Advocates’ Harassment

2018 Front Line Defenders Award

Front Line Defenders today announced the five winners of its 2018 Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk, naming Soni Sori (India), Nurcan Baysal (Turkey), the LUCHA movement (Democratic Republic of Congo), La Resistencia Pacífica de la Microregión de Ixquisis(Guatemala), and Hassan Bouras (Algeria) as the Regional Winners.

UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore presented Nurcan Baysal, who was named the Global Laureate for 2018, with the Award during a ceremony at Dublin’s City Hall.

“The defenders we’re honouring today work in some of the most dangerous areas of the world, sacrificing their own security to peacefully demand justice and human rights for their communities,” said Andrew Anderson, Executive Director of Front Line Defenders, as he announced the winners in Dublin.

For further information please visit the Front Line Defenders webpage at: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/front-line-defenders-award.

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Amnesty International UK “Human Rights Defenders: The six most dangerous kinds of activism”

It’s shocking that in 2017 hundreds of activists across the world have been killed simply for peacefully standing up for human rights, as revealed in our new report.

We estimate that 3,500 people have been murdered for their human rights work and activism over the last 20 years – that’s an average of 175 each year.

This is still happening to this day, in fact, it’s getting even worse. 145 killings were recorded in 2014, almost doubling to 281 in 2015, according to research by the NGO Frontline Defenders.

These human rights defenders are targeted because they’re a threat to the powerful, whether that be governments or corporations.

You could be more at risk depending on who you are or what you’re fighting for.

The full article, which also presents the six most dangerous areas of human rights protection, see at  https://www.amnesty.org.uk/most-dangerous-activism.

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Amnesty International UK “Human Rights Defenders: The six most dangerous kinds of activism”

It’s shocking that in 2017 hundreds of activists across the world have been killed simply for peacefully standing up for human rights, as revealed in our new report.

We estimate that 3,500 people have been murdered for their human rights work and activism over the last 20 years – that’s an average of 175 each year.

This is still happening to this day, in fact, it’s getting even worse. 145 killings were recorded in 2014, almost doubling to 281 in 2015, according to research by the NGO Frontline Defenders.

These human rights defenders are targeted because they’re a threat to the powerful, whether that be governments or corporations.

You could be more at risk depending on who you are or what you’re fighting for.

The full article, which also presents the six most dangerous areas of human rights protection, see at  https://www.amnesty.org.uk/most-dangerous-activism.

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“Advocating for Advocates Rights in Armenia”

Since 2016, a group of active and independent Armenian advocates, involved as defense lawyers in a number of high-profile criminal cases, have been subjected to harassment and been hindered in their professional activities in courts. For thorough information you can view the CSP Statement signed by 39 non-governmental human rights member organizations at http://www.civicsolidarity.org/article/1490/armenia-harassment-lawyers-working-high-profile-cases and “Behind the Glass Wall - the Right to a Fair Trial in the Sasna Tsrer Cases” report of a fact-finding mission to Armenia, at http://www.civicsolidarity.org/article/1540/new-report-behind-glass-wall-right-fair-trial-sasna-tsrer-cases.

The Helsinki Association is pleased to announce that, as a logical continuation of our efforts aimed at supporting the Armenian advocates in danger, and at protecting and sustaining the institution of independent advocacy in Armenia, in support with the European Endowment for Democracy (EED), a program has been initiated, the main objectives of which are as follows: a) raising awareness of Armenian civil society, media and other important players on possible consequences of governmental legal initiatives and practical implications; b) monitoring of courts; c) international advocacy activities to increase possible influence on Armenian authorities; and d) institutional development training for the program team.

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