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November 28, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Organisations spend money on other things, big conferences that have no impact on the community, but when you ask for... View Article


February 21, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

As random and unstructured as it is, it is very connected.


February 9, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

My deepest fear is being killed, but I fear more sexual assaults.


April 22, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I do not want to die now, but I know that I will die struggling.


October 22, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I think if I stopped fighting for this, things would be worse.


February 6, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You cannot stop your mind away from the terror fantasies, when that is related to your beloved ones.


November 2, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The guerrilla implements a policy of war, every day. They invade, displace and sack our lands.


February 12, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I should be humble, there are people working more than me, with more problems than me.


June 11, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If I’m not ok, I can’t do my work. I can’t be who I am.


January 11, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When you are working in human rights, you need publicity and you need people to support you, and you need... View Article


August 12, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Isolating oneself: you can’t be threatened if there is nobody to threaten you.


September 5, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Our contribution to society is always questioned, obstructed and even repressed and criminalised.


November 16, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Sometimes people think we want to be martyrs or that we want to be notorious.


October 10, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There was an organized campaign to demonize human rights organizations and threaten us. They kind of succeeded in this with... View Article


January 23, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We start by thinking about our children, our families, our communities; the last person we think about is ourselves.


March 17, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

People will think that human rights defenders are the supermen, superwomen or people who dare to die from high risk... View Article


January 3, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We were fighting the regime, and there was still a use of extreme force from the security agencies, but the... View Article


January 22, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We aren’t given the importance that we deserve. We are a group of people that, historically, have been discriminated against,... View Article


December 6, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The community perceives you know everything. They don’t expect you not to be aware.


January 8, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We are seen as irreligious, immoral, angry at everything from God to society to the state.


September 26, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

They accused the HRD as secular, pluralist, liberal, imperialist.


August 14, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You just resign yourself to things happening, and don’t bother reporting.


June 7, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The organizations that we are a part of…take care of you and protect you. They are like your family.


November 27, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It was true what she said about dying. There is a corporeal footprint. We as women were denied to live... View Article


November 9, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Having a space for feeling good and wellbeing was not seen as important.


February 24, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

All the people who I saw as powerful, individuals in large organizations are no longer there.


April 25, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I will feel safer when the police address cases of discrimination.


February 18, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Our phones at home, the office, our cellphones are hacked.


July 26, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Some give up. They feel there is no need of being an activist.


January 29, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Human rights defenders have a good image. We are seen as a necessary part of a democracy.


October 7, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The imprisonment verdicts are getting closer to our circles.


April 17, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Only those close to you know, and they are the ones who matter, yet it is not a good thing.


September 21, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

People who want to portray their states and statesmen in a negative way.


July 1, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We have to protect ourselves. It’s a question of trying to survive.


July 29, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I couldn’t handle more of torture testimonies. I got what is called “vicarious traumatization,” where you get a trauma from... View Article


November 26, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I did not pay enough attention to my health with my family.


December 13, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Being able to think about your mind is a privilege that many people cannot afford.


November 8, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I’ve always said that this is a living war. It’s not something that we talk about in the past. It’s... View Article


May 3, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We receive threats, harassment that affects our internal peace.


January 2, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Safety and security for me means limitation. To stay protected and safe all the time, you need to take some... View Article


February 6, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Within our own organization, we are respected and people care about us.


February 27, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Right after the revolution, the society was more open to our community; I could very easily tell my neighbors that... View Article


May 17, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

To stop me from doing my work is to stop me from being myself.


June 16, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I considered it a success that these people now know that the new law regarding demonstrations is against them.


March 2, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When you work in the light it makes you feel safe and supported.


March 8, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The enormous defamation by the media, subordinate to the state or subordinate to the regime or subordinate to the apparatus... View Article


June 26, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Change won’t come before the state sees human rights not merely as a tool used by other nations to pressure... View Article


January 30, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

They see us as entitled brats, we are never satisfied. We only look at the negative, always angry.


April 6, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you claim your rights, there are ways in which you or your community are threatened, often indirectly.


April 29, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Each time there is a violation of rights, or each time something unfair happens, it just makes me more committed.


October 29, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Many leaders have been stigmatized or threatened in their neighborhoods.


May 2, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Right now there are alliances of activists with the political parties in power. This generates insecurity for me.


July 11, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I am angry because we cannot defend and promote rights in secure and free conditions.


March 28, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

To feel safe is not to be threatened all the time. It is not normal.


August 8, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The justice system is a a very interlaid structure of power, with no exception. There are exceptions of people who... View Article


June 19, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I think being a human rights defender is a very privileged position. Human rights defenders go on to defend their... View Article


January 14, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

For the multinationals we are an obstacle. So for them, we are nothing good.


April 27, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

What makes me feel so insecure is that they don’t act in a timely manner.


June 27, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In order to do our job professionally, we need to separate our personal feelings from our practice.


January 18, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We feel very potent when we find a space for recognition, because we have been neglected of that recognition.


September 27, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

For most people, we are considered spies and traitors receiving money from abroad.


January 15, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I think it’s sad when police and public functionaries, whose job it is to protect us and guarantee that we... View Article


November 1, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Other people associate human rights defenders with the left, and this is often associated with the insurgency. Because of this,... View Article


January 11, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We had something in common with society; we may have disagreed about a few details but largely we agreed together.


February 11, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

What is really important is love – to love and respect, value and have enough self-esteem to do it; to... View Article


April 12, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Sometimes people are very passionate in collective work and things can get out of control. There are a lot of... View Article


January 8, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I stayed calm, I did not use abusive language, I try to make them understand why I am doing this.


February 21, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When violence comes from within, from the closer sphere – such as sentimental companions, companions of the same organisations, machismo... View Article


September 17, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

He forced me to have sex without protection. I refused, he beat.


April 11, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

One acts with overconfidence. If your life has been quiet you cannot imagine that your life can change.


July 8, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I decided to clean my documents at home, and I shredded a lot of personal letters, diaries and postcards. I... View Article


September 20, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Our families fear that what we are doing is dangerous and they pressure us to stop the work and look... View Article


September 7, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Sometimes I sleep just four hours a day, or eat once a day.


January 27, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you conducted a survey on a random sample of ten, regardless of their political views, I believe you will... View Article


April 18, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In order to continue in our work we have to somehow ignore risks.


August 20, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The corporeal impacts are cantered in the shoulders, stomach, genitals, decreasing of libido. When do we ask defenders about sexual... View Article


March 13, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Very strong people look up to them to face the ogres of the world.


August 4, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Many of those who were active have completely stopped their efforts because of pressure from family members.


February 2, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Really, there is a lack of appreciation for such commitment. And many people prefer not to sacrifice so much.


February 15, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I am especially afraid of an acid attack; this is very common against women. In the street I am always... View Article


December 3, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

People who use people to get their own way — opportunists.


October 6, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The current offensive they are launching against us can take very severe forms starting from psychological trauma to the point... View Article


March 2, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I keep creating answers in my mind in case I got arrested and interrogated. But I don’t think I’ve reached... View Article


October 27, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In many circles, a defender is thought of as a person from the Left, in conflict with the system, inclined... View Article


January 26, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I feel people feel the need for civil society but they are afraid to approach.


July 14, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I am afraid we will be frustrated, and one day will choose other way, which contradicts our previous values.


June 12, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Having values to guide you is extremely important, so that you are not easily corruptible.


August 1, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I think activists know that once they are in the custody of the police they have very limited measures to... View Article


July 23, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When you are emotionally hit, one is broken. How can we continue?


January 26, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

People respect us very deeply. They know what we are doing and they are sympathetic.


April 30, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Even though the situation is getting worse with each day, the most amazing thing is that no one is afraid... View Article


January 9, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Collective presence: being alone is definitely much more risky, starting the minute you leave the house as soon as you... View Article


March 25, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The general atmosphere, the insistence on not admitting there are violations.


March 29, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When I saw the injustice and violence that was going on, I started reacting.


January 30, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I always tell the women what we are doing is strengthening ourselves a bit more each day.


December 7, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The government and government agencies view us as irritants who only talk about the ills of the government.


February 13, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We believe that we’re not the main actor, that we’re a small part that allows the actor to build their... View Article


March 26, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In the communities that we work with and victims of violations, we are seen as an ally. Our presence calms... View Article


February 13, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You are dealing with a regime who would not care about evidence if they wanted to get you.


February 1, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

People often only approach us when they have a problem. When they need something.


April 12, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We don’t have the knowledge on how or the technology to protect ourselves.


September 25, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We are beaten when the community are standing by and watching.


May 8, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We need to look inside ourselves, the collectives and our social movements in order to give time, resources, analysis and... View Article


August 5, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Our feeling of defeat is one of the main reasons we are not enthusiastic about security, as we are demotivated... View Article


February 16, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I believe that there is some support to this kind of work.


July 20, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Once I lost the hope in my country, I stopped believing in God. I felt sick.


January 24, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I feel secure because I have friends who have a common vision.


December 19, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

After all this distraction and deviation from the path of the revolution, most people lost confidence in any person talking... View Article


May 12, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

They don’t want to become politically active because they are afraid for their children. And I understand where they are... View Article


July 27, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The government doesn’t want to hear us. The system itself – the country, the politicians, the administrator – don’t want... View Article


December 26, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I think that prioritizing mental wellbeing is a new concept. At the end of the day the civil society is... View Article


March 5, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Someone that can claim things that human beings need: right to water, to air, to food, to have a patrimony.


February 3, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Now that women are united, we are able to do protests and organize strikes better.


February 10, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Our vilification has increased and during the last couple of years it has reached new terrifying heights.


February 23, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I still have hope that as long as you are honest with people, they will believe you at the end.


March 20, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We are not aware of our own security and more concerned for the security of the victims whom we assist.


April 19, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The level of violations that a person has to deal with is bigger than his/her capacity.


May 12, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

How can we use our individual abilities to help our collective goals, so people within the place started to bond... View Article


July 17, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The law is absurd. Human rights exist on paper; they’re not for real.


May 16, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I am committed to the work, I am committed to myself, and I am committed to the people.


December 15, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

People don’t understand that all human beings, as long as they’re doing something in defending various rights and talking on... View Article


January 17, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Oftentimes citizens are not interested in knowing if their rights are being violated or not.


August 26, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I recently started to come back to fieldwork and research, however, in every interview I conduct I feel I was... View Article


February 25, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If we engage with groups of people on specific issues we can rebuild bridges with them.


August 27, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There were so many cases that said I reached depression because of what I have experienced.


October 12, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We are one of the permissible and authorized targets to attack for the state media apparatus.


December 31, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Most of people have a distorted idea about human rights because they do not really know what exactly the work... View Article


February 7, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

On Facebook, we share material about other defenders’ problems, to make sure they will share ours when we are under... View Article


February 3, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Human rights defenders are exposed at every time to suffer the worst atrocities. You can know that consciously. That is... View Article


August 15, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you just work with your emotions and you don’t pay attention to the political part, the construction of new... View Article


February 12, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

They have a capacity to dig deep in personal lives, get information, pictures, abuse, threat, impose, falsify information, basically end... View Article


January 20, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There was a threat against my life. There was no preventive action; not even the judges pay attention.


January 10, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

What it seems generally is that there are two main factions, and both of them hate us.


March 13, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I do not want to die for my work. I want to die as an old person.


January 19, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We share tools with them and they share us their experience.


May 18, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We had to fight to be accepted. It took a long time but I never gave up.


March 16, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

One quotidian risk is stigmatisation. If you are not careful enough to know who is the adequate person that should... View Article


January 23, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I feel secure because I have friends outside of my region and abroad who support me.


January 2, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Merely talking and keeping busy with other people, working with people who are similar to you, who think like you.


February 17, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Many times they may have had family members killed, or even their entire family killed.


October 14, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We hinder the wheel of production, and prevent the country from progressing because we defame it abroad.


February 26, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It is a very tight circle of people. Mostly, we know each other, we have heard of whateach other’s work... View Article


May 7, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When a TV presenter publicly accuses me of receiving foreign funds and training youth to topple the regime, my father... View Article


January 28, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Sometimes they say good things about human rights, but the majority don’t.


June 5, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I don’t feel like a victim of anything. I am just a person that works.


February 22, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I personally believe that out there, there are still millions who believe in the revolution.


February 25, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I am now paranoid that local people can report you. They can harm you by reporting you or even assault... View Article


April 26, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It makes me feel insecure when the police and authorities do not take action.


January 25, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I received big support from my relatives, my mother and sister. One of my friends came and accompanied me at... View Article


August 18, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Repression opens wounds that should be healed collectively.


April 13, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Sometimes we see women human rights defenders that cannot stop. One of them told me: “If I stop, I will... View Article


October 11, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We are gays, we defend LGBTI, we distort the country’s image abroad.


April 20, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Sometimes you put your life at risk because you believe that no one should have to remain quiet.


January 6, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We are seen as agents to the west, funded by it, or have a secret agenda, and corrupted.


January 29, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

They are affected by the picture that the ruling regime has drawn of us.


January 20, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When we find something for which we are recognised, we can not let go of that.


March 31, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Being a human rights defender makes you really visible, and this makes it easier to receive attacks or threats.


February 24, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If anything happens to you, you know there are people who have the strength – not necessarily to make a... View Article


May 6, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Sometimes you do not want to continue due to health and mental problems, but it is difficult to go back.


March 21, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I still believe that HRDs can still rebuild this trust if they focus on the human rights work.


March 9, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

People tend to put more effort and time in other’s rights and lives than their own.


October 13, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We have reached a stage where everyone is insulted/defamed. So feeling numb and ignoring it is the best way to... View Article


March 24, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There is one sector, the one whom you help, who sees you as the savior.


July 15, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

National security is for me an umbrella for groups that are not only threats but abusers, in a balance of... View Article


March 6, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Many of those who were active have completely stopped their efforts because of the fear of media scandals.


July 9, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We face judges who issue verdicts before the trial begins based on their preconceived personal opinions of the defendants.


March 7, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Some people believe that no matter what security measures you take the ruling regime will hurt you if they want... View Article


February 8, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If I am threatened in a specific place I might consider relocation.


December 8, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There is a lack of solidarity in the human rights movement; fragmentation and historical betrayal.


January 17, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I never felt judged; I was taught that even if I fell down I could get up again.


April 24, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

My mother laughed, told them that the dam was going to drown her anyways.


October 8, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The regime is openly fighting civil society, fighting us, fighting anything related to creativity and thinking. They want to monopolize... View Article


May 11, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It would make me feel safe if the State abandoned its politicking and clientalism.


September 30, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you come out and share an experience, you do not get support. You get bombarded by the spotlight. That... View Article


May 20, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You walk down the street and people point at you saying you are a traitor or a spy.


January 15, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

After realising I had not experienced direct violence, I considered myself lucky.


February 2, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

No one does human rights work alone. Human rights work is done collectively.


July 30, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I feel once they get you, it’s game over and there is not much to do from your side.


October 1, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In the eyes of people, we are funded, agents, traitors and conspire with foreign agencies.


December 22, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Even our own families, when they see the image the media presents of our field, become suspicious of our work... View Article


August 7, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The feeling of defeat does not mean losing faith in the cause.


March 31, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It makes me feel better when something goes well, although it’s been awhile that things don’t go well because they’re... View Article


June 15, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I believe in what I do, and if I do not do it I will not be myself.


December 12, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We are beaten when the community are standing by and watching.


July 19, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

On the one hand you are vulnerable; on the other, you are blamed and [violence] becomes ‘natural’.


September 11, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There’s this perspective of us as an evil, because it’s people that take what the radio, television or mass media... View Article


July 31, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I once reported a driver for sexual harassment, and I could not, because the police believed that I was trying... View Article


February 23, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Threats by phone: “Hey, you! You want to be a hero, huh. We’ll see where you will escape.”


April 27, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I have chosen this political life a long time ago, and paid the price and was imprisoned twice.


August 13, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It gets tiring. I would like to be away from here. There is so much social injustice.


January 22, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

For those who know our work, they pay respect to us. They welcome us in villages and everywhere. So people... View Article


September 13, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

They say that I receive money from the prosecutors office.


June 14, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Without conviction and values it is very easy to switch sides.


October 20, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It is a small community, so people are close to each other, and they interfere with your life, comment on... View Article


April 21, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You always feel a sense of danger, the only difference is the degree, and your own assessment of whether the... View Article


March 24, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you criticize – not even oppose – the state, you are under the threat that your personal freedom may... View Article


July 28, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

All this confidence that was built after the revolution between us and people is now destroyed.


December 1, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

People who don’t have work to do, who are in the streets doing nothing.


February 14, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Safety depends on a more grounded education, of the same quality amongst all levels of society.


November 22, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We don’t have a culture of seeing a psychologist, having therapy. It is expensive, too.


March 19, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Wherever you think there’s no risk, it’s where it is. You can’t control everything.


March 27, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

They use family as a card against me. Because if they defame you, your family members will pressure you to... View Article


February 22, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Some of them go to live with relatives or friends when their security is threatened.


February 8, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We are lucky to have a loving supportive team even on a personal level, so you felt supported.


October 17, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You go to your friends or you crawl in bed or you go party until you forget what happened.


April 23, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

On a personal level, you have people around who are close to you who also feel threatened, so they project... View Article


January 28, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In a sense we have created a ghetto for ourselves where we practice our beliefs more freely than the wider... View Article


March 4, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It is totally in the hands of the authorities as long as you have decided to engage in public work.


February 29, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

This sense of solidarity is the most important thing for me than anything else.


March 11, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

What can one to do prevent something when they don’t know where the threat might come from, or when, or... View Article


December 4, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Sometimes you are so overwhelmed by this work, you even forget yourself.


August 31, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Sometimes I wake up and feel depressed or with anxiety and insecurities.


October 15, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We were always the target of the attacks of all the ruling regimes in the last years.


June 28, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

International solidarity is not as effective as it used to be. I feel that there is no strong backup when... View Article


September 22, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

They are seen as the people who are against the government.


March 28, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The communities say things like that we are their saviors, or that we give them strength.


January 9, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We are seen as permissive in our personal choices; even the conservatives among us in their life choices are seen... View Article


February 5, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There are certain things that I do not tell, not even to my son.


March 5, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Many of those who were active have completely stopped their efforts because of the fear of being imprisoned.


August 2, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If I got tortured I would probably give up and give away the access to my data to reduce torture.


June 18, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I feel that I am a defender, even though I do not receive money for my work.


March 26, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There is no law, there is no established rule. The whole thing is subjected to personal, paternalistic, and authoritarian preferences... View Article


April 18, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The constant worry of my family regarding my involvement in politics.


May 25, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I realised that it was important to maintain my nucleus. This makes me strong.


February 19, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Some friends supported me by telling me that I am doing good.


January 1, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You have to go out, have fun, do things. Be in a relationship.


December 16, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There are many people working on human rights, but they do not understand that they are part of human rights... View Article


May 18, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Police presence in the street, like informers or even a police unit car…any form of Ministry of Interior representation makes... View Article


December 14, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In the government’s view, we are people who use human rights as a tool to criticise the government.


March 27, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

People? They think we are their salvation. That we will save them.


June 20, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The human rights defender isn’t always someone who is privileged, or studied how to become a defender.


May 19, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The general public, of course, thinks we are foreign agents and spies, and that we harming our country’s reputation.


April 16, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You think you are a superhero, that you have all the tools, that we can save and change the world.


December 25, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I lost my communication skills with my family because they see me as weird. They do not understand why I... View Article


April 9, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I think that we are naive, we want to think that we are in a democracy.


April 20, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We also get very nervous when we book in public places and security forces cancel our events, which mess up... View Article


November 11, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If we could just achieve some space for sharing with family, for hobbies and recreation, to disconnect our heads a... View Article


December 9, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

They are seen as the people who don’t want good things to happen.


April 1, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Having made these denouncements has made me very vulnerable and exposed in the streets.


October 21, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I have been a victim of physical violence from people on all sides.


May 14, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The feeling of defeat does not mean losing faith in the cause.


January 3, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The situation is getting worse because the regime doesn’t want us.


April 28, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Our emotional wellbeing is a luxury compared to the type of violations we deal with.


July 16, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We will remain enemies of the state. As a result, we will be considered enemies by certain factions of the... View Article


June 8, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We are all in our right minds, we all have our five senses, we are not crazy.


September 4, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It makes me feel better when something goes well, although it’s been awhile that things don’t go well because they’re... View Article


August 28, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We are in the worst emotional situation. I think the real success for the regime is that they managed to... View Article


June 25, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

For the police, they remain resistant and suspicious. If I turn up at their post, they harden their faces. Well,... View Article


May 19, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We’re not looking to be protagonists or to serve our own interests.


May 24, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I realised that if I had to take care of others I had to take into account my well-being.


May 8, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Government protection measures can actually raise the level of risk.


January 13, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I think what helps me feel calm is that, although my work is important, it’s not my entire life.


November 7, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You are immediately accused of being communist, guerrilla.


May 6, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We have no idea what the public thinks, even with all the polling and surveying, even by the most professional... View Article


March 1, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We have popular support which we sometimes sense more acutely in social media platforms and random offers of support than... View Article


February 20, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

People know that we work to protect the rights of the people: right to life, democracy, the right to economy,... View Article


April 14, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I feel insecure about the current condition. The political issue is unstable. We do not have good governance.


March 1, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I feel unsafe because there are unsafe people even within the civil organizations. These people are supposed to support you,... View Article


July 22, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Sometimes you do not want to continue due to health and mental problems, but it is difficult to go back.


August 30, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You risk your own emotional and physical security and stability for the cause, and really the problem is, very few... View Article


November 12, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

That our struggle is useless, that our sentimentalism is nonsense and that nobody can take us seriously.


August 29, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You can’t expect what the state would do. Everything at a certain point seems pointless.


February 20, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We gay activists are highly vulnerable due to our sexual practices.


March 14, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You are a mouthpiece to other people. You fight for the rights of those who can’t fight for their rights... View Article


May 27, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There is a political conviction that makes you continue, knowing that your work is necessary.


May 1, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Insecurity is generated by some places; in particular, dark streets I do not know.


July 5, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Sometimes we deal with emotional disdain and arrogance towards society, saying that, “You did this to yourselves.”


August 17, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I have been in depression, in crisis, under surveillance day and night.


November 24, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When we tell them that we want to talk about human rights, about human rights defenders, the first thing they... View Article


October 18, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You have a media that says all the time things like human rights people are traitors or receiving foreign funds,... View Article


June 29, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Only people who don’t bother to do their human rights work can have the time and money to pamper themselves.


April 17, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We want to work and ignore the risk because we understand that we have to face it.


April 16, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

To ease the stress feeling, I will do some of my hobbies. I usually read and watch film.


March 3, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In the context that we are living in, there is no security plan that could work.


January 13, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You suddenly find out that we issue a press release that looks like we are talking to ourselves, not the... View Article


February 11, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Some people recommend leaving the country for a couple of years until things calm down.


February 7, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I received lots of SMS texts with messages containing death threats.


December 30, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In a sense we have created a ghetto for ourselves where we practice our beliefs more freely than the wider... View Article


April 22, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You can be easily detained because you publish reports documenting violations with numbers.


September 10, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There is a stigma, even if culture has changed a little bit.


August 6, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

People started getting mental breakdowns. they were mentally destroyed by making two revolutions, then going back to the stage before... View Article


May 16, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Even our own families, when they see the image the media presents of our field, become suspicious of our work... View Article


September 1, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Everything is moved by money. Even if you are very spiritual and free, one cannot escape.


June 4, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Each time I go to a community and they ask for my help. This makes me more committed.


March 15, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

On the one hand you are vulnerable; on the other you are blamed and [violence] becomes ‘natural’.


June 24, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Work is something difficult, not related to money, but if I do not do it I feel bad.


March 9, 2001 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There is always the threat of how my work would be interpreted by the people who don’t understand what I... View Article


November 13, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Our contribution to society is always questioned, obstructed and even repressed and criminalised.


December 23, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Gay, an agent and a traitor, weird, vain and wastes their time and energy instead of working in a good... View Article


May 13, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you decide to continue your work, you are compelled to deal with it.


July 13, 2000 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Our contribution to society is always questioned, obstructed and even repressed and criminalised.