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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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On May 13th representatives of the member organizations of the UPR Platform, including the National Network of Human Rights Defenders in Honduras, published an analysis and assessment of the results of the Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights.   The UN issued 152 recommendations to the Honduran government, many of which related to the persistent situation of violence and insecurity in the country.   As stated in its report, the [...]
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Mr Samai Phakmi, a Thai human rights defender (HRD) and member of the Khon Rak Ban Kerd (KRBK) group has been sued by the mining company Tungkum Company Limited (TKL) Loei, northeastern Thailand.  The KRBK group consists of members from 6 villages in the Loei area that are affected by the gold mining operations from the gold-mining company TKL. The group strives to protect the environment and to defend natural [...]
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Reporters Without Borders condemns leading radio journalist Bob Rugurika's arbitrary detention for the past week and the charges brought against him, which include complicity in the murder of three Italian nuns last September. Rugurika is the director of Bujumbura-based Radio Publique Africaine (RPA), which is renowned for its investigative reporting and is Burundi's most popular privately-owned radio station. He was arrested on the orders of a prosecutor and taken to Bujumbura's main (...)
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Campaigners, lawyers, journalists, community leaders and trade unionists, all human rights defenders who put their lives and liberty at risk in the fight for human rights, continue to suffer intimidation, harassment and violence across Latin America and the Caribbean according to a new Amnesty International report published today. Launching on International Human Rights Defenders Day, Defending Human Rights in the Americas: Necessary, Legitimate and Dangerous gives an overview on the situation of [...]
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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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Conflicts around natural resources are globally on the increase. In many countries environmental defenders suffer severe threats and assaults. To counter these alarming developments, IUCN NL, Protection International and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will host a three day event, to be held from 8 to 10 December in The Hague. “The aim is to identify measures that will improve the safety of environmental defenders”, says Tina Lain from [...]
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On 4 November 2014, seventeen human rights defenders received a summons from the local military authorities and the homes of some defenders were raided by armed military officials and the police. It is believed that this was due to a joint statement signed by the human rights defenders denouncing the legitimacy of the military government. On 3 November 2014 twelve civil society organisations, including Human Rights and Peace Information Centre [...]
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AHRC-STM-197-2014 November 11, 2014 A Statement from the Asian Human Rights Commission The Asian Human Rights Commission is gravely concerned about the resurgence of military summons of activists and human rights defenders. According to information provided by Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, 16 activists and human rights defenders (HRDs) in northeastern Thailand have been summoned to report to the local military authorities. The summons to report came [...]
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