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Meriem El May and Sofia Vegas from Switzerland

All human beings have the right to live with dignity, no matter whether they are documented or not. Meriem El May and Sofia Vegas both work for Permanence MNA/RMNA, a Geneva-based legal centre that protects young unaccompanied migrants.

Patricia Schulz

Patricia Schulz is a Swiss lawyer specialised in international human rights law and gender equality. She is a Senior research associate at UNRISD, the United Nations Research Institute on Social Development, and a former member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

Saudi Arabia | Human rights defenders, number one targets since way too long

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Promoting equality, defending fundamental freedoms, speaking out for the most vulnerable, are what human rights defenders bring to any society. Unfortunately, this is also what causes some governments to lash out at them. Saudi Arabia, a longtime champion in that regard, demonstrated that its ability to cause harm goes beyond its borders. Yet we should not forget that human rights defenders living inside its territory are the first and daily targets of the Kingdom’s wrath.

Migration | Switzerland should allow Flor Calfunao Paillalef to stay

Human rights defender Flor Calfunao Paillalef can be expelled from Switzerland to Chile at any time, despite the death threats and other abuses affecting her family in Chile. The decision of the State Migration Service undermines Flor's ability to do her work as a human rights defender and calls into question Switzerland's otherwise strong support for the work of defenders.

HRC34 | Council unites to stand with human rights defenders

The Human Rights Council has united to adopt a consensus resolution on the protection of human rights defenders. The resolution, extending the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur, comes at a time when the work of defenders has never been more important nor more threatened.

Adrien-Claude Zoller: ISHR Founder

Born and educated in Geneva, ISHR founder Adrien Zoller’s lifelong commitment to non-governmental and human rights work began as a hobby. Adrien spoke to ISHR about what drove him towards his human rights vocation, and about ISHR’s founding and profound impact to the global human rights movement.