the subsidiary of an Australian mining company that wants to mine titanium on their land. But she’s being harassed just for defending her community’s rights. Tell South Africa to protect Nonhle now, get started by grabbing the case card and petition.
Ask for a concertina card to be sent to you from the Action Centre for your event, it lets someone take four actions (so four times the impact) in one go!
If you’re in an Amnesty campus group, you complete guide to bring BRAVE to your campus for O-Week, including campaign updates, activist resources, and all you need to know to get the semester off to an awesome start, is in the Campus Bulletin.
Resources for Human Rights Education
If you want to teach human rights in the classroom, check out the lesson plans below. For more information on our Write for Rights teaching resources, check out our student resources page.