GREETINGS FROM THE SWEDISH MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
The Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, sent a video clip welcoming all human rights defenders who are participating at Defenders’ Days 2015.
CIVIL RIGHTS DEFENDER OF THE YEAR
The recipient of the 2015 Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award, Ms. Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh from Vietnam. She is coordinator for the Vietnamese Bloggers Network and well known for her use of social media to speak out against injustices and human rights abuses in Vietnam.
Ales Bialiatski – winner of the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award 2014.
Nataša Kandić – winner of the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award 2013.
EMPOWERING HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AT RISK
Natalia Project – The first personal assault alarm for human rights defenders at risk.
Hedi Fried about the Natalia Project.
Maina Kiai – Special Rapporteur at the United Nations – about the Natalia Project.
ABOUT CIVIL RIGHTS DEFENDERS
2009 The Swedish Helsinki Committee became Civil Rights Defenders. This is a short video detailing why this name change came to pass.