HRDs being interviewed by journalists


UPCOMING EVENT: For Those Who Died Trying – Protection International, Frank Horvat & MIVOS Quartet | 6 August | Toronto

13 July 2018

Brussels, 16 July 2018

For Those Who Died Trying

Protection International announces For Those Who Died Trying, Mivos Quartet’s world premiere concert in Toronto of the Canadian composer Frank Horvat‘s compositions inspired by the homonymous photo exhibition, by British photographer Luke Duggleby.

Monday 6 August | 5:00 pm

Gathering Hall Mount Pleasant Cemetery

375 Mount Pleasant Rd. Toronto, Canada

FREE Admission

“This music is not intended to be purely melancholic but have a tinge of defiance so the memory of these heroes lives on and will hopefully spur listeners to find their inner activist and fight for what they feel is important in this world”

Frank Horvat, composer

For Those Who Died Trying presents photographs of 37 murdered or abducted human rights defenders in Thailand by placing a portrait of the victim (following a Buddhist tradition), when possible at the exact place where they were murdered or went missing.  It looks to remember those who died defending human rights and protecting the environment and to help make it harder for the perpetrators to remain under the radar and continue this cycle of violence.  

Listen to the radio interview (29:20) by Bee Pranom from Protection International and composer Frank Horvat on Canadian Radio CIUT 89.5 FM on Friday 3 August at 11:30 am Toronto time, to talk about Mivos Quartet‘s world premiere concert For Those Who Died Trying, taking place on Monday 6 August at 5:00 pm in the Gathering Hall Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, Canada.

“It is vital, for the victims and the families, that their fight and their death should not be forgotten and left unrecognized” 

Luke Duggleby,  photographer

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Watch Luke’s documentary on Thailand HRDs

(with English subtitles)

In the last 20 years, more than 59 Thai environmental activists and Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) have been murdered or have been abducted. Across the country, villagers who have simply been trying to protect their homes and their communities have been abducted or shot dead. Very few charges have ever been laid against the perpetrators of any of these crimes. Enforced disappearance is still a reality in modern Thai society. Recognizing those who died trying as HRDs and a better administration of justice are critical steps to end these killings.