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The trend towards criminalising environmental protests [extract] The armed conflict in Guatemala was marked by the closing of democratic space s and the open repression against people demanding their economic, social and cultural rights. With the signing of the peace agreements in 1996 the possibility to express and make demands openly was recognised as a citizen’s right. Nevertheless, serious cases of the criminalisation of social protest through judicial procedures against social and popular leaders have been reported. According to the lawyer Edgar Pérez, this criminalisation usually [...]
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Fear and Intimidation [Extract] On September 7th Amnesty International (AI) published a special report about the dangers associated with Human Rights related work in Colombia entitled “Fear and Intimidation” (…). AI´s recommendations are aimed at gaining public recognition of human rights defenders’ work, impeding their arbitrary arrests, and fighting against impunity. Peace Brigades International Colombia supports these recommendations and shares Amnesty International’s concern for the climate of intimidation in which [...]
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The guide is aimed at monitoring state-sponsored violence in Africa and, in particular, what we call “informal repression”: covert activities in which the hand of government is hidden or disguised. However, most of the skills can be used in a variety of different situations. Although it is geared to human rights activists in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, we hope it will be of use in training monitors throughout Africa and [...]
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A practical tool for anyone intending to visit a place of detention with the intention of preventing torture and ill treatment. The guide provides advice on how to monitor in a manner that enhances effectiveness and gives guidance on issues requiring special attention, such as medical services or protection measures. Moreover, it also explains clearly the different types of monitoring mechanisms and their complementary nature.
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