Human Rights Day: exceptional chance to put questions to 3 women human rights defenders

December 9, 2014

To mark Human Rights Day tomorrow, Wednesday 10 December, the Guardian organises a live chat with three women human rights defenders who will answer your questions on their campaigning work and the challenges they face in uncovering abuses. The panel looks most promising:

The panel:

Dinara Yunus, Azerbaijan

Dinara Yunus

Yunus is an independent human rights activist who has lived in exile in the Netherlands for the past five years. Her parents, Arif and Leyla Yunus, are prominent human rights defenders who are imprisoned in Azerbaijan. Leyla is founder and director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy. Leyla and Arif’s campaigning work included compiling and disseminating a list of political prisoners held in in Azerbaijan. Dinara is working on her parents’ case. []

Christina ‘Tinay’ Palabay, Philippines

Christina ‘Tinay’ Palabay

Palabay is the secretary general of Karapatan, a human rights organisation monitoring and documenting violations in the Philippines. She is also the convenor of Tanggol Bayi (Defend Women), an association of female human rights defenders in the country. []

Alejandra Ancheita, Mexico



Ancheita is founder and executive director of the Mexico City-based ProDESC. She is a lawyer and activist focusing on the rights of migrants, workers and indigenous communities. She has dedicated more than 15 years to protecting peoples’ land and labour rights in the face of increasing infringements from multinational mining and energy companies. She is the 2014 MEA Laureate.[]

In association with the Association of Women’s rights In Development and Mama Cash, join Carla Kweifio-Okai  of the Guardian on Wednesday 10 December at 1pm GMT. You can post your questions in the comment thread in the original article below or email


Human Rights Day: what do you want to ask campaigners? | Carla Kweifio-Okai | Global development | The Guardian.

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