KUALA LUMPUR: Amnesty International (AI) has launched a campaign to support “oppressed” activists to push for more effective implementation of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.
The campaign, known as Brave, is meant to empower, protect and support global human rights defenders in the face of rampant arrests.
AI-Malaysia’s executive director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said Brave would push for the government to put the human rights declaration into practice.
“It’s time the government fulfils what they had promised earlier when they declared they acknowledged the role of human rights activists and the need to protect them,” she said at a press conference after the launch of the campaign.
The declaration provides specific protection for human rights defenders in the context of their work, including the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. Read more