8 inspiring human rights quotes

1. “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”

Nelson Mandela, South African civil rights activist

2. “If someone needs to express their gender in a way that is different, that is okay. They don’t deserve to be victims of violence. If you are uncomfortable with it, then you need to look at yourself.”

Laverne Cox, American actress

3. “It means a great deal to those who are oppressed to know that they are not alone. Never let anyone tell you that what you are doing is insignificant.” 

Desmond Tutu, South African civil rights activist

4. “We protest because we love ourselves, and our people… Love is at the root of our resistance.” 

Colin Kaepernick, athlete, activist and Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience

5. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Martin Luther King, African-American civil rights activist

6. “The candle burns not for us, but for all those whom we failed to rescue from prison, who were shot on the way to prison, who were tortured, who were kidnapped, who ‘disappeared’. That’s what the candle is for.”

Peter Benenson, founder of Amnesty International

7. “Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.”

14th Dalai Lama

8. “You cannot kill the truth. You cannot kill justice. You cannot kill what we are fighting for.”

Jean Dominique, Haitian democracy activist