Human Rights Defender Memorial
The HRD Memorial Project seeks to celebrate the lives and achievements of all the human rights defenders who have been killed since the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders came into effect in 1998. It is necessarily a work in progress and we welcome proposals to add cases. The HRD Memorial consists of two elements: a database of information on the human rights defenders who have been killed and any progress towards bringing the perpetrators to justice and a public web site with an individual profile page for each HRD that celebrates their lives and achievements.
Celebrating those who were killed defending human rights
About the HRD Memorial
On 24 November we launched the HRD Memorial website and database. This is a unique project, developed by an international coalition of national and international human rights organisations, to commemorate all the human rights defenders (HRDs) who have been killed since the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders came into effect in 1998.
For the first time ever there will be a dedicated resource which will give a true picture of the scale of killings of HRDs world wide. Since 1998 an estimated 3,500 HRDs have been killed because of their peaceful work defending the rights of others.
This web site is a work in progress. We have launched with a limited number of cases but In the coming weeks and months we will be adding the names and details of all the HRDs who have been killed. The HRD Memorial aims to be not just a memorial but also a celebration of their life, work and achievements.