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Alaa Salah
12 أبريل / نيسان 2019

Andrew Anderson recently met with human rights defenders and protesters demanding reform on the streets of Sudan.

“It is a coup, done by the security committee which is NISS, the army, RSF and police. They have suspended the constitution, which means suspending the bill of rights, declared a state of emergency and a curfew. They are going to meet the angry protesters with brutality.”
- Human rights defender, Khartoum 11th April 2018

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andrew in uzbekistan
28 مارِس / آذار 2019

Andrew Anderson, together with the Front Line Defenders Protection Coordinator for Europe & Central Asia, Masha Chitchenkova, visited Uzbekistan in March 2019.

“The prison wardens used to ask me why I was smiling, was I pleased with my sentence? I asked them if smiling was against prison regulations.”

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Ozlem Dalkiran
14 سِبْتَمْبِر / أيلول 2017

Well-being is apparently dangerous in Turkey. When my friend Ozlem Dalkiran attended a training workshop on holistic security she was asked to draw something which represented what she was worried about. It is the sort of well meaning flipchart & post-it note psycho-babble which messes with my stress levels, but Ozlem gamely drew a map of Turkey with icons representing people fleeing war in Iraq & Syria in the East and friends in prison in Istanbul.

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3 أغُسطُس / آب 2017

These are hard times for human rights, but pessimists should not underestimate how resilient and powerful human rights defenders can be.

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24 يَنايِر/ كانون الثاني 2017

My friend Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam is currently chained by hands and feet to a wall in Kober Prison in Khartoum. He has been badly beaten. He started a hunger strike on Sunday in protest at his detention without access to a lawyer since the 7th of December 2016. He was allowed a brief visit from his brothers 10 days ago, but has otherwise been denied access also to his family.

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5 يَنايِر/ كانون الثاني 2017

Autocrats had a good year in 2016.

Brutal repression received a lot of encouragement.

Killers and torturers enjoyed impunity.

The commitment to human rights of supposedly democratic political leaders remained weak, an optional extra, a nice thing to do if it did not interfere with other interests.

Putin and Xi Jinping led an idealogical assault on the very idea of human rights.

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Lottie Cunningham Wren
17 ديسَمْبِر / كانون الأول 2016

There is growing concern over how democracy and the rule of law have deteriorated in Nicaragua, bearing important consequences for human rights defenders and society at large. As the presidential family has solidified its grip on Parliament, the Army, the Police and the media, civil society space has steadily narrowed.

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13 ديسَمْبِر / كانون الأول 2016

بقلم أندرو أندرسون

صديقي الدكتور مضوي إبراهيم آدم رهن الاعتقال ثانيةً في الخرطوم. فقد اعتقله جهاز المخابرات والأمن الوطني من جامعة الخرطوم في 7 ديسمبر/كانون الأول وتم احتجازه دون السماح له بالوصول إلى محاميه أو عائلته. وقد سبق أن اعتقل عدة مرات لأكثر من شهر خلال عام 2010، وقبل ذلك لما مجموعه 18 شهرا لمرات عديدة خلال الفترة ما بين 2003-2005.

 

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