Defending diversity: New video on LGBT human rights defenders

17.05.2015

It’s an honour to present this new video by ISHR, sharing the voices of three human rights defenders with whom we’ve had the privilege of working.

 

LGBT rights defenders are working for a recognition of the inherent value of all human beings. We’re fighting against arbitrarily treating human beings differently, and badly, less favourably in relation to other people...You are either for humanity or you are not for humanity. I don’t think anybody can propose to be for humanity and then be selective in the human beings who you choose to represent, who you choose to defend.

Richie Maitland, LGBT rights defender

It’s an honour to present this new video by ISHR, sharing the voices of three human rights defenders with whom we’ve had the privilege of working. We are humbled to work with activists like Richie, Shakhawat and Sheherezade – who fight to bring about change in hostile environments and in the face of fierce opposition. They work against pervasive homophobia, criminalisation, violence and intimidation, and for equal rights for all people, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity. We hope this video will give you further insight to the challenges they face and the great potential they see for progress on these important issues.

If you too agree that it's critical to support LGBT human rights defenders in their work, consider making a donation to ISHR's work. Donations made during May 2015 will be DOUBLED thanks to match-funding by our friends at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer