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Heba Samoglu

Hiba Ezzideen Al-Hajji

WHRD, CEO, Chairperson
Equity and Empowerment
Rights on the Line Podcast

Season 5, Episode 2: Situation for Syrian Human Rights Defenders in the Aftermath of the Earthquake


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Hiba Ezzideen Al-Hajji is a Syrian feminist and woman human rights defender. Hiba is the CEO of Equity and Empowerment organization and the Chairperson of the Board of Directors in Shan network for peace building.

Equity and Empowerment is a feminist organization which works on gender equality focusing on digital security, economic and political empowerment, and Shan network is a group of women working on research studies and peace building.


The situation for human rights defenders (HRDs) in Syria has rapidly deteriorated since the beginning of the government's violent crackdown against nation-wide peaceful protests in 2011. HRDs, who already faced significant difficulties in remaining active under a highly repressive regime, have since been at even higher risk of direct targeting and persecution, including arbitrary arrest and detention, malicious prosecution, death threats, restrictions on their freedom of movement, abduction, defamation, and other forms of harassment and intimidation.