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Volunteers (HRD Memorial Project)

In November 2016, the HRD Memorial was launched by President Michael D Higgins with the participation of human rights defenders (HRDs) from Honduras, the Philippines, Guatemala, Colombia and Brazil.

The HRD Memorial ( is a special project initiated by Front Line Defenders, in partnership with a network of 20 national and international human rights organisations. The purpose of the project is to celebrate the lives of all the HRDs who have been killed since the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders came into effect in 1998. Front Line Defenders estimates that number to be in the region of 3,500.

In addition to recording the basic details of the killings, each record will include a personal profile of the HRD celebrating their work, their achievements and their courage.

This is where you come in.

We are recruiting a team of writers with either Spanish or Portuguese who are willing to give up one weekend to write profiles for the HRDs killed in 2016. The profile, which will be about 500 words long, will be written in English and translated into Spanish or Portuguese as needed. We are looking to recruit a team of ten people and will provide an ample supply of donuts and pizza.

Here is a sample profile to give you an idea of what is needed:

We plan to do this in early September - date TBC depending on people's availability.

If you are interested in working on this project please send a short email to the Head of the HRD Memorial Project, Jim Loughran, at Please be sure to put HRD Memorial Volunteer in the title line.