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Bahrain: Travel Ban Imposed on Human Rights Defender Ms Ghada Jamsheer

Human rights defender Ms Ghada Jamsheer was stopped at Bahrain International Airport on 14 March 2015 by security authorities and was informed that she was not permitted to travel as the Prosecutor General had ordered a travel ban against her. She had not received any written notification of such a ban.

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Bahrain: Travel Ban Imposed on Human Rights Defender Ms Ghada Jamsheer

Human rights defender Ms Ghada Jamsheer was stopped at Bahrain International Airport on 14 March 2015 by security authorities and was informed that she was not permitted to travel as the Prosecutor General had ordered a travel ban against her. She had not received any written notification of such a ban.

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Burma: Detention of Three Leaders of a Student Organisation in Ongoing Crackdown

On 12 March 2015 at approximately 11:00 pm, two human rights defenders, leaders of the All Burma Federation of Student Union (ABFSU), Ms Han Ni Oo and Mr Thiha Win Tin, were detained in an ongoing crackdown on student protesters. Ms Phyoe Phyoe Aung, also a member of ABFSU, was detained on 10 March 2015.

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Sri Lanka: Conditional Release of Human Rights Defender Ms Balendran Jeyakumari

On 10 March 2015, human rights defender Ms Balendran Jeyakumari was conditionally released upon payment of a bond of 200,000 Sri Lankan Rupees (approximately €1420) pending completion of the investigation. As part of the conditions imposed by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Court for the release, the human rights defender's passport was confiscated and she is required to report to the police twice a month.

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India: Fresh Investigation Brought against Human Rights Defender Ms Teesta Setalvad

On 6 March 2015, the Ministry of Human Resource Development allegedly ordered an investigation into accusations against human rights defender Ms Teesta Setalvad. The allegations are reportedly of misuse of funds provided by the government to the non-governmental organisation Sabrang Trust, and are part of the ongoing judicial harassment against the human rights defender due to her work combating impunity for communal violence.

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India: Fresh Investigation Brought against Human Rights Defender Ms Teesta Setalvad

On 6 March 2015, the Ministry of Human Resource Development allegedly ordered an investigation into accusations against human rights defender Ms Teesta Setalvad. The allegations are reportedly of misuse of funds provided by the government to the non-governmental organisation Sabrang Trust, and are part of the ongoing judicial harassment against the human rights defender due to her work combating impunity for communal violence.

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Israel / OPT: Charges Brought against Human Rights Defender Ms Lema Nazeeh

On 23 February 2015, human rights defender Ms Lema Nazeeh was arrested in Al Eizariya in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, by the Israeli occupation forces. She was transferred to Maale Adomim Police station and accused of "attacking and disturbing soldiers" and "entering a military area". The human rights defender was released on bail of 1000 Israeli Shekel (approximately €223) on the same day, after the charges against her were formalised by the Public Prosecutor.

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Peru: Demolition of the preliminary construction of a new home of land rights defender Ms Máxima Acuña de Chaupe

On 3 February 2015, approximately 200 people trespassed onto the land of human rights defender Ms Máxima Acuña de Chaupe and demolished the preliminary construction of a new home that her family were building on their land. Allegedly, shots were fired by members of the group, which included employees of the Division of Special Operations of the Peruvian National Police (DINOES) and the private security firm of the Yanacocha mining company, as well as a number of its engineers.

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Honduras: Human Rights Defender Gladys Lanza Ochoa Awaiting Sentencing following Conviction

Human rights defender Ms Gladys Lanza Ochoa will be sentenced on 25 February 2015 following her conviction on 28 January 2015 on charges of defamation and slander against the Executive Director of the Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Vivienda Social, Urbana y Rural – FUNDEVI (Foundation for Development of Urban and Rural Social Housing).

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Honduras: Human Rights Defender Gladys Lanza Ochoa Awaiting Sentencing following Conviction

Human rights defender Ms Gladys Lanza Ochoa will be sentenced on 25 February 2015 following her conviction on 28 January 2015 on charges of defamation and slander against the Executive Director of the Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Vivienda Social, Urbana y Rural – FUNDEVI (Foundation for Development of Urban and Rural Social Housing).

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