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Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur“I view the mandate of special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association as a civil society mandate. The success of this mandate depends on the work of organisations such as Civil Rights Defenders. They recognise that activists at the grassroots bear the brunt of the difficult task of demanding respect for human rights in repressive environments. I commend Civil Rights Defenders and all human rights defenders for their courage and resilience.”

Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.


Tina Axelsson“Getting the opportunity to work with Civil Rights Defenders is a great honour, an organisation that is doing great deeds in silence. In the eyes of the people I meet and take photos of, I can see exactly why Civil Rights Defenders is such a necessary and important organisation.”

Tina Axelsson, Photographer


Jens Assur Photo Linus Meyer“Civil Rights Defenders is a brave organisation, they do not hesitate when things get difficult or dangerous. I am impressed by their knowledge and professionalism. At the same time, they are very pleasant to deal with. We cooperate in relation to two of my movies: “Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys” and “A Society”, which aims at stimulating debate about human rights, not least amongst Swedish youth.”

Jens Assur, internationally recognised moviemaker and photographer – one of Sweden’s leading contemporary depicters.


Tom Beckman“Across the world, large and transformational movements have descended from people’s demand for freedom and rights. Increased transparency forces both citizens and decision makers to respond and react to this. Few issues are more urgent than human rights today, and that is why I value our collaboration with Civil Rights Defenders tremendously. Being able to get information and also their advice on current topics is crucial for me in my professional role. And when I can contribute with something in return, I am obviously very proud of that.”

Tom Beckman, Excecutive Creative Director and Partner,
Prime Communications Agency


Percy Bratt“The thing that is so inspiring and positive with Civil Rights Defenders is that we are working with human rights lawyers and other human rights defenders to provide direct protection for individuals – we are strengthening people at risk who are fighting for human rights. I also appreciate the fact that the organisation uses the same basic approach when working with human rights in Sweden as in other parts of the world.”

Percy Bratt, Partner Bratt & Feinsilber Law Firm


Mathias Wikström“From a distance, Civil Rights Defenders efforts and their significance seem important. Close up, there is no doubt that they are vital. It is both interesting, engaging and essential to contribute to Civil Rights Defenders successful work. We at RBK value our cooperation with Civil Rights Defenders, their efforts and our possibility to contribute to the many brave people who need support, out there in a world far from what we often take for granted.”

Mathias Wikström, CEO RBK PR Agency