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    Defenders around the world need your help!

    Human rights defenders are people who stand up for justice in sometimes extraordinary circumstances. But they are under attack. Around the world, these brave people who take a stand are being undermined by smear campaigns, government surveillance, unjust imprisonment and forced disappearance. Thousands have been killed. We all want to live in a world where justice is possible and human rights are protected. But that is only possible if human rights defenders are protected. We must defend the defenders.

    We defend them. Will you?

    Tomás Gómez Membreño is in grave danger because of his efforts to defend Indigenous lands and rights in Honduras, work that includes challenging powerful economic interests like the Agua Zarca dam on the Gualcarque River. Since the killing of Berta Caceres in March 2016 deadly attacks against land defenders have continued. As he was leaving a meeting in October 9, 2016 gunmen opened fire on him; thankfully he survived the attack.

    TAKE ACTION online to help protect Tomás

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    Learn more about the organization Tomas works with in this video

    Narges Mohammadi is a prominent human rights advocate in Iran campaigning for justice and gender equality, and against the death penalty in Iran. She should be lauded for her courage and efforts. Instead she’s been sentences to 22 years in prison following an unfair trial for trumped up national-security related charges. Her convictions are based solely on her peaceful human rights work and she has previously been imprisoned for her peaceful advocacy.

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    Elena is a journalist for the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which published a story about the abduction, torture, and killing of men in Chechnya who are believed to be gay.

    But now Elena and other journalists at Novaya Gazeta are facing serious threats from influential people in Chechnya, and journalist Elena Milashina has been forced to flee.

    TAKE ACTION online to protect the Novaya Gazeta journalists

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    Pedro Rafael Maldonato is a passionate and dedicated human rights lawyer in Guatemala. As the legal director of the Centre for Environmental, Social and Legal Action (CALAS) he provides environment and water defenders with legal counsel to help them protect their rights. Someone wants to stop Rafael’s important work; for several years Rafeal and his colleagues have been threatened, harassed and attacked.

    TAKE ACTION online to protect Rafael and his colleagues

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