Brave activist resources

Stand Up for the Brave

Today 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.

Be part of the movement to protect the brave.  

Mobilisation allow us to build momentum around cases so we can influence change. If we build power in our communities through ongoing community organising and mobilise them to take action, then we can strategically pressure governments who are oppressing individuals and influence them to respect and uphold human rights.

Check out the mobilisation resources below!


case posters  MObilisation toolkit 


Updates and Briefings

For regular updates about the Brave cases and to hear what other action groups are doing, join us for our regular brave webinars. To get up to speed watch the introduction briefing here.

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The cases

We are focusing on cases from all around the world this year.

Each case is a human rights defender who has been subject to abuse, simply for standing up for others. We’ll update this page with new cases and resources throughout the year.


Taner Kilic

Taner Kiliç. © Private

Taner Kılıç, Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, was thrown into prison in June 2017, the latest effort to silence critics and crackdown on freedoms in Turkey.

Taner was finally freed after more than fourteen months behind bars on 16 August 2018, however he is still charged with “being a member of an armed terrorist organisation”.

Tell Turkey to drop the charges against Taner Kılıç.

case file petition  

Atena Daemi, Arash Sadeghi and Golrokh Ebrahimi Irae

Atena Daemi and Golrokh Ebrahimi Irae, are friends. Alongside Golrokh’s husband Arash Sadeghi, they are currently in prison because of their work to protect and promote human rights in Iran.

Call on the Iranian authorities to ensure that Golrokh and Atena have access to medical care and that they are unconditionally released immediately. 

case file PETITION 

Tashi WangchukTashi Wangchuk reading Tibetan text in front of world map

Tashi Wangchuk is a human rights defender and passionate about Tibetan culture. He was detained by the Chinese authorities in January 2016 after his quest to legally challenge the government on the lack of Tibetan language education in schools and expressing his views in media interviews. Tashi was charged with inciting separatism and had his trial on 4 January 2018. The court is yet to deliver its verdict and sentence. He could face up to 15 years in prison.

Stand with Tashi and call on Chinese authorities to drop all charges against him. 

case file PETITION Documentary 

Azza SolimanAzza Soliman headshot

Azza bravely speaks out for victims of torture, arbitrary detention, domestic abuse, and rape. 

Azza has been labelled as a spy and a threat to national security because of her courageous and selfless work. They have been targeted with smear campaigns and government surveillance; security forces and pro-government media constantly harass them. 

Read Azza’s account of how #MeToo and #TimesUp Are helping Egyptian women break the silence around sexual violence.

Take action and stand with Azza. 

case file PETITION VIDEO Posters 

Sakris Kupila
Sakris Kupila a 20 year-old medical student, a youth activist and a defender of transgender rights from Finland. sits in a coffee shop.Finland

Sakris Kupila has never identified as a woman. Yet the 21-year-old medical student must endure daily embarrassment because his identity documents say he is female – the gender he was assigned at birth. To legally reassign your gender, you must be diagnosed with a “mental disorder” and sterilised. Sakris opposes this humiliating treatment. And despite threats and open hostility, he continues to demand a change in the law.

Take action and stand with Sakris to call on Finland to change the law, and support transgender rights activists.

case file petition VIDEO Posters 

Death Penalty Cases

Hoo Yew Wah

Hoo Yew Wah was arrested at just 20 years old and locked up for having drugs on him. Twelve years later, he’s on death row. Hoo Yew Wah’s final chance at life is clemency from the Sultan of Johor State, Malaysia. He applied in April 2014, but his petition has been pending ever since.

Call on the Malaysian authorities to commute Hoo Yew Wah’s death sentence. 

case file petition