Interactive Defenders Map

Explore human rights advocacy around the world.

Explore Human Rights with the Interactive Defenders Map

Courageous men and women around the globe are willing to speak up and defend the rights of others, often at their own risk. Through The Defenders: An Interactive Map you can explore the stories of some of the world’s most influential human rights defenders.

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Defenders Map

The Defenders

Around the world, activists work to protect and defend human rights, often at the risk of their own lives and livelihoods. Named as defenders by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation, their stories both educate and empower future generations of human rights defenders.

Sonita Alizadeh

Afghanistan

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Marian Wright Edelman

United States

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Van Jones

United States

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Wangari Maathai

Kenya

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Frank Mugisha

Uganda

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Marina Pisklakova

Russia

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Kailash Satyarthi

India

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Ka Hsaw Wa

Burma

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Elie Wiesel

Romania

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Malala Yousafzai

Pakistan

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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Mission Statement

Led by human rights activist and lawyer Kerry Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has advocated for a more just and peaceful world since 1968. We work alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments and corporations. Whether in the United States or abroad, our programs have pursued justice through strategic litigation on key human rights issues, educated millions of children in human rights advocacy and fostered a social good approach to business and investment.