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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.

  Burundi – On August 3rd Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, President of the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH) and prominent Burundian Human Rights Defender, has been shot in the neck and seriously wounded.   Protection International expresses its support for Mr. Mbonimpa and firmly condemns the assassination attempt.     For more info on the incident, please read the following statement issued by Human Rights [...]
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      On 10 July 2015, Members of the European Parliament voted in favour of a resolution calling for, amongst other things, the immediate and unconditional release of Congolese activists, Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala.   The two men were arrested on 15 March 2015 during a pro-democracy youth workshop in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. They had been seeking to establish a platform “Filimbi” to [...]
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  The 11th of June, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) issued its third consecutive written submission to the UN Human Rights Council about the situation of human rights in Indonesia. This time ALRC expressed its concern on the abuses originated over the country by land grabbing. This phenomenon is heavily affecting Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) working on lands rights, who are often victims to arbitrary arrest, detention, intimidation, and fabricated charges. In [...]
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  Just a day after its first submission on Indonesia, on the 10th of June, the Asian Legal Resource Centre issued another statement to the UN Human Rights Council, focusing on the freedom of expression in the country. As reported by the Commission for Disappearances and Victims of Violence (KontraS), an indonesian NGO operating in partnership with Protection International, violations against this right significantly affect journalists, activists, Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and their [...]
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    On June 9th the Asian Legal Resource Centre, issued a written statement to the UN Human Rights Council, urging to take action against the constant violation of freedom of assembly and association in Indonesia. Protection International who is working in partnership with the Commission for Disappearances and Victims of Violence  (KontraS) and The Indonesian Forum for Environment (Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia,WALHI), two organizations mentioned in the submission, is concerned of the situation and [...]
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Urgent Alert: Military orders eviction Premsub community, members of The Southern peasants Federation of Thailand   BANGKOK, 18 March 2015 – According to the Southern Peasant Federation of Thailand, on 16 March 2015, around 11. 30 AM, a soldier from Vibhavadirangsit Army Camp and Chaiburi District, Volunteer Defense Corps lead by Second Lieutenant Thithikan Vejsit altogether 40-50 personnel came to Permsub Community.   They came with the order letter signed by Suratthani [...]
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On March 11, Forum ASIA along with the FIDH and the OMCT within the framework of the Observatory on the protection of human rights defenders, reiterated their call to the Government of Thailand to investigate on the murder of Mr. Chai Bunthonglek in Klong Sai Pattana, Suranthhani Province, Thailand.   Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha Office of the Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister Office Government House, 1 Pissanulok Road Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand [...]
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PRESS STATEMENT UN OHCHR   BANGKOK (11 March 2015) -The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR) is concerned that the rights of poor communities in maintaining access to land and livelihood are not being upheld and urges the Government to comply with its international human rights obligations in pursuing its land polices.   OHCHR is particularly concerned that the push of the National Council of Peace [...]
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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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