The Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH) is one of the country’s main human rights organizations. Its work includes seeking justice for current human rights abuses by the security forces and for “disappearances” in the 1980s, and training local human rights activists. Their brave work places them at great risk.
We thank you and the various organizations and peoples all over the worlds for responding to the Filipino people’s appeal for relief support for the victims of typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.
Amnesty International supporters worldwide today begin a 16-day global campaign challenging violence against women and girls exacerbated by increasingly militarized societies or "militarism".
With a short message from you, you hearten a Women Human Rights Defender in Mesoamerica, or you give her that boost she just needed. Your tweet gives these women and her colleagues the strength and courage to continue to speak out against human rights violators.
As an appeal hearing for land and housing rights activist YORM BOPHA will be held at Cambodia’s Supreme Court on 22 November 2013, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) reiterates its call to the Cambodian authorities for Ms. Yorm Bopha's immediate and unconditional release.
The office of human rights organization Pro-Búsqueda in San Salvador was raided on 14 November. Three staff members were held captive while important information was set on fire and computers containing sensitive information on legal cases were stolen.
On 8 November 2013, human rights defender Ms Nimalka Fernando lodged complaints of defamation against state-owned Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), following a radio programme in which she was subjected to derogatory comments.
Kazakhstan: Update – Human rights defender Ms Zinaida Mukhortova under renewed risk of psychiatric confinement
On 13 November 2013, the Appeals Board of the Karaganda regional Court heard the appeal filed by Zinaida Mukhortova's lawyers against a lower court's decision to subject the human rights defender to forced psychiatric confinement.
The Observatory has received with great concern information from reliable sources about the smear campaign and threats suffered by Ms. Nimalka Fernando, attorney-at-law, women’s rights activist and President of the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) in Sri Lanka.
On 8 November 2013, shots were fired in the air by unidentified men to intimidate members of the Khlong Sai Pattana community, which is affiliated with the Southern Peasants' Federation of Thailand (SPFT).
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment against Ms. Lena Hendry, Programme Coordinator of the human rights NGO Pusat KOMAS, in relation to the organisation of a private screening of the documentary film called “No Fire Zone, the Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” on allegations of war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the civil war in 2009.
Egyptian cartoonist Doaa Eladl has been threatened for her popular cartoons decrying religious fundamentalism and sexual harassment.
On 13 November two activists in Sudan are due to stand trial for ‘indecent behaviour’. They are at risk of imprisonment or flogging.
Activist Yorm Bopha has lost count of the number of times she has been threatened and beaten by the authorities while peacefully protesting the forced evictions related to the high-profile land conflict at Boeng Kak Lake that has raged since 2007 over social and environmental concerns.
For the price of a movie ticket, you can support a community of 900 people in taking on the world’s largest industrial project.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, imprisoned member of punk group Pussy Riot was reportedly put into a car on the 22 October, apparently to be transferred to another penal colony. Her whereabouts remain unknown. There are serious concerns regarding her safety and wellbeing.
In the early hours of 12 June 1996, Kalpana Chakma, 23, was abducted from her home in Bangladesh, by a group of plain clothed security personnel. She has never been found.
Heavily-armed police officers surrounded the house of a Mexican woman whose brother has been disappeared since 2009. She and her family are campaigning for truth and justice and believe this intimidation is intended to deter her from organizing a march in his name.
Kazakhstan: Update – Human Rights Defender, Ms Zinaida Mukhortova, Released From Psychiatric Confinement
On 1 November 2013, human rights defender, Zinaida Mukhortova, was released from Astana Medical Centre for Psychological Health.
Kuwait: Human rights defenders Mr Abdullah Al-Rfdi, Ms Rana Al-Saadoun, and Mr Monzer Al-Habeeb on trial for allegedly 'insulting the Emir'
Human rights defenders Mr Abdullah Al-Rfdi, Ms Rana Al-Saadoun, and Mr Monzer Al-Habeeb, could face up to five years in prison on charges of 'insulting the Emir' in light of a speech they delivered in April 2013. The trial is expected to take place on 10 November 2013.
Malú García Andrade received two threatening phone calls while she was working in Mexico City, Mexico. The caller has threatened to take reprisal actions against her family.
On 7 November 2013, human rights defender Lena Hendry is due to appear at Majistret Court 6, Duta High Court Complex in Kuala Lumpur.
Colombia: Intimidation and death threats targeting human rights defenders, Martha Ceballos, Jesús Arciniegas, and Diana Montilla
Over the course of the last week human rights defenders Ms Martha Ceballos, Mr Jesús Arciniegas and Ms Diana Montilla have all received threatening messages, claiming to be from the Grupo Antirrestitución de Tierras – GAR (Anti-Land Restitution Group).
There are reports that the Colombian security forces are using excessive force against Indigenous Peoples protesting in several parts of the country, while paramilitaries directly threaten Indigenous leaders and organizations.
Human rights defender Cao Shunli, who was taken away by police on 14 September at Beijing Capital International Airport, has been arbitrarily detained. She is a prisoner of conscience and may have been subjected to enforced disappearance. Her whereabouts and legal status are unconfirmed.
During a peaceful protest on 18 October 2013, in Phnom Penh, human rights defender, Ms Tep Vanny, was assaulted by security forces from Khan Daun Penh while they attempted to confiscate demonstrators' possessions.
This morning, 22 October, China's human rights record is being examined under the Universal Periodic Review, the mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council which periodically looks at the human rights record of each UN member state.
Ana Paula is a 31-year old from Brazil who wanted to peacefully protest Russia’s plans to drill the Arctic. Now she, along with her 29 crewmates from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, is locked in a Russian jail with no release in sight.
Two residents have been threatened in the Democratic Civic Union of Neighbourhoods and Communities Neighbourhood (Colonia Unión Cívica Democrática de Barrios Colonias y Comunidades, UCIDEBAAC), Pinotepa Nacional Municipality, Oaxaca State.
The head of a Cuban human rights organization and his wife, also an activist, have received death threats from government supporters.
On the morning of 15 October 2013, the Kenyan police arrested seven members of Bunge la Mwananchi on suspicion of illegal assembly as they were protesting a 16% tax increase on commodities.
Cuba: Woman human rights defender Ms Damaris Moya Portieles physically attacked at her home and arrested
Damaris Moya Portieles is an activist and member of the Movimiento Femenino por los Derechos Civiles Rosa Parks (Rosa Parks Feminist Movement for Civil Rights) and is vice-president of the Coalición Central Opositora (Central Opposition Coalition), which works to protect the well-being of children and the elderly and has protested against unjust evictions carried out by government forces.
An appeal court in Dammam has confirmed the sentences of two women’s rights activists convicted in an unfair trial for attempting to help an abused woman. Wajeha al-Huwaider and Fawzia al-Oyouni were sentenced to 10 months in prison followed by a two-year travel ban.
On 30 September 2013, human rights defender and campesina leader Ms Adelinda Gómez Gaviria was killed in Almaguer, Cauca region.
Guatemala: Front Line Defenders Issues Public Statement Calling on the Government of Guatemala to cease persecuting civil society organisations, NGOs and human rights defenders
Throughout 2013, the Government of Guatemala has escalated a campaign to criminalise, discredit and control civil society organisations (CSOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and human rights defenders (HRDs).
On 30 September 2013, it was reported that human rights defender, Ms Cao Shunli, who had been missing since 14 September 2013, has been formally detained by police in Beijing.
Social activist Adela Gómez Martínez’s health is at risk while she is in a prison in El Amate de Cintalapa, Chiapas State, Mexico. There is fear for her safety and that the detention could be a reprisal for her activism.
Colombia: Death threats for human rights defenders Berenice Celeyta, Olga Araújo, Alfamir Castillo, Martha Giraldo
Four human rights defenders received a death threat in Cali, south-western Colombia. All four women are campaigning for justice in cases of serious human rights violations implicating members of the armed forces.
Pakistan: A female human rights defender is brutally murdered and the police attempt to pass it off as an honour killing
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a young female activist, Ms. Sahib Khatoon was allegedly brutally murdered by her husband while returning home from her job in a NGO.
Legal scholar and human rights activist Xu Zhiyong and his associates Song Ze and Li Huanjun have been formally arrested in Beijing.
Amira Osman Hamed, a Sudanese women’s rights activist, has had her trial postponed until 4 November 2013.
On 19 September 2013, human rights defender Ms Lena Hendry presented herself at the Magistrate Court in Kuala Lumpur to hear a charge filed against her under the Film Censorship Act after she organised a film screening event showing human rights violations in Sri Lanka.
We are asking for signatures in support of the Manifiesto which calls for an end to discrimination of women and girls, demands government to provide the right to safe and legal abortion, and pushes for the recognition of abortion rights within the new development agenda.
Zimbabwe – Human rights defenders Ms Jenni Williams, Magodonga Mahlangu and Taurai Nyamanhindi arrested by police during peaceful demonstration
On 19 September 2013, human rights defenders Ms Jenni Williams, Magodonga Mahlangu and Taurai Nyamanhindi were arrested by Zimbabwe Republic Police during a peaceful demonstration outside the Zimbabwean Parliament.
The anti-choice civic bill which aims to ban all abortions in case of fetal malformation will be the subject of first reading in the Polish Parliament on 26th of September.
Nothing had been done to further Sabana's case both from a legal and medical standpoint and that she continues to live in a perpetutal state of fear because of the immunity granted to her perpetrators who live less than 2 kilometers approximately 1.2 miles away from her.
On 12 September 2013 human rights defenders Berta Cáceres, Tomás Gomez and Aureliano Molina will appear in court charged with usurpation of land, coercion, and causing more than $3 million in damages to DESA, a hydroelectric dam company. Berta Cáceres is also facing separate charges of illegally carrying arms “endangering the internal security of Honduras.”
Honduras: Update – LGBT rights organisation Asociación LGTB Arcoiris targeted with break-in and theft for second time in a week
On 7 September 2013, the offices of the Asociación LGTB Arcoiris (LGBT Rainbow Association) were broken into and burgled for the second time in the space of a week following a similar incident on 1 September.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) last night arrested Kim Chatillon-Meunier, a 24-year old Canadian student, as she passed through immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for her 7:10pm flight to Hongkong.
The six laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative have called on the United States and its allies to use nonviolent measures available to resolve the conflict in Syria—rather than a military strike.
As Congress prepares to vote early next week on whether or not to take military action in Syria, we ask that you please contact your representatives today and urge them to vote no on any military intervention in Syria.
In recent days in the Dominican Republic, sexual abuse perpetrated against girls, boys and adolescents has been denounced against the ex-diplomatic representative of the Vatican in the Dominican Republic, Josef Wesolowski (recently removed from this position by Pope Francisc ), the priest Wojciech Gil (Alberto) and Juan Manuel Mota de Jesús (priest Johnny); for sexual rape, pedophilia, sexual exploitation and minor perversion.
Honduras – Killing of indigenous environmental rights defenders, Ms María Enriqueta Matute, Mr Armando Fúnez Medina, and Mr Ricardo Soto Fúnez
On 25 August 2013, around 5pm, human rights defenders Ms María Enriqueta Matute, Mr Armando Fúnez Medina and Mr Ricardo Soto Fúnez were killed in an attack.
Armed men believed to be Colombian paramilitaries have threatened, and apparently attempted to kill, leaders of the families forcibly displaced from the Hacienda Bellacruz farm, who are campaigning to return to their land.
On 23 August 2013, the home of human rights defender Ms Malya Villard Apollon was attacked by a group of armed men, who fired gunshots at the gate.
Nafeesa al-‘Asfoor, a mother-of-two, was arrested along with Rayhana al-Mousawi on 20 April as they were peacefully protesting near the Formula One Grand Prix circuit in Manama.
Kazakhstan: Update – Balkash Court approves forced psychiatric confinement of human rights lawyer Ms Zinaida Mukhortova
On the evening of 20 august 2013, judge Ms Maira Ibragimova of Balkash Court approved the Prosecutor's request for the forced psychiatric confinement of human rights lawyer Ms Zinaida Mukhortova.
The Observatory has been informed by Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) about the harassment against Ms. Cynthia Gabriel, SUARAM Secretariat Member, allegedly in retaliation for SUARAM’s role in exposing a corruption case involving the Malaysian Government and related to the Scorpene submarine scandal, involving at least RM 500 million in suspected kickbacks.
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the sentencing in absentia of Ms. Nadejda Atayeva, a human rights defender from Uzbekistan, currently the President of the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia living in France.
Seddiqa al-Basri, a 27-year-old mother of two, has been detained since 14 August. Three other women and a girl were detained with her but released shortly after.
On the evening of 9 August 2013, human rights defender Ms Arely Victoria Gómez, was physically attacked by four men who beat her and robbed her of her belongings.
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Azerbaijan.
On 9 August 2013, at approximately 10 am, four police officers, one doctor, two nurses and two medical staffers broke the door of the apartment of human rights lawyer Ms Zinaida Mukhortova and forced her into an ambulance, which brought her to the psychiatric hospital of Balkhash.
Belarus: Sentencing of Mr. Uladzimir Labkovich and Ms. Tatsiana Reviaka after taking part in a solidarity action
Mr. Uladzimir Labkovich and Ms. Tatsiana Reviaka, members of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) 'Viasna', were sentenced after taking part in a solidarity action in Minsk on August 5, 2013 to mark the second anniversary of the arbitrary arrest of Mr. Ales Bialiatski, President of the HRC 'Viasna' and FIDH Vice-President.
Female political activist Clara Nsegue Eyí has been in detention without charge or trial in Equatorial Guinea for over one month for refusing to obey a ministerial order confining her to her native town. She is believed to be in poor health and may require urgent treatment.
On 29 July 2013, human rights defender Ms Bernadette Ntumba was the subject of renewed intimidation when she and her colleagues found a threatening letter that had been placed under the door of their office.
On 25 July 2013, the continuous presence of armed security guards in the community of La Nueva Esperanza, in the department of Atlántida, threatening and intimidating the local population, resulted in the temporary kidnapping of two international human rights defenders, Mr Daniel Langmeier and Ms Orlane Vidal.
Raisa Radchenko, a 70 year-old human rights activist in Ukraine, was released from the psychiatric hospital on 26 July.
In response to the murder, LGBT-friendly organizations formed a coalition to seek to help from their international partners in providing safe working conditions in Cameroon. The coalition announced that they have suspended work aimed at combating HIV / AIDS until those projects can resume in safety.
Petition calling upon governments and agencies to commit to the full realization of the sexual and reproductive rights of all people. Deadline extended to September 18, 2013.
On 15 July the army opened fire during a protest in Honduras, killing an Indigenous leader and seriously injuring his son. There are grave concerns for the safety of protesters, as the demonstrations are continuing.
WOREC Nepal requests your immediate attention and urgent intervention in the recent brutal attack on life, bodily and mental integrity of young 23- year- old women rights defenders at Morang.
More than 100 internationally renowned musicians have joined a worldwide call for the release of the two jailed members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot ahead of their parole appeal hearings this week by signing an open letter calling for their release. Join them and sign the petition below.
In two separate instances on 16 and 17 July, paramilitaries delivered warnings and death threats to human rights defenders.
#StopStoning WOMEN NOW! This brutal death penalty is ongoing in 15 countries.
In 2009, when Hilda, a woman of scarce resources, was 18 years old, she was accused of an illegal abortion by health personnel after seeking care at a government hospital.
700 Honduran sugar cane workers organized as the Campesino Movement of San Manuel (MOCSAM) are currently occupying land that they have been attempting to recuperate for three and a half years.
Xu Zhiyong, a legal scholar and activist, has been detained in Beijing since 16 July, alongside two of his associates, Li Huanjun and Li Gang, on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order”.
Cameroon: LGBTI rights defender and journalist Mr Eric Ohena Lembembe found dead with signs of torture
On 15 July 2013, human rights defender and journalist Mr Eric Ohena Lembembe was found dead at his home in Yaoundé, with his body showing signs of torture.
The authorities in Al Obied, in North Kordofan state, Sudan, issued today formal order to release the Nuba women detainees in Alobied women prison.
Thousands of Iraqi children who are less than 10 years in age have birth defects of the same kinds. Some young Iraqi mothers have more than one disabled child, especially if they live in the hot zones of battles with the US troops, or around the US military bases.
On 15 July 2013, the Komunarsky district court judge ordered the enforced hospitalisation and treatment of 70-year-old human rights defender Ms Raisa Radchenko, who has been forcefully kept in psychiatric hospital since her arrest on 12 July 2013.
A series of homophobic attacks in Macedonia in June and July has led to grave concerns for the safety of LGBTI people and organizations. In June, during Pride Week in the capital Skopje, the LGBTI centre was attacked by around 30 people and on 5 July, unidentified suspects attempted to set fire to the centre.
Guatemala: Killing of Mr Santos Fidel Ajau Suret, and firing of shots outside the home of Ms Telma Yolanda Oquelí Veliz del Cid
During the early morning of 10 July 2013, several shots were fired outside the home of Ms Telma Yolanda Oquelí Veliz del Cid, leader of the Frente Norte del Área Metropolitana (FRENAM – Northern Front of the Metropolitan Area), a movement of community members who defend the land from the expansion of mining activities in San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc, in the Department of Guatemala.
Over the past six weeks human rights defender Ms Ye Haiyan has been subjected to a prolonged campaign of harassment and intimidation which has forced her and her partner and daughter to leave their home, first in Guangxi province, and subsequently Guangdong province.
On 28 July 2013, gather 7 people to stand in silent contemplation for 7 minutes in front of the Turkish embassy or consulate in your country in support of peaceful protesters in Turkey.
At a time when the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is very close to finalizing and publishing its report "Accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015" to the United Nations General Assembly (NY, September 24, 2013), it is necessary for all organizations working for the right to education to mobilize NOW!
This is the latest campaign update from the Control Arms Coalition and urges action to keep pressure on those governments that have not yet signed or ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).
The protests in Egypt aren’t stopping; and neither are the sexual assaults on women attending the protests. The impunity that those who violate women’s fundamental right to freedom and bodily integrity has to stop!
On 6 June 2013, 13-year-old Soheir al-Batea died after a doctor performed female genital mutilation (FGM) on her on her father’s orders in a clinic in the Daqahliya Governorate, north-east of Cairo.
The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal invites messages/actions of solidarity in preparation for the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster. Historically, it has been women-activists that have sustained this soon-to-be 30 year struggle.
Yorm Bopha is serving a two-year sentence for protesting forced evictions related to a land conflict in the Boeng Kak community. Upload a photo calling for her release, and we'll send collages of the photos regularly to Yorm Bopha in prison, and to Cambodian authorities calling for her freedom.
On 20 June 2013, at approximately 1pm, the 16-year-old daughter of human rights defender Ms Sandra Zambrano was forced into a car by two unknown men and held for approximately three hours. The incident took place near the Juan Ramón Molina National Library in the centre of Tegucigalpa.
We are sincerely concerned about the levels of police brutality and the use of crowd control technologies the public is being exposed to in Istanbul.
Do your part to end preventable murders of garment workers by signing the legally-binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh now.
Turkey: Prime Minister Erdogan: Pay attention to the demands of women resisting in Taksim Gezi Park!
In the last week, women across Turkey have joined the millions of people taking to the streets to stand against state violence and oppression. In more than fifty cities across the country, women joined the resistance against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the violent police response to peaceful protests in Taksim Square, Istanbul.
On 13 June 2013, at approximately 7:30am, twelve women human rights defenders were assembled peacefully outside the residence of the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms Mamata Bannerjee, when they were arrested on charges of intention to commit an offence. They were released the same day at 4:30pm upon payment of a bond, but were denied access to their lawyers.
On 19 June 2013, at 12pm, the third hearing against St. Petersburg-based LGBTI rights organisation Coming Out took place. The organisation was found guilty of being a 'foreign agent' and fined the maximum penalty of 500,000 roubles (approximately €11,500).
Google still hasn't removed a damaging "gay cure” app from their online store, even though Apple has.
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), calls on the Federal Council of Russia (Upper House) to reject the law that prohibits “propaganda on non-traditional sexual relations”, which was adopted by the Russian Duma on June 11, 2013.