Reading time: 3 minutes CIVICUS recently published their Protest Resilience Toolkit that reveals findings on protest movements around the world. This resource highlights the activist experience within movements and shares practical recommendations for human rights defenders and other global movements.

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Reading time: 2 minutes Detouring from our #FeaturedResourceFriday, we’re sharing a timely resource in honor of International Day of Non-Violence 2019.   Nonviolent action (NVA), also known as people power, political defiance, and nonviolent struggle, is a strategic way of reacting in conflict by steering away from physical violence.  NVA, as an alternative to violence, gives more opportunities to extend…

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Reading time: 3 minutes There have been 155 confirmed instances of self-immolation of Tibetans within Tibet and China since 2009.  Since China’s occupation in 1950, the government has violently silenced Tibetans’ cultural and religious expression.  Self-immolations are extreme acts of protest against the government’s systematic suppression. Detailed info about each act of self-immolation can be found in this fact-sheet…

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Reading time: 5 minutes Guest blog post by Uzaz Elshami, Sudanese-American human rights researcher & advocate. Updated on July 6th: This weekend, opposition groups and Sudan’s military reached an agreement that should be finalized by Monday, July 8th. A mutually established “joint military-civilian sovereign council” agreed to rotate ruling power for the next three years and three months. Although…

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Reading time: 2 minutes Grace Achara was abducted at 14. She was forced to serve in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and married off to an abusive older man. Although Grace and her four children escaped, they still face severe hardship. Child returnees are subject to poverty and stigma during the reintegration process especially when the shifting political landscapes…

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Reading time: 2 minutes The work performed by Human Rights Defenders (HRD’s) is formidable. Distress and confrontation are part of human rights work and take its toll on HRD’s mental health. Yet, activists are often expected to be psychologically well-balanced and available around the clock. The International Civil Society Centre is breaking the stigma around talking about HRDs’ psychological…

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Reading time: 3 minutes The 15th of March marked the first Global Youth Strike for Climate Action. Over 1.6 million young activists in over 125 countries took to the streets to demand leaders worldwide foreground climate action in their humanitarian agendas. Environmental human rights are more relevant than ever before. Climate change as a human rights issue, is a…

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Reading time: 2 minutes Lesson 1: More action, less rhetoric How can allies protect WHRDs right to engage at international and regional levels without discrimination, violence or threats? More action, less rhetoric. Spread the word and expose human rights violations within your communities and network. #QueLasLiberen: Demand the release of political prisoners in Nicaragua by downloading the sharable campaign kit…

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Reading time: 2 minutes Farmworkers, consumers and food retail companies adopted a more just and sustainable food system. The Fair Food Program (FFP) is a worker-driven approach that ensures farmworkers can preserve their human rights and fair labor wages. Created by the Coalition of the Immokalee Workers (CIW), the Fair Food Program is one effective method of securing food justice. Food justice…

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Reading time: 3 minutes Yesterday was International Human Rights Day. Organizations, advocates, human rights defenders, politicians, scholars, and young students took to social media to declare their dedication and commitment to #StandUp4HumanRights. Today, we want to highlight some of the beautifully, powerful tweets that resonated with us. Most importantly, among this recap of inspiring online solidarity, are noteworthy international human…

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