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BANGKOK, 23 September 2014- 21 Organisations have signed an open letter addressed to the Director General of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. The letter concerns the enforced disappearance of ethnic Karen community leader and environmental rights defender, Mr. Pholachi Rakchongcharoen, also known as ‘Billy’. Billy was last seen in the Kaeng Krachan National Park, Kaengkrachan District, Petchaburi Provincem. Mr Pholachi disappeared in April 2014. Billy had relentlessly campaigned to promote [...]
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8 September 2014. Bangkok, Thailand– Today, the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) submitted a report “human rights situation 100 days after the coup” to the Ministry of Interior. Based on over 80 complaints the report documents human rights violations related to due process, freedom of expression and the right to life while calling for an investigation by the National Council for Peace and Order. TLHR is Bangkok-based group of [...]
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Honduras, a new perspective on human rights? Since the coup d’état that took place in Honduras on June 28 2009, Peace Brigades International (PBI) has followed with growing concern the serious deterioration of the situation faced by human rights defenders in the country. In 2010, PBI received a request for international accompaniment from the Honduras Platform on Human Rights (Plataforma de Derechos Humanos de Honduras). Following this, we conducted two [...]
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El Acompañante – Estate of the situation of HRDs in Guatemala “The silence is history… now I write the history. I am an advocate!” This is our motto for 2014, as the work of women has gained relevance in the different areas of advocacy. Every day women are more involved in advocacy work and it is very important that their contribution is made visible. They are making a difference and [...]
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Who is a woman human rights defender? A mother seeking justice for her disappeared daughter. A teacher demanding decent quality public education. A maquila worker demanding livable wages. An activist fighting for LGBTI rights. An indigenous leader defending her community against illegal logging and mining. A young woman mobilizing others to decriminalize abortion. A journalist uncovering corruption involving the police and organized crime. Despite their contributions to freedom and justice, [...]
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This compilation of cases provides an overview, although far from comprehensive, of the situation of land and environmental rights defenders in danger in 2013 Land and environmental rights defenders form an heterogeneous group working in a broad range of peaceful activities, pointing out in particular adverse impact of investment projects, defending the right to live in a healthy environment, protecting natural resources and the livelihood of their communities. These defenders [...]
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Human rights defenders in South Sudan are facing increasingly grave risks in undertaking human rights monitoring and reporting, finds a new report published today by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP). The report, entitled “Change will not come until we talk about reality: The Closing Space for Human Rights Defenders in South Sudan, documents a pattern of harassment, intimidation, threats, and serious physical attacks against [...]
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Death threats and intimidation silencing human rights defenders Death threats and intimidation by armed groups and state security forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over the past year have made it extremely difficult for human rights defenders to carry out their work, Amnesty International said today. A new report “Better to die while speaking the truth”: Attacks against human rights defenders in North Kivu, DRC details the heightened clampdown [...]
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This report by the American Bar Association, Georgetown Human Rights Institute, and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, entitled “Tilted Scales: Social Conflict and Criminal Justice in Guatemala” describes how human rights defenders, civil society organizations, and indigenous community groups in Guatemala operate in a dangerous environment where they live under constant threat. Guatemala has made progress in the last decade addressing the legacy of thirty-six years of internal [...]
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Sixty-eighth session Item 69 (b) of the provisional agenda Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms 5 August 2013   The present report is the sixth and last report submitted by the current Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders to the General Assembly, in accordance with Assembly resolution 66/164 and Human [...]
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