These human rights defenders are standing up for others — and themselves

UNDP Eurasia
Dec 10, 2017 · 11 min read

UDHR Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

Hamlet Arzumanyan grew up in an orphanage in Armenia.

Article 3. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Anjeza Bojaxhiu is the coordinator of the domestic violence mechanism at the Municipality of Tirana.

Article 5. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Alexander Bogdan was subjected to torture while serving a sentence in Moldova. He refused to stay silent.

Article 6. Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Aiman Umarova is a human rights defender from Kazakhstan.

Article 7. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.

Fatima Shamsuddinova is a lawyer from Tajikistan.

Article 8. Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him/her by the constitution or by law.

A mediation session in Kosovo came to her help.

Article 10. Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Aijan Orozakunova is a lawyer from the Kyrgyz Republic.

Article 7. All are equal before the law and are entitled, without any discrimination, to equal protection of the law.

Hanna Havrysh and her husband Yury filed a complaint against the local energy company with the help of Oleksiy Kalynovych, a free legal aid lawyer in Ukraine.

Article 21. Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.

Vitalie Mester advocates for the rights of persons with disabilities in Moldova.

Article 23. Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

Mariam Mikiashvili is a disability rights activist from Georgia. She was recently invited to address the Georgian parliament.

Article 26. Everyone has the right to education.

Talgat Kashkaraliev is an advocate for people with disabilities in the Kyrgyz Republic.

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