Breaking Barriers: Stories from Human Rights Defenders with Disabilities
Human rights defenders who have disabilities face multiple and distinct forms of risk. They can be targeted or excluded because of their disability, for being human rights defenders (HRDs), or both.
“Breaking Barriers: Stories from human rights defenders with disabilities” is a new video campaign by UN experts Mary Lawlor and Gerard Quinn. It features human rights defenders working on a broad range of human rights issues, and the additional targeting and exclusion they face as persons with disabilities.
Video interviews with human rights defenders who have disabilities will be posted here and on social media twice weekly until the end of 2022. Watch the videos on YouTube to view the full transcript.
Seryozha Ohanjanyan, Armenia
Nankinga Rebecca Olivia, Uganda
Faustino Pinto, Brazil
Jakub Gawon, Poland
Rose Resiato, Kenya
Silvia Quan, Guatemala
Ukei Muratalieva, Kyrgyzstan
Perpetua Senkoro, Tanzania
Perpetua Senkoro is a woman human rights defender working as a Programme Officer with the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC). She began her human rights work as a volunteer for Under The Same Sun, an NGO advocating for rights of people with albinism, and has since worked with a number of non-governmental organisations As part of her work, she defends a broad range of human rights, through public advocacy, academic research, public sensitization, developing knowledge sharing tools, media engagement, and stakeholders consultations to push for legal and policy reform.
Gerard Quinn, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of Abduljalil Al-Singace, Bahrain
Abduljalil Al-Singace is a human rights defender from Bahrain and former Director and Spokesperson of the Human Rights Bureau of the Haq Movement for Civil Liberties and Democracy. He was arrested in August 2010 after returning from the UK, where he had been participating in a seminar on the human rights situation in Bahrain at the House of Lords. After being released without charge, Abduljalil was re-arrested in March 2011 and disappeared for approximately two months, during which time he was allegedly subjected to various forms of ill-treatment amounting to torture. He was sentenced to life imprisonment on multiple terrorism and State security charges in June 2011.
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