Take Action for Human Rights

Take Action on Cases of Human Rights Defenders and Individuals at Risk


Human rights defenders are under threat worldwide — they face intimidation, harassment, imprisonment, and even death. Five individuals in this year’s Write for Rights highlight these exact dangers. These stories range from Jani Silva, an environmental human rights defender who has faced intimidation and constant death threats in Colombia for her role in defending the Amazon to that of Germain Rukuki, an NGO worker who was sentenced to 32 years in prison in Burundi for his human rights work.

Also included in this year’s Write for Rights is Teyonna Lofton, a young woman from Chicago who was shot during a drive-by shooting while she stood in line outside of a store.

Each of these unique stories offer a glimpse into the experiences of individuals struggling each day to defend human rights and just trying to survive.

Your Message

Take Action: Ask each government official to take action on these 7 cases.

  • Tell Pakistan to release Idris Khattak
  • Tell Burundi to free Germain Rukuki from prison
  • Tell Colombia to protect the life of Jani Silva and all the members of ADISPA
  • Tell Saudi Arabia to free Nassima al-Sada and all the detained women human rights defenders
  • Tell Turkey to drop all the charges against Melike Balkan, Özgür Gür, and all the other protesters
  • Tell the US to release all families from ICE detention
  • Tell the US to provide Teyonna Lofton with victim’s compensation