The Manaaki Collective Resources

Here you will find educational and shareable resources about the rights of environmental human rights defenders and the values that The Manaaki Collective stand for.

The Manaaki Collective Declaration Graphics

The UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders

This very important international instrument was adopted by consensus by the United Nations General Assembly in 1998, and contains principles and rights that are based on human rights standards. The declaration:

  • Identifies human rights defenders as individuals or groups who act to promote, protect or strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms through peaceful means.
  • Recognizes the key role of human rights defenders in the realization of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and legally binding treaties and in the international human rights system.
  • Represents a paradigm shift: it is addressed not just to States and to human rights defenders, but to everyone. It emphasizes that there is a global human rights movement that involves us all and that we all have a role to fulfil in making human rights a reality for all.

You can read the full text of the declaration HERE

Here is an easy-to-understand downloadable poster on the rights of human rights defenders.
You can download versions in other languages here