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TAJIKISTAN: In advance of António Guterres upcoming trip to Tajikistan, in an open statement, we write to request that Guterres uses the visit to express concern to President Emomali Rahmon about his government’s politically motivated imprisonment of opposition activists and lawyers.
TAJIKISTAN In advance of António Guterres upcoming trip to Tajikistan in an

We Urge António Guterres to Call for the Release of Jailed Lawyers and Opposition Members

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JOINT STATEMENT BELARUS: Prominent human rights defender Siarhei Kuntsevich of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Narodnaya Hramada) has been subjected to torture while in pre-trial detention. Civil Rights Defenders calls on the General Prosecutor's Office and the Investigative Committee to conduct an impartial investigation in light of the torture report voiced by Siarhei Kuntsevich and...
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JOINT STATEMENT BELARUS Prominent human rights defender Siarhei Kuntsevich of th

White Legion case. Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights organizations

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CENTRAL ASIA STATEMENT: “We urge Secretary General António Guterres to use his first visit to the region to publicly call on each and every president in the region to put an immediate end to their governments’ repressive policies and release all our imprisoned colleagues as a first step to overturning each of the nations’ troubled human rights record,” said Joanna Kurosz, Programme Director...
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CENTRAL ASIA STATEMENT We urge Secretary General António Guterres to use his

UN’s António Guterres Must Stand Up For Human Rights in Central Asia

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TURKEY UPDATE: Prominent Turkish human rights defender and Co-Director of Hafiza Merkezi (Truth Justice Memory Centre), Murat Çelikkan was charged on 16 May under “terror organization propaganda” and sentenced by summary judgement to 18 months in prison. Civil Rights Defenders condemns the ongoing politically motivated purges against civil society and calls on the Turkish authorities to...
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TURKEY UPDATE Prominent Turkish human rights defender and CoDirector of Hafiza Merkezi

18 Months in Prison for Prominent Turkish Human Rights Defender Murat Çelikkan

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ETHIOPIA STATEMENT: Civil Rights Defenders together with 12 international civil society organisations in a letter addressed to the Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council brings to their attention the persistent and grave violations of human rights in Ethiopia and the pressing need to support the establishment of an independent, impartial and...
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ETHIOPIA STATEMENT Civil Rights Defenders together with 12 international civil s

Pervasive Human Rights Crisis in Ethiopia Must be Addressed and Investigated

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HISTORIC DECISION: The Swedish state will not appeal the decision by the Svea Court of Appeal regarding the case of the police’s registration of Roma citizens – damages will be paid to all in the illegal registry. “We are very pleased that our court process has resulted in redress and compensation for all of the people included in the ethnic registry", said the Executive Director of Civil...
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HISTORIC DECISION The Swedish state will not appeal the decision by the

Swedish State to Pay Historic Damages to the Roma Community

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URGENT UPDATE VIETNAM: Civil Rights Defenders has been informed that the family of detained blogger Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh (also known as Me Nam or “Mother Mushroom”) has been surrounded and confined by security police. Vietnam’s authorities should immediately lift this brazenly illegal measure and cease reprisals against Mother Mushroom’s family, which add to the injustice already made to the...
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URGENT UPDATE VIETNAM Civil Rights Defenders has been informed that the family

Vietnam: Cease Reprisals Against Mother Mushroom’s Family

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MOLDOVA PRIDE PARADE UPDATE: Civil Rights Defenders was in attendance at Moldova Pride Parade 2017 (21 May) to monitor events in light of homophobic comments made by Moldovan President, Igor Dodon in the run up to the Parade. The Pride event itself was the largest seen in the country's capital, Chisinau, since the historic passing of the Law Ensuring Equality in 2012. It is only the fifth...
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MOLDOVA PRIDE PARADE UPDATE Civil Rights Defenders was in attendance at Moldova
URGENT UPDATE VIETNAM: The mother of arbitrarily detained Vietnamese blogger Me Nam has issued an emergency alert as her family’s house is surrounded by more than 50 security policemen. The alley leading up to the house has been blocked and the house is under siege by the police. On her Facebook page, Me Nam’s mother writes “This behaviour of the State Police and the Police of Khanh Hoa...
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URGENT UPDATE VIETNAM The mother of arbitrarily detained Vietnamese blogger Me Nam

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MOLDOVA PRIDE WEEK UPDATE: From 16 May to 21 May 2017.
“Since the historic passing on the Law Ensuring Equality in 2012, this year’s parade scheduled for Sunday 21st will become the fifth time that an authorised solidarity march will have taken place in Chisinau.It is essential though that we do not become complacent as homophobia is a virulent problem today in Moldovan society and that is...
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MOLDOVA PRIDE WEEK UPDATE: From 16 May to 21 May 2017

Moldova Pride Week Underway – Homophobic Comments by President Causing Concern

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RUSSIA UPDATE: International Day Against Homophobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOT) Rainbow Flash mob took place in Perm, Russia on 15 May. Attended by over 30 people the event went without a hitch and was even sanctioned by the authorities.

"I am so happy to see you all here. I am especially happy to see LGBT activists in the regions of Russia standing up for their rights, as 10 years ago when we...
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RUSSIA UPDATE International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia IDAHOT Rainbo
ALMEDALEN POLITICAL WEEK: Civil Rights Defenders appeals the police’s decision to allow the Nazi organisation Nordic Resistance Movement’s to participate at the Almedalen political week at Gotland, Sweden. We demand that existing legislation is used in order to protect democratic interests, and prevent the distribution of Nazi hate propaganda.
ALMEDALEN POLITICAL WEEK Civil Rights Defenders appeals the polices decision to allow

Decision to Allow Nazi Organisation to Participate at the Almedalen Week Appealed

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VACANCY: Are you our new colleague? We are recruiting for an 11 months’ temporary position – a Programme Officer who will be responsible for managing our support to human rights defenders at risk under the Emergency Fund.
VACANCY Are you our new colleague We are recruiting for an 11

Vacancy: the Human Rights Defenders at Risk Department

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URGENT UPDATE VENEZUELA: "We are concerned about the threats that Julio Rivas continously receives throughout his daily work for human rights. If Venezuela is to have a peaceful outcome from the current crisis, the government will have to respect and protect the work of human rights defenders.” said Erik Jennische, Programme Director for Latin America at Civil Rights Defenders.
URGENT UPDATE VENEZUELA We are concerned about the threats that Julio Rivas

Venezuelan Human Rights Defender Under Serious Threat in a Landscape of Chaos

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MYANMAR STATEMENT: Civil Rights Defenders and The Swedish Burma Committee in a joint letter to Annika Ben David, Sweden’s Ambassador for Human Rights, urge that the following recommendations regarding widespread human rights violations are brought to the table in all dialogues with the Burmese Government. The trip on 22 May 2017 takes place in an atmosphere that has recently seen the country’s...
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MYANMAR STATEMENT Civil Rights Defenders and The Swedish Burma Committee in a

Letter: Sweden’s Ambassador for Human Rights Must Raise Violations in Upcoming Visit to Myanmar

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MYANMAR UPDATE: “Interfaith activists in Mandalay operate amid a climate of severe hostility and fear, facing parallel forms of harassment and discrimination from both state and non-state actors,” says Shaivalini Parmar, Myanmar Programme Officer at Civil Rights Defenders.
MYANMAR UPDATE Interfaith activists in Mandalay operate amid a climate of severe

‘We must protect our country’: extremist Buddhists target Mandalay’s Muslims

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UPDATE CAMBODIA: “Does a parent beat their children, cause undue pain and suffering and cast them out without a thought. I feel like we are dying while we are breathing. Imagine how you would feel if your family were sick and there is nothing you can do to help them. This is my motivation, I have seen my family, my community torn apart and must stand on the frontline to attain justice”. #CRD...
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UPDATE CAMBODIA Does a parent beat their children cause undue pain and

A Community Decimated in Cambodia – First Hand Account

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NEW REPORT: On the weekend of March 25 – 26, a wave of peaceful protests took place across Belarus. The demonstrations stem from the introduction of the Presidential Decree on the “Prevention of Social Dependence” that penalises unemployed persons through the levying of taxes. The protests has seen hundreds of journalists, civil society activists and political dissidents arrested and detained....
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NEW REPORT On the weekend of March 25 26 a wave of

Spotlight on Belarus – On the Ground During the Protests

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SERBIA UPDATE: "The aim of the school is for the participants to get an holistic view of the challenges faced by the community and to develop skill sets with the goal of empowering and advocating for a new generation of LGBT activists in Serbia" said #CRD.
SERBIA UPDATE The aim of the school is for the participants to

First Generation LGBT+ Activism School to Take Place in Serbia

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