The Brave: In Pictures

12 May 2017, 15:31 UTC | Worldwide

Máxima Acuña, a peasant farmer in northern Peru, has braved violent attacks from police for refusing to leave the land where she lives. She had the courage to stand up for her community and confront one of the world’s biggest mining companies. © Raul Garcia Pereira/Amnistia Internacional

Narges Mohammadi has braved constant harassment and intimidation in Iran, and is now serving 22 years in prison – just for standing up against the death penalty and fighting for the rights of others. © Amnesty International

Edward Snowden faces 30 years in prison in the USA after sharing documents which revealed the extent of unlawful mass surveillance. His courage means we all now know the truth. © Amnesty International

“Progress is the product of dissent. If nobody is willing to change things, or try something different, we’ll have very static and I think very limited societies.”

Edward Snowden, US human rights defender

In Myanmar, student activist Phyoe Phyoe Aung was beaten by police and imprisoned after leading peaceful marches against a new law which she believed restricted academic freedom. © Private

Berta Cáceres, a prominent campaigner for the environment, was shot dead in her home in Honduras in March 2016, apparently in connection with her human rights work. © Amnesty International

 “I am always thinking about being killed or kidnapped. But I refuse to go into exile. I am a human rights fighter and I will not give up this fight.” 

Berta Cáceres, a human rights defender who was shot dead in Honduras in 2016

Itai Dzamara, a journalist and pro-democracy activist in Zimbabwe, was abducted in March 2015 after calling for mass action to tackle deteriorating economic conditions in the country. His fate and whereabouts remain unknown. © Private

Ales Bialiatski was the chair of a human rights organisation in Belarus which provided assistance to victims of a crackdown on opposition. He was arrested in 2011 on tax evasion charges which appeared to be politically motivated. © RFE/RL

Dilip Roy was arrested in Bangladesh after using Facebook to criticise the ruling party’s support of a new coal power plant in an area of natural beauty. He could face up to 14 years in prison if convicted. © Private

Waleed Abu al-Khair, a human rights lawyer in Saudi Arabia, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted of a range of offences, including “disobeying the ruler” and “setting up an unlicensed organization”. © Private

Khadija Ismayilova, a journalist and outspoken government critic in Azerbaijan, has been subjected to a prolonged smear campaign including being sent screengrabs of a video shot with cameras hidden in her apartment. © RFE/RL