International Conference 24th February 2012, London in the Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre

Post 9/11 and in an age where States continually seek to control their citizens and curtail any challenge to their authority, the challenges faced by those working on behalf of vulnerable people are escalating. In light of this and the increasing persecution faced by those who work tireless to protect human rights, on the 24th February 2012, the Haldane Society, together with Amnesty International and ELDH a will hold an all day international conference in London. ‘Defending Human Rights Defenders’ will focus on protecting those activists who risk their lives for their commitment to social justice and who often face attacks from the very government who should be protecting them and further their objectives.

Six delegations of human rights defenders from some of the most challenging civil societies around the world have been invited: Colombia, Palestine, the Philippines, Swaziland, Turkey, and the Caucasus region. The particular delegates have been invited because of the fantastic and committed work that each has undertaken to protect human rights in their respective regions.

Organizers of the conference:

Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

together with

Amnesty International

and the

European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH)