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UZBEKISTAN: Yesterday, one of the world’s longest imprisoned journalists, Muhammad Bekjanov (left), was released.

Newspaper Editor Freed After Being Held for 18 Years

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BELARUS REPORT BY CIVIL RIGHTS DEFENDERS: Dictatorship No More? EU Sanctions Lifted at the Expense of Civil and Political Rights in Belarus

One year ago, the EU lifted sanctions against Belarus. The sanctions were imposed in response to human rights violations perpetrated by the Belarusian regime, but were lifted without any improvements to the human rights situation. On the one year...
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Dictatorship No More? EU Sanctions Lifted at the Expense of Civil and Political Rights in Belarus.

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SERBIA UPDATE: Human Rights Defenders School Now in its Third Year Kicks Off in Serbia

“The Human Rights School was launched as we want to look to the future in Serbia and come up with sustainable solutions to the human rights issues that affect our country. Our aim is to create a new generation of well trained, skilled human rights defenders, who will protect and promote human rights in the...
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CAMBODIA STATEMENT:"Drop Farcical Investigation of Two Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia"

In a joint statement, Civil Rights Defenders, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists call on the Cambodian authorities to immediately drop the politically motivated criminal investigation against two human rights defenders, Am Sam-at and Chan Puthisak....
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Drop Farcical Investigation of Two Human Rights Defenders

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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: We are seeking an intern for the ground breaking Natalia Project at the Support for Human Rights Defenders at Risk Department. The internship will be based at our Head Office in Stockholm - Closing date for applications 14 February 2017. #CRD

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Civil Rights Defenders invites you to a seminar on the human rights situation in Turkey. Over the past year the human rights situation has greatly deteriorated in Turkey. The Kurdish Peace Process has all but collapsed, media outlets have been shut down and Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan ha...

SEMINAR: TURKEY – A LANDSCAPE OF POLITICAL OPPRESSION, PERSECUTION AND FEAR

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Andreína Calleja from Un Mundo Sin Mordaza, a partner organisation of Civil Rights Defenders, explains why culture and art is important in the fight for freedom of expression in Venezuela today. ”It is a way to promote human rights in a non-political way”, said Andreína Calleja. Visit their Facebook page at [ Facebook.com Link ].
BREAKING NEWS AZERBAIJAN: Show Trial Ends with Harsh Sentences for Islamic Activists

“The verdict was unlawful and unjustified,” wrote Yalchin Imanov, a lawyer for the defense, in an email interview with Civil Rights Defenders. “This verdict is not in agreement with the constitution, legal code, or criminal or other laws of the Azerbaijani Republic. The decision of the court was based on...
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KYRGYZSTAN UPDATE: Failure to Honour International Commitments as Askarov Sentence Upheld

“We condemn today’s ruling in Azimjon Askarov case and urge President Atambayev to comply with Kyrgyzstan’s international human rights commitments under a number of UN treaties and deliver his promise to free Askarov”, said Joanna Kurosz, Programme Director for Eurasia Department at Civil Rights Defenders.

Failure to Honour International Commitments as Azimjon Askarov Sentence Upheld

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SEMINAR: TURKEY – A LANDSCAPE OF POLITICAL OPPRESSION, PERSECUTION AND FEAR.

Civil Rights Defenders invites you to a seminar on the human rights situation in Turkey. Over the past year the human rights situation has greatly deteriorated in Turkey. The Kurdish Peace Process has all but collapsed, media outlets have been shut down and Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has engaged in the...
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SEMINAR: TURKEY – A LANDSCAPE OF POLITICAL OPPRESSION, PERSECUTION AND FEAR

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KYRGYZSTAN UPDATE: Kyrgyzstan Must Free Human Rights Defender Azimjon Askarov

Four years ago, during two media appearances in Berlin and Bishkek, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev publicly stated that he had no interest in keeping an innocent man in jail. The man Atambayev spoke about– first during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and then with Kyrgyz media– is...
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Kyrgyzstan Must Free Human Rights Defender Azimjon Askarov

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BREAKING NEWS SERBIA: Human Rights Defenders Attacked by Members of the Ruling Party in Serbia

Civil Rights Defenders condemns the recent attack against several human rights defenders from the Youth Initiative of Human Rights (YIHR) of Serbia, a long time partner of Civil Rights Defenders and demands that swift legal action be taken in bringing the perpetrators to justice. Please show your...
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CIVIL RIGHTS DEFENDERS is pleased to announce human rights defender EDMUND YAKANI from South Sudan as recipient of the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award 2017.

Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award 2017

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BREAKING NEWS SERBIA: Human Rights Defenders Attacked by Members of the Ruling Party in Serbia

Civil Rights Defenders condemns the recent attack against several human rights defenders from the Youth Initiative of Human Rights (YIHR) of Serbia, a long time partner of Civil Rights Defenders and demands that swift legal action be taken in bringing the perpetrators to justice. Please show your...
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SERBIA INTERVIEW: Smokescreen or Reality; Protecting the LGBT Community in Serbia.

In 2016 Boban Stojanovic and his partner Adam Puskar two leading figures of the Belgrade Pride Organisation and LGBT activists were forced into exile to Canada fearing for their lives and safety. After years of combatting hate speech and fighting for the rights of the LGBT community in Serbia and further afield...
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Smokescreen or Reality; Protecting the LGBT Community in Serbia

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80 DAYS DETAINED: Me Nam/Mother Mushroom was the 2015 winner of the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award, nominated and selected for her courage to speak out against inequalities and human rights abuses in Vietnam. Today marks 80 days since she was arbitrarily detained for the very same actions. Civil Rights Defenders asks the international community to speak up and campaign for her...
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VIETNAM UPDATE: "Two Vietnamese Activists Receive Lengthy Sentences for Peaceful Advocacy"

"This verdict epitomises Vietnam’s relentless attempts to silence those who use peaceful means to express ideas that are not in line with official positions. The fact that Trần Anh Kim and Lê Thanh Tùng were convicted solely on the purpose of intending to set up an organisation adds to this injustice”,...
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Two Vietnamese Activists Receive Lengthy Sentences for Peaceful Advocacy

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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: We are seeking an intern for Natalia Project at the Support for Human Rights Defenders at Risk Department.The internship will be based at our Head Office in Stockholm - Closing date for applications 10 February 2017

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LAOS STATEMENT: Civil Society Demands to Know: “Where is Sombath Somphone?”

On the fourth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, Civil Rights Defenders and 131 undersigned organisations in a statement have urged the authorities to immediately act in conducting an effective investigation with a view to determining his fate or...
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Civil Society Demands to Know: “Where is Sombath Somphone?”

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