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22 October 2018
By Emma Achilli

The European Union is currently developing Guidelines on the Right to Water. Human rights defenders protecting their communities’ access to water around the world face lethal risks for their work, and their expertise must be central to the EU’s proposed Guidelines.

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23 April 2018

Dispatches 2017 presents the work Front Line Defenders has undertaken around the world for the protection and security of human rights defenders at risk in 2017, including the impact of grants, training, advocacy, visibility, rest & respite and other programs. 2017 marks the 10th year of Risk Assessment and Protection Planning training, while the year also saw the expansion of the programme with the addition of a Security Advisor and an additional Protection Coordinator in West Africa.

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30 November 2017

The 2017 Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders brought together more than 110 human rights defenders (HRDs) from 99 countries and numerous international guests to share experiences, learn from each other and develop new and more effective strategies for their security and protection. This unique forum gave participating HRDs an opportunity to speak out about challenges and risks they face in their work, analyse new and well-established patterns of oppression and develop strategies to remain resilient and effective.

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19 June 2017

Search and Rescue organisations patrolling the Libyan coasts have saved thousands of lives that European border policies left to perish.

Despite their life-saving work, the employees and volunteers of these NGOs are routinely accused of colluding with traffickers and helping immigrants to illegally enter Europe.

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6 March 2017

Ana Maria has helped hundreds of Dominicans of Haitian descent reclaim their rights, and resist racism and discrimination. Lorraine leads innovative education initiatives, to raise awareness about environmental rights in communities affected by coal mining in South Africa. Nisha successfully challenged a law discriminating against transgender people in Malaysia, and set up the first organisation providing support to the trans community in her country.

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7 August 2017

María Magdalena Tun didn’t choose to become a human rights defender. But when private companies started evicting local communities in her region, polluting the rivers and destroying the forests, she realised she could not sit idly by: she had to defend the rights of her people.

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8 March 2018

On 27 January 2018, Mohamed Aldouma's legal representatives reported that the defender was transferred to Shala Prison in El Fasher, Darfur. They further reported that Mohamed Aldouma has been subjected to ill-treatment in detention and is in need of regular medical care to treat his chronic osteoarthritis.

Sudanese authorities are continuing a nationwide crackdown against protesters and human rights defenders, through arrests and the use of excessive force resulting in killings. Mohamed Aldouma was arrested during a demonstration in Omdurman on 17 January.

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9 April 2018

On 29 March 2018, a group of hitmen killed Crisanto Garcia Ohajaca, the uncle of the COMUNDICH Executive Board vice-president, Eugenio Ohajaca. The leader of the Ch’orti’ de Morola community, which COMUNDICH is currently assisting, received a death threat two days after Crisanto Garcia Ohajaca’s murder. In the past few weeks, threats and attacks against those associated with the indigenous rights organisation, Coordinadora de Asociaciones y Comunidades para el Desarrollo Integral del Pueblo Ch’orti’ COMUNDICH, have increased.

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19 January 2018

Following her detention on 16 January, human rights defender Amal Habani was beaten with an electric rod by Sudanese forces during interrogation. She remains in detention despite an order for her release being issued on 20 January.

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16 March 2018

On 22 December 2017, Istanbul Anatolia Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office concluded the indictment for the murders of Syrian human rights defenders Orouba Barakat and Halla Barakat and called for the imposition of two sentences of life imprisonment under the charge of “intentional killing” according to the Turkish Criminal Code, Article 82.

On 30 September 2017, Turkish police arrested a suspect in the killing of Syrian human rights defenders Orouba and Halla Barakat.

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