Take a closer look at some of the events and stories taking place across the world to stand up for human rights.


“It’s good to remind people of the human face of an organization.”

2 June 2020 — The Hungarian Helsinki Committee has shifted its focus from legal assistance to providing assistance and funds for those most in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“People have had to re-imagine and reshape their lives”

22 May 2020 — Catherine Labiran has been protecting and promoting human rights since she was a teenager with a focus on those who suffer exclusion and discrimination.

Ensuring the right to education amidst the pandemic

7 May 2020 — A small non-profit start-up in Molenbeek is donating laptops to children from disadvantaged families, so they can continue their learning despite COVID-19 school shutdowns.

Young people, tell us what impact COVID-19 has on your rights

28 April 2020 — UN Human Rights joins the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for the Youth to hear from young people what effects the COVID-19 pandemic is having on their rights, and how their rights can be protected.

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Wikigap challenge - a public competition to close the gender gap on Wikipedia

24 April 2020 — During one month, 72 competitors improved or created more than 3000 articles about women, including many human rights defenders, on the free encyclopedia.

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#FightRacism: Interview with British football star Raheem Sterling

21 March 2020 — Raheem Sterling speaks out against racism on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

13 March 2020 — On International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination join us to #FightRacism every day, everywhere.

UN Human Rights is joining forces with Wikimedia for the #IStandWithHer campaign

5 March 2020 — This collaboration will aim at editing and creating new content that promotes gender equality and the work of women human rights defenders on Wikipedia.


25 February 2020 — Let’s challenge the gender bias and stereotypes which are so deeply ingrained in our worldviews and societies. Join us to change the narrative and take action for women’s rights and gender equality.

#WikiForHumanRights campaign results

21 February 2020 — Launched in partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation, our #WikiForHumanRights campaign resulted in the improvement of 721 quality articles about human rights in 12 languages on Wikipedia.

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Somali students’ training project fosters a new generation of human rights defenders

10 February 2020 — Two-hundred and thirty young Somalis are trained in the first phase of human rights university training project.

  • I will respect your rights regardless of who you are. I will uphold your rights even when I disagree with you
  • When anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone's rights are undermined, so I will stand up
  • I will raise my voice. I will take action. I will use my rights to stand up for your rights.

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