Human Rights Champions

Our human rights champions lend their voices and support to the Stand Up campaign. They all share a commitment to speaking out and standing up for the human rights of others. Let their stories inspire and move you to act.


Kevin-Prince Boateng

Footballer and anti-discriminaton activist, Germany/Ghana

Kevin-Prince Boateng is a German-born Ghanaian professional footballer. A midfielder, Boateng is known for his strength, foot speed and ball-juggling tricks, but also for his activism against racism. In 2013, while playing at a friendly match for Milan, Boateng walked off the field followed by his team mates in protest at racist chanting from fans of the opponent club. He would later deliver a speech on racial discrimination in sports at the United Nations Office at Geneva. Boateng has played for top level teams in Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK and for the Ghana national football team. In 2017, he received a special recognition at the Krone 2017 Awards in Germany for his dedication to the fight against racism.

  • 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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