Our Advocates

Between 1989 and 2021, a total of 346 human rights advocates from 95 countries attended HRAP. In recent years, advocates have ranged from early career advocates who have cut their teeth in very urgent human rights situations to mid-career advocates who have founded organizations.

Below are the biographies of current Advocates and descriptions by select alumni as to why they became human rights advocates.

To see a list of additional past Advocates click here.

To read about more about the work of our Advocates click here .


Olena Semenova
Lenny Emson, 2017
Louisa Essendi, 2015
Elsadig Elsheikh
Elsadig Elsheikh, 2009
Bede Chimezie Eziefule
Bede Chimezie Eziefule, 2002