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The Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand – SPFT (Southern Peasant Cooperatives) demands the Government of Thailand to cease the renewal of land concession permits  on state land which has the legal status of natural forest land suitable for farming. This land has been exploited by major palm oil firms for the last 30 years. In their struggle for justice, more than ten human rights defenders, were murdered. The government has not pursued justice in [...]
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    On June 9th the Asian Legal Resource Centre, issued a written statement to the UN Human Rights Council, urging to take action against the constant violation of freedom of assembly and association in Indonesia. Protection International who is working in partnership with the Commission for Disappearances and Victims of Violence  (KontraS) and The Indonesian Forum for Environment (Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia,WALHI), two organizations mentioned in the submission, is concerned of the situation and [...]
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) today concluded an onsite visit to Honduras, which took place December 1-5, 2014, for the purpose of monitoring the general human rights situation in the country. The delegation was led by the Chair of the IACHR, Tracy Robinson; the First Vice-Chair, Rose-Marie Belle Antoine; and Commissioners José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez, Rosa María Ortiz, Paulo Vannuchi, and James Cavallaro. Other [...]
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Enhancing cooperation between the European Parliament and EU National Parliaments on EU Human Rights Policy The Lisbon Treaty has rung in a new era of democratic and human rights governance. In an attempt to redress concerns about the EU’s alleged democratic deficit and inability to speak with one voice on cross-cutting issues of human rights, both the empowered European Parliament (EP) and national parliaments (NPs) are meant to ‘contribute actively [...]
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United Nations General Assembly A/HRC/25/55 23 December 2013 Human Rights Council 
 Twenty-fifth session Agenda item 3 Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, 
 political, economic, social and cultural rights, 
 including the right to development   In the present report, submitted pursuant to Council resolutions 7/8 and 16/5, the Special Rapporteur provides an account of her activities during the reporting year and draws the attention of Member [...]
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Madam President,  Madam the Special Rapporteur for Human Rights Defenders,  Madam and Sir Commissioners,  Madam and Sir Delegates,  The OMCT and the FIDH, in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, reiterate their deep concern about the situation of human rights defenders in Africa. Since the last session of the Commission in April 2013, the Observatory has reported, with great concern, multiple violations of human [...]
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In a resolution (A/HRC/24/L.24) on civil society space: creating and maintaining, in law and in practice, a safe and enabling environment, the Council decided to organize, at its twenty-fifth session, a panel discussion on the importance of the promotion and protection of civil society space, and invited the Office of the High Commissioner to liaise with States, relevant United Nations bodies and agencies, relevant special procedures, civil society and other [...]
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United Nations General Assembly A/HRC/24/NGO/39– as submitted – official version to be published by OHCHR Human Rights Council Twenty-fourth session Agenda item 5 Human rights bodies and mechanisms Joint written statement submitted by International Service for Human Rights, Action Canada for Population  and Development, Amnesty International, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS) [...]
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In promoting and protecting freedom of religion or belief, the EU is guided by the universality, indivisibility, inter-relatedness and interdependence of all human rights, whether civil, political, economic, social or cultural. With these Guidelines, the EU reaffirms its determination to promote, in its external human rights policy, freedom of religion or belief as a right to be exercised by everyone everywhere, based on the principles of equality, non-discrimination and universality. [...]
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