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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.

Take Action:http://action.humanrightsfirst.org/campaign/Somchai_Verdict  "We know that he is dead, as we have found some evidence… Government officials were definitely involved in this, and there were more than four, but whether the evidence will lead to punishment in court is another thing."-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra  On January 12 a Thai judge found a mid-ranking policeman guilty of coercion in the case of the disappearance of human rights lawyer Somchai Neelaphaijit. Police Major [...]
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New InformationKHM 001 / 0106 / OBS 001.3Releases on bail / Judicial proceedingsCambodiaJanuary 18, 2006 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Cambodia. New Information: The Observatory has been informed by the Cambodian Association for Development [...]
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New InformationTHA 001 / 0106 / OBS 005Sentencing / Enforced disappearanceThailandJanuary 16, 2006  The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Thailand. New Information: The Observatory has been informed by Union for Civil Liberty about the prosecution of the five [...]
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RUSSIAN FEDERATION: Outrageous accusations by the Regional Prosecutor on the eve of Mr. Stanislav Dmitrievsky’s trial  Geneva-Paris, January 16, 2006 – The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), in the framework of their joint programme, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, along with the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society (RCFS), wish to express their deep concern about the statement made by the Prosecutor [...]
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Mr. Yeng Virak

13 JANUARY 2006 / By OBSERVATORY
CAMBODIA  
New InformationKHM 001 / 0106 / OBS 001.2Release on bail / Arbitrary detention / Judicial proceedingsCambodiaJanuary 13, 2006 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Cambodia. New Information: The Observatory has been informed that Mr. Yeng Virak, Director of [...]
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Mr. Abdolfattah Soltani

13 JANUARY 2006 / By OBSERVATORY
IRAN  
New InformationIRN 002 / 0705 / OBS 055.3Arbitrary detention / Judicial proceedingsIranJanuary 13, 2006 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Iran. New information: The Observatory has been informed by the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI) that Mr. Abdolfattah Soltani, [...]
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Mr. Pa Nguon Teang

10 JANUARY 2006 / By OBSERVATORY
CAMBODIA  
New InformationKHM 001 / 0106 / OBS 001.1Arbitrary detention / Judicial proceedingsCambodiaJanuary 10, 2006 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Cambodia. New information: The observatory has been informed of the arrest of Mr. Pa Nguon Teang, Deputy Director of the Cambodian Centre for [...]
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Somchai abduction trial : Justice granted or justice denied Paris – Geneva, January 9, 2006 : The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), released today a mission report on Thailand entitled Somchai abduction trial : Justice granted or justice denied (See http://www.omct.org/pdf/observatory/2006/report/thailande_obs_omct_437-2eng_090106.pdf and http://www.fidh.org/article.php3?id_article=2960). Mr. Somchai Neelpaphaijit, a Thai lawyer [...]
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Open letter to Mr. Woldegiorgis Girma,President of the Republic of EthiopiaGeneva-Paris, January 5, 2005.Re : Arbitrary detentions of human rights defenders, and fear for their safety Mr. President, The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), in the framework of their joint programme, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, wish to express their deep concern regarding the continuing detention of several [...]
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