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While working on a case involving 14 activists, the legal representative for the New Democracy Movement Sirikan Charoensiri has been charged for concealing evidence and refusing to comply with the authorities On the night of June 26, 2015, Police officers requested to search Ms Sirikam’s car in order to seize the mobile phones of the activists for whom the lawyer was providing legal counsel. Ms Sirikam refused to comply since the [...]
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The Khon Rak Ban Kerd Group (KRBKG) a women’s group for the protection of community rights from Loei’s mining operations who has peacefully protested against dangerous mining practices have been awarded the Women’s Human Rights Defenders Honorary Certificate by the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT). From Protection International we would like to congratulate Khon Rak Kerd, partners of Protection International Thailand, on receiving this honour. KRBKG is a grassroots movement established in [...]
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Nairobi, March 4 2014-  Kenyan human rights defender Joel Ogada has faced multiple charges in several court cases. In the latest case (criminal case 41/2013), Ogada has been charged with arson and has been convicted to seven years  imprisonment, following a ruling made on 16 May 2014. Joel Ogada, a farmer in the Marereni area of Kilifi County at the Kenyan coast, denies all charges and had since appealed through 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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  BRUSSELS, 13 February 2015- Protection International has strongly condemned the killing of Chai Bunthonglek , land right activist and member of the Southern Peasant Federations of Thailand (SPFT). Mr Bunthonglek was from the Khlong Sai Pattana Community in Chaiburi District of the southern Surat Thani Province in Thailand. The Klong Sai Pattana community, and SPFT have been entangled in a struggle against a palm oil company, Thai Buoonthong Co. [...]
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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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In the report “Ivory Coast: choosing between justice and impunity”[in French] released today, FIDH, MIDH and LIDHO, its member organisations in Ivory Coast, point out that despite the renewal of the Special Investigation and Examination Unit (CSEI), judicial advances against those responsible for human rights violations during the 2010/2011 post-electoral crisis that left more than 3000 dead, remain insufficient. Among the concerns expressed in the report are : the instigation of a [...]
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The following post has been published on the blog of Hans Thoolen on Human Rights Defenders. It describes the publication of an important report on the protection and security of Human Rights Defenders. The principal audience for this report is private donors and grantmakers who provide  financial support for work that strengthens the protection and security of human rights defenders, as well as donors who are concerned about the [...]
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September 22nd, 2014 – The Permanent Secretariat of the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy (REDLAD) is sending an alert on recurrent harassment to activists and community advocates LGTBI in Honduras. According to the injunction 457-13 of the Inter-american Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), granted in favor of the Association for a Better Life (APUVIMEH): since 2009, the members of the community LGTBI have been the subject of assassination, [...]
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