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In this section, you will find the latest urgent appeals, emergency actions, press releases, declarations and reports related to human rights defenders and their protection throughout the world. You can also browse these news by countries here.

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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The Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand – SPFT (Southern Peasant Cooperatives) demands the Government of Thailand to cease the renewal of land concession permits  on state land which has the legal status of natural forest land suitable for farming. This land has been exploited by major palm oil firms for the last 30 years. In their struggle for justice, more than ten human rights defenders, were murdered. The government has not pursued justice in [...]
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Justin Bahirwe, Protection International partner in DRC, is featured on the campaign '10 Profiles of Human Rights Defenders against Torture' by the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) ahead of the United Nations Human Rights day next 10 December. Alongside his job as a lawyer trying to reduce Congolese’s exposure to the pervasive risk of torture, Justin Bahirwe's SOS-IJM also runs a service for human rights defenders at risk, together with [...]
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The Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) has recently received the shocking news of the arrest of 36 Human rights Defenders (HRDs) and the confiscation of Computer and other devices belonging to Tanzanian Civil Society Consortium on Election Observation (TACCEO).   TACCEO and the Legal and Human Rights Center (LHRC) were granted official permission by the National Election Commission (NEC) to observe Elections Campaigns and National Election all over the country.   [...]
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  On Saturday, 26 September 2015, two environmental activists have been attacked in Selok Awar Awar Village, Lumajang Regency, East Java Province, Indonesia. Mr. Salim and Mr. Tosan, who are also local peasants, were attacked by around 40 thugs riding motorcycles. The attack resulted with the murder of Salim, who has been tortured and stoned to death.   According to the following report by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) [...]
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  According to a report by the Community Media Center for Social Justice, Thai military forces are performing acts of surveillance and intimidation of community based Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and villagers opposing the implementation of the Asia Pacific Potash Corporation’s (APPC) Potash mining project in Udonthani.   On September 15th, the military harassed members of the Udon Thani Environmental Conservation Group (Anurak Udontnai), who travelled from their villages to [...]
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On 28 August, in Khaoluang Sub-district, Wangsaphung District, Loei Province, a mining concession renewal was discussed in the run-up to a Sub-district Administrative Council meeting.   Despite having been invited to participate in the Council meeting, villagers of Khaoluang Sub-district and community-based Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) faced numerous obstacles in their efforts to exercise and publicly claim their human rights.   Nonetheless, outside the Office, people successfully carried signs stating their name and their cyanide intoxication [...]
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Bangkok, Thailand – Protection International (PI) expresses its concern for the security of community-based human rights defender Ms. Waewrin Buangern, coordinator of the Rak Ban Haeng conservation group based in Lampang province working to protect the local environment and natural resources of local communities.   On 19th August, Ms. Buangern, who works closely with PI, reported to local authorities that police officers in street clothes continue to hold her home under surveillance.   This new episode of intimidation [...]
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According to a previous report by the Central Papuan Highlands Coalition for Peace Law and Human Rights (Koalisi untuk Kedamaian, Hukum dan HAM Pegunungan Tengah Papua), in the Eastern Indonesian region of Papua there has been a rise in cases of intimidation and harassment against Human Rights Defenders and lawyers during the year of 2015.   This concerning data has been confirmed by Papuans Behind Bars, an online resource about [...]
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