United Nation General Assembly in 1998 pass resolution a/res/53/144 adopting “The Declaration on Human Rights Defenders”
The duties of states of which to but not limited to protect, promote and implement all human rights, and to provide effective means of redress for the victims of human rights violations.
The United Nations Human Right commission has describe what is a “Human rights defender” That can be anyone who “contributing to the effective elimination of all violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms of Peoples and individuals”.
This means a person can either do it through professional activities in capacity of voluntary or paid positions.
Human Rights defender can’t pick and choose which human rights that you will accept, you must be acceptance of the basic principle that everyone has a right to live.
Human Rights Defender must take action that does no harm and must be peaceful to comply with nonviolence.
As journalists Ie; bloggers we must educate and bring awareness to issue of human rights why its important to have a diversified community.
Don’t forget Human Rights Day is December 10, 2011
Two quotes from Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
“Human rights defender is a title each and every one of us can earn. It is not a role that requires a professional qualification. What it depends on is regard for our fellow human beings, an understanding that we are all entitled to the full range of human rights and a commitment to seeing that ideal become a reality.”
“In deciding to act on principle, the security of human rights defenders and their ability to work is often jeopardized, either by blatant repression and violence, particularly in areas of conflict, or by increasingly insidious patterns of restrictions and abuse. Each one of us has a responsibility to support their efforts and to add our voices to those who demand protection for the defenders and their families. ”