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HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AT RISK

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2015/08/28

On 24 August 2015 human rights defender Mr Abdullah Abdelkader was shot and killed, reportedly by members of an armed group, while visiting his hometown El Abbasiya Tagali in South Kordofan State.

2015/08/28

On 21 August 2015, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro appeared on national television and made hostile statements agsinst human rights organisation Programa Venezolano de Educación Acción en Derechos Humanos – PROVEA, (Venezuelan Programme for Education and...

2015/08/28

A hearing which was due to take place on 24 August 2015 in the case of human
rights defender Mr Bernardo Ermitaño López Reyes has been postponed. No further dates have been proposed, while the human rights defender remains in detention in Huehuetenango...

2015/08/28

On 26 August 2015 Hargeisa Regional Court issued a ruling closing the criminal case against human rights defender Mr Guleid Ahmed Jama. The Attorney General has a right to appeal this decision within 15 days.

2015/08/27

On 26 August 2015, the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan upheld the sentence of five and a half years in prison against human rights defender Mr Anar Mammadli.

2015/08/27

On 25 August 2015, human rights defender Mr Hicham Mansouri was taken to Casablanca by the National Brigade for the Judicial Police (BNPJ), where he was interrogated regarding his involvement in media and human rights activities.

2015/08/27

Approximately three weeks since he was arbitrarily detained by South Sudanese security forces on 6 August 2015, the whereabouts of human rights defender Mr Clement Lochio Lomornana are unknown.

2015/08/27

On 21 August 2015, human rights defender Miguel Ángel Zenón was finally able to enter his home four days after it had been broken into by force, which caused damage to the main entrance. Identification and various documents containing information on cases the...

2015/08/26

On 21 August 2015 after her application to reinstate her visa was denied, human rights defender Ms Manuela Picq's took the decision to leave Ecuador.

2015/08/26

On 25 August 2015, human rights defender Mr Samad Iach was banned from travelling by Moroccan security forces at Mohamed V International Airport.

2015/08/26

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights reiterates his call to bring Russian NGO legislation in line with international standards and to cease the persecution of legitimate and peaceful Russian organizations.

2015/08/26

An international organization that accompanies and supports human rights defenders in Mexico reported two break-ins at their offices in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas between 14 and 18 August 2015.

2015/08/25

On 24 August 2015 the Internal Security Service released human rights defenders Mr Muktar Al-Hanai, Mr Salih Al-Azri, Mr Ali Al-Muqbali and Mr Talib Al-Saedi without charges.

2015/08/25

On 20 August 2015, human rights lawyer Mr Ermek Narymbaev was arrested and sentenced to 20 days imprisonment. He was found guilty of allegedly convening an unsanctioned demonstration. However, no such demonstration took place.

2015/08/25

On 21 August 2015, following a judicial hearing at approximately 1:30 am, 61-year-old human rights defender Ms Margoth Escobar was conditionally released after eight days in preventive detention.

2015/08/25

On 24 August 2015, the Bangkok South Criminal Court accepted the criminal charges against human rights defender, Mr Andy Hall. He is accused by Natural Fruit Company Ltd of defamation and computer crimes.

2015/08/24

On 20 August 2015, the Mae Sod Provincial Court held a preliminary hearing in the case against human rights defender Mr Surapan Rujichaiwat and issued a trial order against him.

2015/08/24

On 18 August 2015, the Tashkent City Court upheld the decision of the Shajhantahurskij Regional Court of Common Pleas, which had declared human rights defender Mr Shukhrat Rustamov 'mentally incompetent'. He faces an immediate risk of being forcibly placed in a...