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African HRC a Signatory to Nobel Peace Sunflower Declaration for Human Rights Defenders

African Human Rights Coalition is a proud signatory of the #SunflowerDeclaration, calling for the protection of human rights defenders.

The Sunflower Declaration will leverage the weight of the world’s attention and the Nobel Peace Prize to push for increased respect and support for the work of human rights defenders as a pathway to peace.

The Sunflower Declaration is a call to action to protect human rights defenders at risk, with concrete recommendations to governments, multilateral organizations, businesses, cities and universities.

The declaration was presented by The Nobel Peace Center at the #NobelPeaceConference #HumanRightsHeroes, today August 31 2023. It is signed and endorsed by a number of Nobel Prize laureates, human rights organizations and individuals.

The Nobel Peace Prize 2022 was awarded to three human rights defenders: Ales Bialiatski from Belarus, the Russian human rights organization Memorial and the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties. This year also mark the 25th anniversary of the UN Declaration to Protect Human Rights Defenders and the 75th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.

As we celebrate this important milestone, defenders of human rights are under threat in many parts of the world: Freedom of assembly and freedom of expression are under pressure from authoritarian regimes, and weaponization of the law, digital surveillance and hate campaigns are making the work of human rights defenders difficult.

The people who are defending our common rights, need our support and protection.

There is a human rights crisis as we speak, impacting human rights defenders including those of us at African HRC: African Human Rights Coalition is engaged in advocacy, safe shelter and extricating LGBTQI+ people, including human rights defenders, in hiding and fleeing the heightening anti-LGBTQI+ criminalization and persecution by several governments on the continent of Africa. We share the importance of the SUNFLOWER DECLARATION.


You can show your support by reading and sharing the declaration. Follow this link to learn more and read the declaration:




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