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HRDs in the Newsposted on: 2014/04/07

HRDs in the News is a regular news round-up which draws together news about human rights defenders (HRDs) who have been appearing in the world media.

The Irish Times have reported on the Corrib gas dispute in Ireland and the need for a proper inquiry into policing; the Cairo Post have reported on the case of Yemeni HRD Feras Shamsan; RTE reported on a vigil held in memory of Chinese HRD Cao Shunli; and more.

Mexico: joint briefing note on the situation of human rights defendersposted on: 2014/03/26

Front Line Defenders, Protection International, PBI, and CIFCA have issued a joint briefing paper on the situation of human rights defenders in Mexico, in view of the EU-Mexico Human Rights Dialogue, which took place in Brussels on the 18th March 2014.

Geneva: Shrinking Space for Civil Societyposted on: 2014/03/24

On 10 March 2014, Front Line Defenders organised a side event during the session of the Human Rights Council focused on the shrinking space for civil society and the impact on human rights defenders. Organised together with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Human Rights House Network (HRHN), Trócaire and the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, the panel featured Front Line Defenders Executive Director Mary Lawlor and human rights defenders Dr. Hala Al-Dosari from Saudi Arabia and Maksym Butkevych from Ukraine.

Syria - Free Key Rights Defenders: Government Arbitrarily Holds Darwish and Colleagues Despite UN Demandsposted on: 2014/03/20

The government of Syria should immediately and unconditionally release the arbitrarily detained human rights defender Mazen Darwish and his colleagues Hani Al-Zaytani and Hussein Ghrer, 61 human rights organizations said today.

Dispatches 2013: Reports from the Front Lineposted on: 2014/03/19

Front Line Defenders has released the latest edition of Dispatches: Reports from the Front Line, an annual overview of Front Line Defenders' work.