Despite ‘backlash against human rights defenders’, ‘we must not lose hope’
25 October 2022 | 7:25 am
"Around the globe there is a backlash against human rights defenders and a backlash against democracy", but "we must not lose hope". So says Alice Mogwe, director of the International Federation for Human Rights (known by its French acronym FIDH), which is celebrating its centenary in Paris this week.
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