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42 Human Rights Defenders also want to win in World Cup

June 12, 2014

“If just a fraction of the global attention given to football could be given to securing human rights, we would all be celebrating victory.”

Front Line Defenders and Brazilian NGO partners Justiça Global and Terra de Direitos launched today an online and social media campaign to focus attention on the plight of 42 human rights defenders (HRDs) from each of the participating World Cup nations (www.sportshrd.org). The international campaign kicks off  in a few hours just before the first World Cup match between Brazil and Croatia with an event in Dublin.

Front Line Defenders draws attention to these heroes in our societies who work at great personal risk, against seemingly insurmountable odds to secure fundamental rights and freedoms for others,” announced Mary Lawlor, Executive Director of Front Line Defenders.

The campaign site allows visitors to send messages of solidarity, which will be delivered to the HRDs. On Twitter, please use #sportshrd to enlarge the reach of the campaign.

For more information contact adam[at]frontlinedefenders.org 

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In countdown to 2014 World Cup, Thousands in Brazil Cope with Forced Evictions

June 13, 2013

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As Posted on June 12, 2013 by Matisse Bustos Hawkes

Today, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and FIFA President Sepp Blatter will officially mark the one-year countdown to the opening of the 2014 World Cup. Read the rest of this entry »