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Cypher Comics

In July 2020, Front Line Defenders launched Cypher (@cypher_comics on Instagram), a digital comics magazine that advances the organization’s storytelling and narrative framing work in collaboration with and in support of HRDs. Working with artists from around the world, including the award-winning visual storyteller, Beldan Sezen, as creative director, the ’zine is a monthly publication featuring stories of HRDs, their work and the challenges they face.

If you are interested in an annual subscription to receive printed editions of Cypher, please email campaigns@frontlinedefenders.org, with 'Subscription' in the subject line, and you will be sent more information about options. We are close to finalizing printing arrangements and pricing options.

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Uganda
  HRD - Christopher Opio
  Artist - Christian Mugarura Mafigiri
Nepal
  HRDs - Bidya Shrestha Maharjan
  Artist - Promina
Peru
  HRD - Máxima Acuña de Chaupe
  Artist - Jon Sack

 

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Ecuador
  HRD - Josefina Tunki
  Artist - Ce Larrea
Algeria
  HRDs - Mohad Gasmi
  Artist - Mohammed Cherkaoui
Democratic Republic of Congo
  HRD - Sex Worker Rights Defenders
  Artist - Adolphe Funda Kizungu

 

 

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Sierra Leone
  HRD - Aminata Fabba
  Artist - Ahmed Sahid Nasralla
Cambodia
  HRDs - Mother Nature Cambodia
  Artist - Beldan Sezen
Brazil
  HRD - Camila Moradia
  Artist - Wallace Bidu
Belarus
  HRDs - Siarhei Drazdouski & Aleh Hrableuski
  Artist - Anonymous
Portugal
  HRD - Mamadou Ba
  Artist - Nancy Saphira
Palestine
  HRDs - Sami & Sameeha Huraini
  Artist - Mohamed Tayeb

 

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Ukraine
  HRDs - Legalife-Ukraine & SWAN
  Artist - Maria Sweeney

Australia
  HRDs - Vixen Collective
  Artist - Katie Fricas

 

 

 

 

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Democratic Republic of Congo
  HRDs - Joseph Itongwa
  Artist - Asimba Bathy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brazil
  HRDs - José Claudio Ribeiro, Maria do Espirito Santo, Claudelice Santos
  Artist - Ty Silva
Chile
  HRDs - Nora Ñancul, Gricel Ñancul, Onesima Lienqueo
  Artist - Marcella Trujillo

 

 

 

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Myanmar

  Artist 1 - anonymous
  Artist 2 - Sina Wittayawiroj
Palestine
  Artist - Samir Harb
Colombia
  Artist - Lucas Ospina

 

 

 

 

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Turkey

  HRD - rumeysa özüyağlı
  Artist - Betül Yılmaz
Brazil
  HRD - Frenando dos Santos Araújo, José Vargas Sobrinho Junior
  Artist - Mandy Barros

 

 

 

 

 

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Mongolia

  HRD - OTWatch
  Artist - Jon Sack
Zambia
  HRD - Elijah Chisombo
  Artist - Anonymous
Morocco
  HRD - Imider
  Artist - Anonymous
Turkey
  HRD - Artvin, Nur Neşe Karahan
  Artist - Beldan Sezen
 

 

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Mexico

  HRD - Lorena Gutiérrez Rangel
  Artist - Eréndira Derbez & Estudio Plumbago
Laos
  HRD - Houayheuang Xayabouly (Muay)
  Artist - Kori Song
Azerbaijan
  HRD - Gülnara Mehdiyeva
  Artist - Madina Zholdybekova

 

 

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Tunisia

  HRD - Saadia Mosbeh
  Artist - Moez Tabia & Nada Dagdoug
Portugal
  HRD - Mamadou Ba - SOS Racismo
  Artist - Nuno Saraiva
Uruguay
  HRD - Mizangas
  Artist - Mikaela Sánchez
Sudan
  HRD - Khalid Al-Baih
  Artist - Joseph Bergen
Japan
  HRDs - Black Lives Matter - Tokyo
  Artist - Mmyoi
 

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Tonga

  HRD - 'Ofa Guttenbeil  
  Artist - Natasha Natarajan
Transnistria/Moldova
  HRD - Resonance Center
  Artist - Maria Sweeney
Zimbabwe
  HRDs - Beatrice Savadye
  Artist - Lomedy Mhako
Argentina
  HRD - Mekfoula Mint Brahim
  Artist - Lia Copello
 

 

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Sri Lanka

  HRD - Juwairiya Mohideen
  Artist - Isuri
Armenia
  HRD - Lara Aharonian
  Artist - Armine Shahbazyan
Iraq
  HRDs - Women Human Rights Defenders
  Artist - Mays Yasser
Mauritania
  HRD - Mekfoula Mint Brahim
  Artist - Cooldji.Designed
Colombia
  HRDs - Guardia Indígena del Cauca
  Artist - Michael Guetio

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India 1
  HRDs - Anti-CAA protesters
  Artist - Neelima
India 2
  HRDs - HRDs in Bhima Koregaon case
  Artist - "Just Some Regular Cowards"
Italy
  HRDs - No-TAP Movement
  Artist - Bambi Kramer
Nicaragua
  HRD - 'Jorge Maldonado'
  Artist - Sacha Lebákov

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Cypher 02 features an audio interview with Palestinian HRD and artist Hafez Omar - listen to the interview by clicking on the 'Hafez Talks' buttons when viewing the comcis in the 'zine viewer below (the PDF file does not support the audio files).

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Palestine
  HRD - Hafez Omar
  Artist - Hafez Omar
Puerto Rico
  HRD - Shariana Ferrer-Núñez
  Artist - Rosa Colón Guerra
Hong Kong
  HRD - Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China
  Artist - A. Li

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Kenya
  HRD - Ruth Mumbi
  Artist - Nomes Dee
Pakistan
  HRD - Idris Khattak
  Artist - anonymous
Lebanon
  HRD - Egna Legna
  Artist - Pascale Ghazaly
Brazil
  HRD - Rosa Luz
  Artist - Lyvia Emanuelly

 

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