2023 Human Rights Defender Advocacy Program Group infront of the UN building in Geneva ©Ben Buckland

2023 Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme participants and ISHR staff in front of the UN building in Geneva ©Ben Buckland

Defenders' stories

Here at ISHR we are constantly being inspired by the brave people taking action to defend human rights and want to share some of their stories with you.

Human rights defender profile: Aych McArdle from New Zealand

Aych McArdle is a human rights defender from New Zealand working to promote and protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bi, transgender and intersex people. In June Aych was in Geneva to participate in ISHR's intensive human rights defenders advocacy and training program. Before Aych returned home we had a chance to chat about some of the challenges remaining for LGBTI people in New Zealand and how Aych plans to utlise the UN human rights system. 

Defender profile: Jacobus Witbooi, human rights defender from Namibia

Jacobus Witbooi is a human rights defender from Namibia working on the rights of lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and intersex (LGBTI) people. He  just completed ISHR Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme. We spoke with him about his work at the Pan Africa International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (PAI).

Defender profile: Tuisina Ymania Brown from Samoa

Tuisina Ymania Brown from the Samoa Fa’afafine Association represents and promotes the rights of indigenous lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Samoa. Ymania talks to ISHR about her involvement in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, as well as the limitations imposed on the rights of LGBTI people in Samoa.

Khartini Slamah: Malaysian LGBTI Rights Defender

Khartini Slamah is a Malaysian transgender human rights defender working on HIV/AIDS and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. She has more than 27 years’ experience in HIV/AIDS work at the national, regional and International levels, working closely with the transgender and sex worker communities. She currently works with ISEAN Hivos Program, PT Foundation as the TG program manager in Malaysia.

Huy Luong: Vietnamese gay rights activist

Huy Luong works for iSEE based in Ha Noi City, Vietnam. He is a gay rights activist and undertakes public awareness and education campaigns in Vietnam on LGBT issues. He is also engaging around Vietnam’s upcoming Universal Periodic Review, which will take place in January 2014.

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