JOINT STATEMENT: JAILED HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS MUST BE RELEASED IMMEDIATELY
8 APRIL 2020
On 8 April 2020, Manushya Foundation and 85 other signatories joined FIDH in a statement calling for jailed human rights defenders to be released immediately.
In the joint statement, the organisations recall governments’ obligation to ensure the safety and health of detained individuals that are under their responsibility, and launch a campaign, #ForFreedom, to call for the release of all jailed human rights defenders (HRDs).
As the spread of COVID-19 poses an unprecedented threat, the need to release HRDs is more urgent than ever. Our rights and those who defend them must not become a casualty of this pandemic. FIDH and its member organisations are launching today a new global campaign #ForFreedom for the release of all HRDs detained worldwide. They should be freed and allowed to conduct their legitimate activities to defend the rights of individuals against injustice, discrimination, violence, and other forms of human rights violations.