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5 January 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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2 June 2018

On 1 June during ongoing protests by Palestinians in Gaza near the fence sealing off the enclave, Israeli snipers fired at Palestinian volunteer medic Razan Al-Najjar as she was aiding another injured protester, according to eyewitnesses. She was hit in the upper body and pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

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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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18 November 2015

On 16 November 2015, the National Front for Socialism (Frente Nacional de Lucha por el Socialismo - FNLS) initiated a second round of activities in Mexico City to denounce the situation faced by indigenous human rights defenders in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico. During a campaign launched the previous week, human rights defenders Matías Flores, Jesús Hernández Reyes and Rubicél Hernández García were shot.

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17 December 2015

On 27 May 2011 land reform leader Mr Adelino 'Dinho' Ramos, was killed in the Amazonian state of Rondonia. Three days earlier Mr José Cláudio Ribeiros da Silva and his wife Ms Maria do Espírito Santo da Silva were shot near their home in Pará State.

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