Turkmen writer and activist, Akmuhammet Bayhanov, in Fête de la Music in Berlin

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

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

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

The Broader Context of the Problematique Human Rights Defenders are Encountering in Latin-America and the Caribbean countries

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

The Situation of Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines

My name is Inga Jäkel, I want to share my experiences in the Philippines. Between January - December 2014, I lived and worked in various areas of the “Country with the 7.107 islands”. I was there with a German NGO called IPON (International Peace Observer Network) that cooperates with Human Rights Defenders (HRD), such as Human Rights organizations and individual persons in the Philippines. The main field of work is to show presence as an international observer, to accompany HRDs, to observe and to inform the public. We have two teams in the Philippines, situated in Mindanao, Malaybalay and Negros Island, Bacolod. Both teams work with different HRDs, however the situation the HRDs are facing is virtually identical in most cases.

GLBT PROTEST AT EUROPEAN UNION HUMAN RIGHTS SEMINAR IN SINGAPORE: Menschenrechtsaktivismus in Singapur

Von:Laura-Kathrin Behlich Die Delegation der Europäischen Union nach Singapur hat am  04. Dezember 2014 ein Seminar zum Thema "Die Rolle der Gerichtsbarkeit in der Stärkung und dem Schutz der Menschenrechte" abgehalten. Es überrascht in diesem Zusammenhang, dass die Sprecher nicht vorab einer genaueren Auswahl unterzogen werden. Insbesondere geht es hier um Frau Dr. Thio Li-Ann, … Continue reading GLBT PROTEST AT EUROPEAN UNION HUMAN RIGHTS SEMINAR IN SINGAPORE: Menschenrechtsaktivismus in Singapur

GLBT PROTEST AT EUROPEAN UNION HUMAN RIGHTS SEMINAR IN SINGAPORE

By: Cheryl Leong Should European Union diplomats be held to the same standards of human rights advocacy overseas?  On December 4th The Delegation of The European Union of Singapore organized a human rights seminar. This seminar was entitled “The Role of Judiciary in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights”. It was to the horror of … Continue reading GLBT PROTEST AT EUROPEAN UNION HUMAN RIGHTS SEMINAR IN SINGAPORE

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS DAY – Philippines: Zara Alvarez continues her work in spite of incarceration and threats

Human Rights violation against HRD’s Besides facing enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings, Human rights defenders in the Philippines face constant threats, intimidation, unlawful arrest and detention. Many HRD’s are branded as leftist communists belonging to the New People’s Army, but more often than not they are just branded as common criminals capable of committing heinous crimes. Often HRDs also become victims of prolonged litigation procedures.

Media Killings Continue in the Philippines

By Nonoy Espina It is to be expected that when President Benigno Aquino III visits Europe, he will boast of his administration’s great strides in ridding the Philippines of corruption, resuscitating its economy, establishing peace in the troubled south, and uplifting the lives of the people. What will be left unsaid or, at best, glossed … Continue reading Media Killings Continue in the Philippines