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Defending Rights in Rio: HRDs & the Olympics

#AtRiskInRio

In February 2016, Brazilian authorities demolished the home and spiritual centre of an Afro-Brazilian candomblé priestess and human rights defender, to make way for the Olympic Park. As the Games open next week, Heloisa Helena Costa Berto is demanding justice.

Front Line Defenders and five human rights defenders in Rio de Janeiro are launching a campaign calling for an end to threats and attacks against HRDs, which have escalated ahead of the Games.

#AtRiskInRio: HRDs & the Olympics

#EmRiscoNoRio

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"The several forms of violence that we experience always intensify when mega-events are being held in the country. The Olympics promote the idea of harmony: but we are being segregated; the idea of union: but we have riffles pointed at our heads. They promised to improve the city, but the reality is that we are dying" (Raull Santiago)

Cambodia - #Freethe5KH Campaign

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Fidencio Gomez Santiz
30 August 2016
By Sebastiana Pérez Hernández

Sebastiana has a sad look on her eyes.

For more than five months, she has been demanding the Mexican authorities find her husband Fidencio Gómez Sántiz. She wants him back, and alive. So far, her demands have been met with silence.

Sebastiana Pérez Hernández is a 45-year-old woman and is the mother of two children. She speaks the indigenous language tzeltal and lives in the village of Las Perlas, in the municipality of Ocosingo, Chiapas. She is a member of the grassroots organisation Frente Nacional de Lucha por el Socialismo (FNLS).

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In nearly a decade of defending her community’s land and rivers from corporate destruction, Honduran woman Ms. Ana Mirian Romero has endured armed raids, physical assault, death threats, and personal defamation campaigns. On 10 June 2016, former President of Ireland, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, Mrs. Mary Robinson, presented Ana Mirian with the 2016 Front Line Defenders Award.

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22 February 2016

Dispatches 2015 highlights the challenges facing Front Line Defenders in providing fast and effective support to human rights defenders around the world, as the space in which HRDs can work safely continues to shrink.

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31 March 2015

In April 2015 Front Line Defenders and Verso Books published La Lucha: The Story of Lucha Castro and Human Rights in Mexico - the first book in a series of nonfiction graphic novels. La Lucha features the real life stories of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in northern Mexico who confront lethal challenges in order to promote human rights, justice and accountability.

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