Celebrate Edmund Yakani – Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award Winner 2017 – with us at Kägelbanan, Södra teatern on 4 April. Music will be performed by Sousou & Maher Cissoko | RSVP required – find all details in the link below.

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CIVIL RIGHTS DEFENDERS
03/23/2017 at 10:10. Facebook
BELARUS UPDATE: Human rights defenders in Belarus speak out against renewed repression

“On March 25, we celebrate Freedom Day in Belarus - this will be an important date. If they will continue detaining people, the country cleary goes in the wrong direction again,” Leonid Sudalenka, Legal Initiative, Belarus. #LegalInitiative

”It seems like the authorities decided to go back from “soft...
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03/21/2017 at 11:16. Facebook
BELARUS UPDATE: Human rights defenders in Belarus speak out against renewed repression.

”Undoubtedly, in connection with the recent events in March, we can see the deterioration of the human rights situation concerning peaceful assemblies in Belarus”, Serghei Ustinov, Legal Initiative in Minsk, Belarus. #LegalInitiative

”Belarusian authorities flagrantly violate citizens’ right to peaceful...
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03/20/2017 at 14:27. Facebook
WESTERN BALKANS UPDATE: “In its eleven year history, more than 1000 students have had the chance to participate in the annual Moot Court Competition where they get the opportunity to present a case in a real court setting, so that they can gain first hand experiences that will help them in their future careers as human rights lawyers”, said Goran Miletic, Director for Europe at Civil Rights...
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Team Iustitia from Serbia Winners of 2017 Regional Moot Court Competition

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WESTERN BALKANS UPDATE: Fourth Rule of Law Forum for South East Europe kicks off in Tirana focusing on Freedom of Expression

“The biggest expectation lies with those who practice law whether they are a judges, prosecutors, attorneys or legal experts working with human rights organisations. [We] are not free from the obligation to push for full implementation of human rights standards” said...
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Regional Rule of Law Forum for South East Europe Focuses on Freedom of Expression

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RUSSIA UPDATE: Justice for Human Rights Defenders at European Court of Human Rights. "The kidnapping and beating of our Russian colleague illustrates the impunity for the perpetrators of grave abuses in the North Caucasus and the situation of human rights defenders", said Joanna Kurosz, Eurasia Programme Director at Civil Rights Defenders.

Russian Special Forces Found Guilty of Kidnapping and Beating Chairman of Memorial Human Right Center

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BREAKING NEWS BELARUS: Civil Rights Defenders is deeply concerned by the recent actions of the Belarusian authorities to harass and detain journalists, human rights defenders and members of the political opposition for their participation in peaceful protests. The government of Belarus must immediately stop these actions and respect the rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression...
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Stop The Harassment of Human Rights Defenders In Belarus

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BELARUS UPDATE: Journalists and protesters detained today at demonstrations across Belarus. [ Spring96.org Link ] #humanrights #belarus

Protesters, journalists detained across Belarus

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At a time when several countries adopt new draconian laws that strike at the very core of fundamental human rights and freedoms, when there is a deepening polarisation in the world and nationalism is growing, those on the ground who dare to speak up often do so at great personal risk.

The renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders is important...
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#HRC34 | The vital importance of renewing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

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CUBA UPDATE: José Daniel Ferrer, Chief Coordinator of the Cuban civil rights organisation UNPACU, was arbitrarily detained by Cuban authorities on March 8th. The state representatives severely damaged the headquarters of UNPACU and the homes of several staff members. 10 human rights defenders were arrested in the raid.

"Civil Rights Defenders strongly condemns the arrests. We expect nothing...
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BREAKING NEWS AZERBAIJAN:

Civil Rights Defenders calls upon the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately release Mehman Huseynov, a prominent blogger and Chairperson of the press freedom organization, the Institute for Reporters Freedom and Safety, who was sentenced to two years imprisonment on spurious charges of defamation. Please share and show your support #MehmanHuseynov. Photo courtesy...
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Journalist Mehman Huseynov Sentenced to Two Years on Fabricated Charges

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AZERBAIJAN STATEMENT:

Civil Rights Defenders and a coalition of 20 leading civil society organisations call on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a prominent international coalition, to suspend Azerbaijan’s membership for failing to carry out reforms, especially when it comes to eliminating key areas of oppression against civil society groups.

No Progress on Key Reforms: Transparency Group Should Suspend Azerbaijan’s Membership

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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

Internships

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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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