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On 21 July 2014, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered five prominent Russian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on the 'Foreign Agents' list.


On 17 July 2014, two women human rights defenders Ms Médiatrice Riziki and Ms Angelica Navura, who were released after being abducted for four days by an armed group in eastern DRC, were released following intense negotiations with the leader of the...

Guatemalan migrants waiting for train to US from Mexico (Photo:

Following the publication of my recent Opinion Piece in The Irish Times regarding the humanitarian crisis of undocumented children...

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On 17 July 2014, Ethiopian authorities formally charged seven human rights defenders and bloggers, including Ms Soliana Shimelis, under anti-terrorism legislation.


On 20 July 2014, the Sidi Gaber Appeal Misdemeanour Court in Alexandria upheld a sentence against Ms Mahienour El-Masry to six months' imprisonment and a fine of 50,000 Egyptian pounds (€5,000...


At 4am on 18 July 2014, human rights defender Mr Ali Idrissa was arrested at his home without an arrest warrant. He was released in the afternoon of the same day.


On this 18 July 2014, human rights defender M. Josué Bura Thenga has received a text message threatening him with death, while his colleague M. Jean Marie Dhena Diro, was called by an unknown man who also threatened him with death.

Eloisa Samy was one of those arrested and detained on 12 July 2014

On 12 July 2014, human rights defender Ms Eloisa Samy was arrested during raids carried out by the civil police force, when 19 protesters were arrested and police invaded the homes of protesters and human rights defenders.

Members of Assembly of the Poor

On the morning of 17 July 2014, human rights defender Mr Prom Jarana was arrested at his home in Pakam District by a group of Thai officials including five police officers and five soldiers. No reasons were given for his arrest.


Scores of human rights defenders, civil society activists, media and humanitarian workers remain in arbitrary detention in Syria more than a month after the government declared a general amnesty, twelve nongovernmental organizations said today. Syrian officials...