» What we do
» How we do it
» The main activities we carry out
Awareness raising activities in the municipalities
Opening and closure events
Political advocacy meetings
Meetings with social organizations
Interviews with the media
Preparation of materials to raise awareness about their struggles
» Other project actions
Every year, the participating municipalities commit themselves to an institutional declaration, to maintain and to expand public policies to support human rights defenders, in solidarity with their commitment to promote and to protect human rights through non-violence, and in rejection to the threats, persecution and murders they suffer.
We also carry out joint campaigns to demand the release of human rights defenders who have been unjustly deprived of their liberty for their work of denunciation and for their activism.
Monitoring and dissemination
Throughout the year, we monitor and disseminate the task, the situation and the context of the defenders who have participated in the project.
» Why we do it
The defense of human rights is an obligation which all democratic administrations must assume and which must be carried out on a global and on a local scale. Municipalities play a fundamental role in promoting and guaranteeing human rights. In solidarity with and in support of the struggles for human rights that are being promoted and maintained throughout the world, we want to value the work of human rights defenders. Many of these human rights defenders have lost their lives for having claimed and exercised universal rights and for having questioned economic and political interests that motivate the violations of rights by different agents. Others have lost their freedom. And the work of thousands of them is criminalized in order to silence their struggles.
It is for these reasons that we demand full respect for the rights of defenders to carry out their work without risks or threats and we are committed to disseminating their work, facilitating reflection and debate, and building support networks to increase their protection.
For more information, you may read the Institutional Statement of 2022.