Photo: ENEL Peru

The scurity of our habitat defenders is in jeopardy. States and big business try to stop people who, despite being under threat, speak out in defense of the right to land, housing and right to the city.

Today, 10th of December, marks the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, despite this commitment of States for more than half a century, we are still witnessing the violation of these rights and the growing persecution of human rights defenders around the world.

We remember that land, housing and the city continue to be a source of profit and speculation for a few who end up speculating with the rights of many. Thousands of defenders raise their voices to prevent this situation, suffering threats, coercion and murder. According to Global Witness, more than three people were killed each week during 2018, and countless more were criminalized for defending their territory and our environment.


Learn more about our campaign for protecting Human Rights defenders and read our statements for World Habitat Day and the World Day for the Right to the City


Human rights at the heart of climate talks

Today and every day we reaffirm our commitment and solidarity with human rights and environmental defenders, who are suffering increasing persecution around the world. On this day that we celebrate in parallel to COP25, we make a collective call for solidarity with environmental defenders. We re-launch our demands to the states urging for the protection of Human Rights Defenders and reminding them of the importance of facing climate change through Human Rights related to Habitat and the Right to the City, placing the care of the planet and people at the centre.

Click here to learn more about our activities during COP25 and to read our collective statement


Listening to the story of Luis d’Elia (Argentina), Cesare Ottolini (Italy), Moussa Ka (Senegal), Samir Flores (Mexico), Abdullah Abu Rahmah (Palestine), Khadim Hussain Dahot (Pakistan), the women who defend the ecosystem of Lomas de Amancaes in Peru, the indigenous peoples’ organizations and movements in Ecuador, Chile and many others, makes us stronger to continue to protect our human rights related to the environment, housing and the city, and to stand up for our human rights defenders.



Unfortunately, there are many stories of threatened defenders, and we want to give them visibility, will you help us?

  • Share these stories on social networks or the stories of any threatened defender you know
  • Echo this message and figures of the defense of our habitat rights
  • Stand up for our defenders!