Bangkok, 28 October 2014- Defamation charges against community based human rights defenders who exposed alleged human rights abuses by Tungkum Company Limited (TKL) should be dropped immediately, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said today. The Order Announcement of Mr. Surapan Rujichaiwat will be held on 29 October at 13.30 pm in the Phuket Provincial Court to rule whether or not to proceed with the case. Meanwhile [...]
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This feedback seminar was intended to bring together lessons from two field workshops with human rights defenders and diplomats in Delhi and Kinshasa. The seminar took place on 8 September 2008 in Brussels, thanks to the support of the European Commission for the meeting venue. The overall project was made possible by funding from the Network of European Foundations (NEF). The seminar gathered 18 representatives of EU Member States and Institutions, NGOs and human rights [...]
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The meeting of the sub-committee on political dialogue and co-operation between the EU and Israel represents a unique opportunity for the European Union to raise individual cases of human rights defenders at risk to the Israeli authorities. Front Line would like to draw particular attention to the restrictions on the freedom of movement of human rights defenders in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
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INTRODUCTION Human rights defenders (HRDs) are crucial actors in the struggle for political, social and economic rights. Amnesty International believes that supporting and giving legitimacy to the work of HRDs is one of the most important ways to protect and promote the human rights of everyone. Since its creation in 1961, Amnesty International has worked with or on behalf of thousands of HRDs and much of the organization’s work has [...]
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EU Council Conclusions on the implementation of the EU policy on human rights and democratisation in third countries, 2770th GENERAL AFFAIRS Council meeting, Brussels The Council adopted the following conclusions: “1. The Council has continued to implement the EU policy on human rights and democratisation in third countries. Human rights remain a priority field in the Council’s actions and human rights and democratisation will be kept on the agenda of [...]
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First of all, we would like to bring to your attention the increasingly difficult context in which Human Rights organizations are operating worldwide. On the one hand, as Hina Jilani, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Human Rights Defenders, has been highlighting in most of her reports since 2001, the effect of 9/11 and other similar events around the world has drastically changed the terms of reference in international [...]
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The summary analysis and recommendations draw on submissions by partners and on responses received from EU Heads of Mission in 79 countries to a questionnaire and in particular examples of good practices given therein. They build on the useful lessons learned from the Freedom of Expression campaign in the second half of 2005, including on raising awareness, visibility and type of action, and incorporating local, NGO and HRDs’ own expertise. [...]
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The Council adopted the following conclusions: 1. The Council pays tribute to the courage of human rights defenders and expresses its sincere admiration for the invaluable contribution they make to advancing respect for human rights worldwide. The Council expresses its concern about the ongoing threats and attacks and strongly condemns killings of human rights defenders, as documented in the latest report by the UN Special Representative on human rights defenders. [...]
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Kofi Annan could have been talking specifically about the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where the human rights defenders (HRDs) who are crucial to promoting greater respect for human rights are constantly under attack. So what is the European Union (EU) doing to protect human rights defenders as part of its policy in the DRC? And is the EU, including its member states, implementing its policy Ensuring Protection – European [...]
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This particular tool can be used by embassies and EU missions to identify the context of Human Rights instruments when a protection problem arises, to identify which kind of action can be implemented by diplomats, how local and international Human Rights NGOs can react and what should be expected from the authorities of the State of accreditation as well as from armed opposition groups. It can be useful for undertaking [...]
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