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HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AT RISK

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2014/08/27

The Indignados movement (or 15M, as it is called in Spain) was born in May 2011, when, in the wake of the economic crisis in the country and major disruptions to social and economic welfare, a demonstration in Plaza de Sol in Madrid developed into a...

2014/08/27

On 26 August, 2014, the authorities of Burma dropped charges against fifty journalists previously accused of peaceful protest arising from a gathering on 12 July, 2014.

2014/08/26

On 19 August 2014, the indigenous peoples's woman human rights defender Ms Silvia Perez Yescas had just returned to her hometown after being away for a long time, when she was informed that in San José Río Manzo community there is a bounty of 100.000 pesos on...

2014/08/26

26 August 2014 marks the twelfth day for the hunger strike that Mr Abdelkhalik Elmarkhi started on 14 August 2014 to protest the poor conditions, denial to facilities, and continued detention...

2014/08/26

The undersigned representatives of international human rights organizations write to urge the Bahrain government to comply with its international treaty obligations to provide victims of torture with physical and psychological rehabilitation.

(Photo: Reuters)
2014/08/26

Human rights defender Ms Irom Chanu Sharmila, campaigner against Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) was arrested in Imphal on 22 August, 2014, on charges of attempted suicide.

2014/08/25

For two weeks now, human rights defender Mr Juan Pablo Gutierrez Gonzalez from the Organización Nacional Indigena de Colombia – ONIC has been persistently receiving death threats through phone calls, text messages and a note.

2014/08/25

On 24 August 2014, human rights defender Mr Abdulhadi Al- Khawaja declared that he was starting an open hunger strike to protest the continuation of his arbitrary arrest and detention.

Moshrefa Mishu addressing supporters
2014/08/21

On 20 August 2014, human rights defenders Ms Moshrefa Mishu and Ms Jesmin Jui were temporarily detained. Ms Moshrefa Mishu is the President of the Garments Sromik Oikko, also known as the Garment Workers Unity Forum (GWUF). Ms Jesmin Jui is an...

2014/08/21

On 15 August 2014, three Mayan Q'eqchi community leaders were shot and killed in Alta Verapaz during the protests in Semococh, Raxuhá; namely, Messrs Sebastian Rax Caal, Luciano Can Cujub and Oscar Chen Quej.