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Oyub Titiev in court
5 Dezembro 2018
Por Masha Chichtchenkova

Last week I attended the court hearings on case of Oyub Titiev, the head of the Human Rights Center Memorial branch in Grozny who was absurdly charged with drug possession. I first met Oyub Titiev in 2009 after our common beloved colleague Natalya Estemirova had been abducted and assassinated.

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Sun Shihua
3 Dezembro 2018
Por Sun Shihua

Every word in this article is a stab in my heart. 20 September 2018 was the darkest, most frightening and most humiliating day in my near two decades’ practice as a lawyer.

1. A newbie to a criminal case

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28 Novembro 2018
Por Erin Kilbride

A few days before my friend Fatima* boarded a plane back to Bahrain last month, she sent me an blank email with no subject line. Attached was a PDF file labelled “RISKS.” It listed nearly twenty dates on which she had been threatened, harassed, interrogated, banned from travel, or watched her brothers be thrown in prison in retaliation for her human rights work.

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Le Dinh Luong
24 Outubro 2018

Le Dinh Luong is a Vietnamese HRD who advocated on behalf of victims of the 2016 Formosa factory pollution incident, which resulted in the loss of livelihood and sometimes life of thousands of Vietnamese fishermen and farmers. In August, he was found guilty of "carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration” and sentenced to 20 years in prison, with an extra 5 years of house arrest afterward.

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Berta Caceres - protest
22 Outubro 2018
Por 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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Helena Heloisa
27 Setembro 2018
Por Heloisa Helena Costa Berto

Contribuição da defensora afro-brasileira Heloisa Helena Costa Berto, em correspondência com a Front Line Defenders (publicado à pedido da defensora)

Estou trabalhando mais. E me sentindo mais segura. Com os relatórios que estou enviando para ONU é uma possibilidade dele ser citado na reunião em Genebra. Acho que é bom para os dois lados que meu nome retorne. Mas não quero grupo de Watsapp. Tenho muitos e fico sem tempo de responder. Só se tiver um específico com o meu tema.

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30 Março 2018
Por Erin Kilbride

Palestinian HRDs Endure Israeli Military Assault on Land Day

The Israeli military is nearly 24 hours into a violent assault on tens of thousands of Palestinian civilians and human rights defenders demanding the return of their land in Gaza. Twenty-four hours or 70 years, depending on how you're counting.

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Niober Garcia Fournier
1 Novembro 2017
Por Lorena Cotza

Niober had been planning and looking forward to this trip for months. It took him almost two days to reach Havana international airport from his town in Guantanamo, Cuba, but he still arrived well before his flight. He'd budgeted in plenty of time, knowing security is tight and checkpoints are common across the island. At the airport, just before the final security line, an officer from the Ministry of Interior quietly took him to a side. The officer told Niober he could not board the plane.

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