KIOS made a video series ”Defending rights” together with the Amnesty International Finland and the Finnish Ecumenical Council. In the videos, six brave human rights defenders share their stories and tell about their work towards justice and equality.
Maria Theresa explains how she was sentenced to 40 years in prison due to miscarriage. Now she is fighting to free other women sentenced in prison for miscarriage or abortion. Kenyan Njeri Gateru is fighting for LGBTQ+ rights in a country where homosexuality is criminalized with up to 14 years in prison. Lawyer Irina Birjukova defends people who are arbitrarily arrested or tortured in Russian prisons.
Human rights defenders often face threats because of their work. Memory Bandera works to protect human rights defenders whose life is in danger. Nedal Al-Salman works in Bahrain Center for Human Rights, which is the only independent human rights organization in the whole country.
Phyllis Omido is fighting for a clean environment in Kenya. Thanks to her organization, the Center for Justice Governance and Environmental Action, a toxic metal refinery was closed down by officials.