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Virtual Discussion with Human Rights Defenders During COVID-19

Standing Side By Side With Human Rights Defenders

Live discussion with 3 human rights defenders from across the globe

Date: Thursday 4 June, 2020

Time: 15.00 – 17.00 (CEST)

Today, more than ever before, we need to bring awareness to human rights, justice and environmental action. For this reason, we from Justice and Peace Netherlands have brought to you the ‘Mural of Change’ – a vibrant graffiti mural in The Hague representing known and unknown human rights defenders from around the world. The mural created by the graffiti-art duo Karski & Beyond is a visual statement and a call to action, as it comes in the unprecedented times of COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of our campaign to spread the message of change and action for human rights, we invite you to join our virtual event ‘Standing Side By Side With Human Rights Defenders’. During this event you will have the opportunity to meet three human rights defenders that took part in Shelter City. They will share with you the challenges they have been facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic; how their countries and the countries in their regions have responded to the spread of the virus; and how we can support them in their work. You will also have the chance to get in a conversation with them and ask your own questions.

This event is part of the ‘Mural of Change’ campaign by Justice and Peace. 


  • Genesis Davila, a human rights lawyer from Venezuela
  • Shibolo Awali, a lawyer and LGBTI rights defender from Uganda
  • Asha Kowtal – A dalit women’s rights defender from India

This discussion will be moderated by Tessa de Ryck, Security Training Coordinator for HRDs at Justice and Peace. The event will be in English.