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Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer Maryam Haid arrested, life at risk

Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer Maryam Haid was arrested on 13 January in Damascus. She was later shown “confessing” on a programme on a pro-government TV channel. She has been held in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance and her life may be in danger. 

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Sri Lanka: Siege at the home of human rights defender Ms Balendran Jayakumari

On 13 March 2014, human rights defender Ms Balendran Jayakumari and her 13-year-old daughter were detained in their Killinochchi home in northern Sri Lanka from approximately 4pm until 10pm.

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Honduras – Detention of human rights defender Ms Marlen Cruz Licona

On 10 March 2014, human rights defender and lawyer Ms Marlen Cruz Licona was brought before the court of San Pedro Sula in southern Honduras and accused of participating in the occupation of land and of instructing a group of campesinos to attack a group of agents from the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DGIC).

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China: Detention of human rights defender Ms Ge Zhihui

On 4 March 2014 it emerged that human rights defender Ms Ge Zhihui was detained by police in Beijing on 1 March 2014. She is currently being held in Fengtai District Detention Centre in the capital.

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Honduras: Attempted killing of human rights defender Ms María Santos Domínguez

On 5 March 2014, as human rights defender Ms María Santos Domínguez returned to her home, she was surrounded and attacked with sticks, stones and machete by a group of seven individuals. Her husband and her son came to her rescue but were also attacked, with her son losing his ear. María Santos Domínguez has faced death threats on repeated occasions.

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Colombia: Threats and harassment against members of the Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz

On 28 February 2014, human rights defenders Ms Janeth Hernández and Mr Abilio Peña were followed by unknown men on a motorbike during the afternoon.

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China: Detention of human rights defender Ms Ge Zhihui

On 4 March 2014 it emerged that human rights defender Ms Ge Zhihui was detained by police in Beijing on 1 March 2014. She is currently being held in Fengtai District Detention Centre in the capital. 

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Colombia: Threats and harassment against members of the Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz

On 28 February 2014, human rights defenders Ms Janeth Hernández and Mr Abilio Peña were followed by unknown men on a motorbike during the afternoon. 

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Mozambique: New criminal code puts women’s rights at risk

Survivors of sexual abuse in Mozambique are at risk of being deprived of justice and having their rights violated by proposed amendments to the Criminal Code to be brought before parliament in March.

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Kenya: Death threats against human rights defender Ms Emily Kwamboka

On 25 February 2014, human rights defender Ms Emily Kwamboka received the latest in a series of threatening calls she has been subjected to since 20 February 2014. 

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