“We should all be human rights defenders, because our rights are not only granted by law but upheld and protected by communities and individuals. So it’s high time the world stood shoulder to shoulder with those who show us the rocky – but essential – path to peace. And the Nobel prize is the loudest platform we have to demonstrate that. It will shine a spotlight on these hidden heroes, sending a clear message – you are not alone. And to those who would harm them, it would give a stark warning: the eyes of the world are watching.”
An excellent article in the Independent by Michael Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on HRDs and Susi Bascon, Director of PBI UK.