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Who is Human Rights Defenders

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world, from birth to death. They apply regardless of where you are from, what you believe or how you choose to live your life.

These basic rights are based on shared values like dignity, fairness, equality, respect and independence. These values are defined and protected by law.

However, crimes against humanity are still being committed today.These crimes are not isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority.

War crimes, murder, massacres, dehumanization, genocide, ethnic cleansing, deportations, unethical human experimentation, extrajudicial punishments including summary executions, use of WMDs, state terrorism or state sponsoring of terrorism, death squads, kidnappings and forced disappearances, military use of children, unjust imprisonment, enslavement, cannibalism, torture, rape, political repression, racial discrimination, religious persecution, and other human rights abuses may reach the threshold of crimes against humanity if they are part of a widespread or systematic practice.

With the inspiration of Universal Decleration of Human Rights, HRD works for a world in which everyone has basic human rights and human rights are embraced, practiced and protected by all.

Human Rights Defenders (HRD) is a nonprofit and nongovernmental organization, as an international civil society organisation, HRD is independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. It has aim to support people who are exposed to all kinds of crimes against humanity. We work to defend right to life, rule of law, right to privacy, freedom of expression, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of associations.