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Helena Heloisa
27 9 2018
By Heloisa Helena Costa Berto

A guest blog by Afro-Brazilian HRD Heloisa Helena Costa Berto, from correspondence to Front Line Defenders Americas Protection Coordinator (published at request of the HRD, translated from Portuguese)

Good morning, I know you have nothing to do with this, but I have to express myself. I need to make a complaint about how public bodies treat people who thinks differently. I am looking for rights, not only mine, but for a community, defending and denouncing injustices.

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Fidencio Gomez Santiz
30 8 2016
By Sebastiana Pérez Hernández

Sebastiana has a sad look on her eyes.

For more than five months, she has been demanding the Mexican authorities find her husband Fidencio Gómez Sántiz. She wants him back, and alive. So far, her demands have been met with silence.

Sebastiana Pérez Hernández is a 45-year-old woman and is the mother of two children. She speaks the indigenous language tzeltal and lives in the village of Las Perlas, in the municipality of Ocosingo, Chiapas. She is a member of the grassroots organisation Frente Nacional de Lucha por el Socialismo (FNLS).

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Blog Post
12 7 2016
这篇博客的英文原文首发于《外交家》杂志。
2016年7月12日到13日,欧盟与中国的年度高峰会议即将于北京召开。在英国脱欧引发欧洲动荡两周之后,中国很可能会认为这是一个良好的机会,可以利用欧盟成员国,获得更好的贸易协定。

虽然中国可能会认为现在的欧洲很虚弱,但是欧盟切不可淡化对人权和民主的承诺,向中国政府绥靖。事实上,没有英国,欧盟可能处于更有力的地位,强调人权和法治的重要性。

英国在欧盟中曾经是中国最大的辩护者,因为英国推动所谓的“黄金时代”的友谊。没有英国,欧盟可以更加坚守原则,并且通过这次峰会发出明确的信息,那就是虽然欧盟向中国开放更多的贸易,欧洲在支持中国人权方面不会妥协。具体而言,欧盟领导人必须强烈声明继续支持中国人权捍卫者,尽管中国政府企图让这些人权捍卫者噤声。

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Blog Post
Colombia Killings
11 7 2016

The announcement of the ceasefire between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP is a historic moment that we hope will mark a turning point in the history of Colombia. It offers the Colombian people an opportunity to make a break with the endemic violence of the past. The direct reference to the protection of human rights defenders (HRDs) in the peace agreement is one more reason to celebrate.

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Blog Post
Indigenous people protest, Brazil 2016
15 6 2016
By Renata Oliveira, Former Front Line Defenders Research & Training Fellow for the Americas

At the end of April, my last activity with Front Line Defenders was to accompany Brazilian human rights defender and indigenous leader Tonico Benites to Brussels. Tonico had the chance to meet with several policymakers and diplomats to discuss the challenges faced by indigenous persons in Brazil, particularly his group, the Guarani-Kaiowás. As a Brazilian who comes from a state that has practically decimated its native population, I thought I already knew how bad the situation was.

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andrew Anderson and Andrea Rocca meeting Issa Amro in Hebron
9 6 2016

I returned last week from a visit to Palestine and Israel. Over six days my colleague and I met with brilliant, tenacious, creative and brave human rights defenders who work non-violently on behalf of others in the brutally occupied West Bank or in an increasingly hostile Israel. We were not allowed access to meet with beleaguered human rights defenders in Gaza.

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