Meet Mary Lawlor, an expert on human rights

We are delighted to introduce the first of our experts on Afghanistan - Mary Lawlor.

Mary was named the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders in March 2020.

Mary established an organisation called Front Line Defenders in 2001 to meet the immediate security and protection needs of human rights defenders at risk around the world.

We asked her your questions about human rights in Afghanistan. Watch Mary's answers and reply to this question in the comments:

What has Mary's answers inspired you to do or learn more about?



Does the Taliban movement in Afghanistan respect the rights of all its citizens?
caring_personality, Shouka Prep Girls' School


Are women able to highlight their rights and their rejection of injustice and oppression at the moment?
smart_glacier, Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School

If an Afghan woman or an Afghan girl or a man were to speak out about what's going on in Afghanistan, they would be at very big risk because if the Taliban find out what they are doing they could arrest them.

Mary Lawlor on people speaking out in Afghanistan


Have you ever felt threatened because of what you're posting and what you're doing?
majestic_moon | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School


What made you decide to do what you do, and what is the most interesting thing about your job?
stupendous_volcano, Upton Cross Primary School


You might notice that the audio and video of this clip is out of sync - we're aware of this and are fixing later this week!


How can young people make a different on human rights?
Tom @ Topical Talk


Thank you very much to Mary Lawlor for her answers, and to Ed Donovan, Special Advisor to Mary Lawlor for helping set up our interview.

What has Mary's answers inspired you to do or learn more about?

Add your answers in the comments and remember to give your reasons too.

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