There have always been challenges for human rights and political activists in all over the world. They are individuals, Civil rights groups or organizations who promote and protect human rights in different ways and in different capacities.
They uncover violations, subject them to public scrutiny and press for those responsible to be accountable. They empower individuals and communities to claim their basic entitlements as human beings. They represent some of the most marginalised civil society groups. However, because of their work they face a range of challenges. They are subjected to threats and torture, persecuted through the use of the judicial system. Unfounded investigations and prosecutions, surveillance of offices and homes, and the theft of important human rights information and documents are some of the tactics used to intimidate them and prevent them from continuing their work.
In a report, the Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary General on the situation of human rights defenders noted that defenders working on land rights, natural resources or environmental issues seem to be particularly at risk of attacks and violations of their rights.
We are living in a hostile environment. The people everywhere is witnessing armed conflicts in which civilian lives and livelihoods are the casualty. It is in such an environment that the work of human rights activists is most needed.
It gives hope that all the cases of attacks on human rights defenders, there is a broader people’s resistance and activists also fight their cases. texans for public justice, an independent organization in America has always been in the forefront of these fights.