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29 January 2021

On the evening of 28 January 2021, border control authorities at Shanghai’s Pudong Airport blocked human rights defender and writer Yang Maodong (杨茂东), better known by his pen name Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄), from boarding a flight to the United States to care for his wife Zhang Qing who is seriously ill. The authorities reportedly cited “suspicion of endangering national security” as the basis for imposing an exit ban on the defender.

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12 February 2021

On 4 February 2021, the Lebanese police found human rights defender Lokman Slim shot dead inside his car in Nabatieh, southern Lebanon. A medical examination revealed that the human rights defender had been shot four times in the head and once in the back.

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12 February 2021

On 10 February 2021, woman human rights defender Loujain Al-Hathloul was released after being detained for more than 1,000 days.

On 28 December 2020, Saudi woman human rights defender, Loujain Al-Hathloul, was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison by the Saudi Specialised Criminal Court, a court established for the purposes of terrorism-related cases.

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15 February 2021

On 15 February 2021, the Anti-Terrorism Court in Peshawar denied the bail application submitted by human rights defender Muhammad Ismail, despite his post COVID-19 health situation.

On 8 February 2021, Muhammad Ismail was presented before the Anti-terrorism court in Peshawar. The hearing was adjourned until 15 February. His wife, Uzlifat Ismail, was exempted from attending further court sessions. The human rights defender’s lawyer has applied for bail in the High Court.

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4 February 2021

On 3 February 2021, the lawyer of human rights defenders Fayza Abu Shamsiyya and Imad Abu Shamsiyya informed them that the Military commander of Hebron had rejected their appeal against a military order which declares sections of their house in Tel Al-Ramida as a closed military zone.

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4 February 2021

On 3 February 2021, the lawyer of human rights defenders Fayza Abu Shamsiyya and Imad Abu Shamsiyya informed them that the Military commander of Hebron had rejected their appeal against a military order which declares sections of their house in Tel Al-Ramida as a closed military zone.

 

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4 February 2021

On 26 January 2021, land rights defender Fernando dos Santos Araújo was killed in his house inside the Santa Lúcia Farm, in Pau D’Arco. Fernando dos Santos Araújo was a landless worker in Amazonia region, and one of the survivors of the 2017 Pau D’Arco massacre, which made him a key witness in the criminal case.

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29 January 2021

On 17 January 2021, human rights defender Faisal Yousef Mohamed was killed in his house in El Genena city, West Darfur by unknown individuals from armed militant groups. Two of the human rights defenders brothers were murdered in the same incident.

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8 December 2020

On 5 December 2020, a group of individuals with known links to the extreme right stole a canvas which was part of a display commemorating the anniversary of the murder of human rights defender Camilo Catrillanca. The canvas was stolen from the premises of the centre of historical memory, Londres 38, in Santiago.

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5 November 2020

On 29 October 2020, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided the residence of human rights defender and former chairperson of the Delhi Minorities Commission Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan and the office of the NGO ‘Charity Alliance’ headed by him.

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30 October 2020

On 28 October 2020, officials from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided the offices and homes of several human rights organisations and human rights defenders in Kashmir, India. Among those targeted were woman human rights defender Parveena Ahanger and human rights defender Khurram Parvez. Media reports indicate that the raids are an attempt to stigmatise and persecute the defenders based on fabricated charges and without basis.

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30 October 2020

On 28 October 2020, officials from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided the offices and homes of several human rights organisations and human rights defenders in Kashmir, India. Among those targeted were woman human rights defender Parveena Ahanger and human rights defender Khurram Parvez. Media reports indicate that the raids are an attempt to stigmatise and persecute the defenders based on fabricated charges and without basis.

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21 October 2020

On the night of 13 October 2020, two unknown men entered the home of human rights defender Arnold Joaquín Morazán Erazo in the municipality of Tocoa, Colón and shot the defender to death. Morazán Erazo was one of the 32 defenders and other individuals in Tocoa who have been criminalised for their involvement in a community camp set up to defend of the Guapinol River.
 

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19 November 2020

On 13 November 2020, Yasaman Aryani, the women’s rights defender and campaigner against the compulsory hijab, was transferred to a cell in Kachuei prison in Karaj, after she tested positive for COVID-19.

On 21 October 2020, Yasaman Aryani and her mother, Monireh Arabshahi were told to prepare themselves for a visit from their lawyer. However, when they made all the necessary arrangements, prison authorities transferred them from Evin Prison to Kachuei Prison in Alborz province.

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10 February 2021

On 4 February 2021, police submitted the charge sheet against human rights defender Didar Bhuiyan at the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka. He is being charged for allegedly "spreading rumours and carrying out anti-government activities" through his online posts.

On the evening of 1 October 2020, after almost five months in detention, human rights defender Didar Bhuiyan was released on bail from the Dhaka Kashimpur jail.

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25 January 2021

On 28 January 2021, the Misdemeanour Court in Tunis acquitted human rights defender Ahmed Ghram.

On 17 January 2021, Tunisian police raided the house of human rights defender Ahmed Ghram and arrested him. Ahmed Ghram is facing the charge of 'incitement to civil disobedience', regarding several of his Facebook posts, one of which he shared on the same day he was detained.

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27 November 2020

On 26 November 2020, the Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court in Mumbai, rejected human rights defender Stan Swamy’s request for a straw, a sipper bottle and winter clothing.

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22 July 2020

On July 25 2020, human rights defender Azimjan Askarov died in Kyrgyzstan at penal colony №47 where he had been transferred a day before for medical examination.

On 22 July 2020, Azimjan Askarov’s lawyer Valeryan Vakhitov visited the human rights defender in prison and reported that his health had deteriorated significantly.

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16 September 2020

On 16 September 2020, the Ofer Military Court granted bail to woman human rights defender Tasneem Al-Qadi, which it set at 2000 NIS (approximately 500 EUR). The defender is due to be released on 17 September 2020.

On 13 September 2020, the Military Court of Salem renewed the detention of woman human rights defender Tasneem Al-Qadi until 16 September 2020 for investigative purposes.

On 2 September 2020, the Military Court of Salem rescheduled the hearing session of woman human rights defender Tasneem Al-Qadi to 8 September 2020.

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20 January 2021

On 17 January 2021, the Criminal Court of Cairo renewed the detention of human rights defender Ramy Kamel for an additional 45 days.

On 27 February 2020, the Criminal Court of Cairo rejected the appeal of human rights defender Ramy Kamel and renewed his detention for an additional 15 days. The human rights defender has been detained since 23 November 2019.

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3 June 2020

On 31 May 2020, the Jerusalem District Court held a hearing for human rights defender Laith Abu Zeyad. The Court will take the final decision regarding the travel ban in the coming days.

On 31 May 2020, human rights defender Laith Abu Zeyad is due to attend his hearing regarding a travel ban imposed on him on 26 October 2019.

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23 March 2020

On March 12, 2020, Mehmet Raci Bilici was sentenced by Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No.5 to six years and three months imprisonment for "membership to a terrorist organisation" (Article 314/2 of the Turkish Penal Code). The Court imposed an international travel ban on Mehmet Raci Bilici, who is not detained pending his appeal.

On 21 March 2017, the Criminal Judge on Duty delivered a judgement to provisionally release the human rights defender Raci Bilici. The human rights defender is subject to a travel ban and must appear weekly at the Diyarbakir's police station.

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17 January 2017

On 18 January, the Riyadh Penal Court in Saudi Arabia sentenced Mr. Natheer Al-Majed to seven years in prison and a subsequent seven-year travel ban for charges that include inter alia writing articles against the Saudi regime and participating in protests. The human rights defender was arrested earlier that day and is currently being held in Al-Ha’er prison in Riyadh. In the week of 23 January, the family of the Natheer Al-Majed sent a request to the Saudi authorities to approve the appointment of a defence lawyer to aid in the appeal of his case.

 

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20 November 2020

On 13 July 2020, the Garrison Military Court of Beni-Butembo sentenced a police officer to life imprisonment for the killing of human rights defender Frédéric-Marcus Kambale. The police officer and the State of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were found civilly co-responsible for the killing and are required to pay compensation amounting to $100,000 (€84,484) to the victim's family.

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