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Malaysia: Dismissal of the motion filed by Ms. Lena Hendry to strike out the charges against her

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), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Malaysia. 

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Mexico: Attack and harassment of WHRD Ms Carmen Ruiz Martínez

On 10 April 2014, human rights defender Ms Carmen Ruiz Martínez was followed by two unknown women while going to the market in the town of Juchitán. The women grabbed her as to force her to go with them, but she managed to escape. 

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Malaysia: Dismissal of the motion filed by Ms. Lena Hendry to strike out the charges against her

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), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Malaysia. 

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Philippines: Harassment and surveillance of human rights lawyer Ms Catherine Dannug-Salucon

Front Line Defenders is concerned at the continued surveillance and intimidation of human rights defender Ms Maria Catherine Dannug-Salucon since March 2014.

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Iran: Reyhaneh Jabbari at risk of execution

The death sentence of Iranian woman Reyhaneh Jabbari has been sent to the Office of Implementation of Sentences in Tehran, Iran. Once death sentences have gone to this body, they may be carried out at any time.

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Vietnam: Continued detention of human rights defender Ms Bui Thi Minh Hang

Front Line Defenders is concerned by the continued detention of human rights defender and blogger Ms Bui Thi Minh Hang. She is held in An Binh prison in Cao Lanh city since 11 February 2014, charged with “causing public disorder.” 

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Syria: Woman Yara Faris, on trial for allegedly aiding displaced people

A Syrian woman, Yara Faris, was arrested by Syrian State Security officers on 8 December 2013. She is held in ‘Adra Prison, waiting to be tried by the Anti-Terrorism Court for allegedly assisting in the distribution of food and aid to displaced people.

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Sri Lanka: Ms. Balendran Jayakumari and daughter illegally detained and held without charge

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Ms. Balendran Jayakumari and her daughter Vithushaini (13) both were arrested on 13 March 2014, by officers attached to the Kilinochchi Police Station. Jayakumari has been active in the search of disappeared persons, including members of her own family for several years. 

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China: Female activist Liu Hua detained for exposing RTL

Anti-corruption activist Liu Hua, a woman who exposed abuses in China’s Re-Education Through Labour (RTL) system, has been criminally detained on the charge of “picking quarrels and making troubles”. It is widely believed that she is being punished by the authorities for appearing in a documentary that exposed the torture and other ill-treatment of the RTL system.

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Bahrain: Trial of Nafeesa al-‘Asfoor and Rayhana al-Mousawi proceeds despite torture allegations

The trial of two women protesters for attempting to enter the Formula 1 circuit during a protest at the Bahrain Grand Prix last year resumed on 25 March. They told the court they had been tortured. One of them has already been sentenced to five years in prison in a separate case.

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