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Moving towards freedom, equality and justice | 2018 in review

As the year draws to a close, I am so proud of the work of my colleagues at ISHR, together with our partners around the globe, towards a world which is more fair, just, compassionate and peaceful.

And I am so thankful for your support in achieving this progress. 

Human rights defenders strive to ensure that all people can enjoy freedom, equality and justice.

They are the advocates who hold governments and bureaucrats accountable to the people they serve.

They are the activists who expose corporations which fail to operate responsibly and sustainably.

They are the dedicated individuals and non-profit organisations who work so that all people – even the most poor and marginalised – are able to access adequate housing and health care, fair and just conditions of work, and a healthy environment.

Clearly, defenders should be supported and celebrated. Instead, they are increasingly subject to stigmatisation, restriction and attack. They are attacked by the populist governments and unscrupulous corporations they hold to account, as well as by religious and other institutions whose power and prejudice they challenge.

ISHR is proud to serve defenders. We contribute to their protection when they are at risk. We expand and strengthen their networks. And we provide them with powerful platforms from which to expose violations, demand accountability, and push for justice.

We are only able to undertake this vital work thanks to our partners. With your solidarity and support – whether financial, political, legal or otherwise – ISHR made a significant and distinctive contribution to the capacities, recognition and protection of defenders over the last year. Here are just a few examples of our collective impact in 2018:

Thanks for supporting ISHR and making this change happen! And thanks especially to those of you who have already generously donated to our end of year appeal!

As the year draws to a close, I am so proud of the work of my colleagues at ISHR, together with our partners around the globe, towards a world which is more fair, just, compassionate and peaceful.

In solidarity with them, and with you.

Phil Lynch

Director

PS. Just a reminder that in many countries 31 December marks the end of the financial year. So if you’re looking to make that last minute donation or give that last minute gift, there’s still time!

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