Akhmuhammet Baynahov has been subjected to a raft of human rights violations on account of his perceived opposition to the Turkmenistan State in 2003. He was banned from leaving the country for 5 years. After his house was demolished without providing any compensation by the Turkmen Government in 2013. Akhmuhammet escaped from Turkmenistan and sought … Continue reading Turkmen writer and activist, Akmuhammet Bayhanov, in Fête de la Music in Berlin
On the 6th to 29 of March 2017, six countries were subject to review by the HR Committee in its 119 Session. We present below a brief overview of concerns and recommendations on human rights defenders provided by the Human Rights Committee. Bangladesh (7 recommendations) Freedom of opinion expression and association The Committee is extremely … Continue reading A brief overview of Concluding Observations’ recommendations adopted by the UN Human Rights Committee in regards to Human Rights Defenders in Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Serbia, Thailand and Turkmenistan
Needless to say, Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) have a key role in the protection and promotion of human rights. Notwithstanding their irreplaceable and indispensable function in pushing for an effective protection of the most elemental rights, however, it has been an undisputable fact that they often are the most targeted groups by governments and vulnerable, … Continue reading The Broader Context of the Problematique Human Rights Defenders are Encountering in Latin-America and the Caribbean countries
As more than 5000 alleged drug dealers have been killed in the Philippines in under a year, mostly from the lower classes, one has to wonder if President Roberto Duterte’s bloody campaign is truly a war on drugs or rather, a war on the poor? During a recent podium discussion about the human rights violations … Continue reading A ‘War on drugs’ or a War on the Poor?
As we celebrate the liberation and achievement of women worldwide on International Women’s Day, the Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur reminds us of the gender disparities women human rights defenders continue to face at the frontlines.
Many had a genuine hope and pervasive expectation that the newly crowned regime under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte would become a highly reinvigorated political reformation, and as an institutional breakthrough in tackling the ‘much-said about’ challenges, inter alia; the ceaseless armed conflict, the massive human rights violations, the tenacity of injustice, the burgeoning … Continue reading The recent killing of Filipino HRD’s and death threats to their families and other HRDS!
On the occasion of International human rights day on the 10th of December 2016, Human Rights Matter (HRM) stands up for the rights of political prisoners and imprisoned human rights defenders in the Philippines. Human Rights Matter is seriously concerned and alarmed to hear about the death of the detained political prisoner Bernabe Ocasla, who … Continue reading A call to the President urging to be abided by his own self declared promises: Release all political prisoners and imprisoned human rights defenders!!
Human Rights Matter (HRM) is deeply distraught by the outrageous attack and KILLING of innocent FARMERS AND Lumad indigenous people IN KIDAPAWAN, NORTH COTABATO by the PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE. Notwithstanding the persistently ongoing repression and tyrannical killings, assaults, forced disappearances and other inhuman treatments against FARMERS, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES and against human rights defenders and … Continue reading Human Rights Matter Statement to the Kidapawan Massacre
Our deepest condolences goes to the people in Brussels who have been victims of recent attacks. Let us also not forget all those who throughout the world are also victims of such attacks and violence, as no life is more important than any other. As Human Rights Matter celebrated in Pangea- Haus the beginning of … Continue reading Pangea-Haus’ Anti-Racism Day-Refugees Welcome: Organized system or Luck?
Instead of following our previous blog piece reporting on the second day of events at the past attended Logan Symposium: Challenge Power! we have decided to wait and let it all marinate and sink in. We wanted to share with our readers a more in-depth/intimate dialogue, lessons learnt and our personal reflections on how technology and … Continue reading Reflections After CIJ Logan Symposium: Challenge Power!