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20 1 2021



近几周来,在充满挑战和困难的新闻中,看到杰拉尔丁-拜恩-纳森大使 (Geraldine Byrne Nason)就任爱尔兰在联合国安全理事会的席位,并看到她已经在推动一项有关妇女、和平与安全的议程,令人欣慰。

爱尔兰在开始其两年任期时,基于规则的国际制度从未受到过如此大的威胁。 联合国安理会的两个常任理事国,即中国和俄罗斯,正在积极开展活动,以削弱这一框架,破坏民主和人权。




Blog Post
Hong Kong Protest
14 8 2019

“If you drive 40 miles inland from Recife you go back in time 150 years.” Those were the words of a human rights defender from the Pastoral Land Commission in Pernambuco, Brazil, as he tried to explain the lawless brutality with which landowners managed their sugar cane plantations. The reach of the state is weak and the level of corruption and abuse of power is high.

Blog Post
22 7 2019

Sitting in Minsk following a few days of meetings with human rights defenders and others in Belarus led me to reflect on where Europe stands with Eastern Europe. Recent criticism of Tánaiste Simon Coveney promoting trade with Russia in spite of sanctions is only one symptom of a broader weakness and lack of strategy at EU level.

Blog Post
26 4 2019

Brutal and corrupt dictatorships trying to use sport to improve their image is nothing new, as The Guardian noted in February when it compared club ownership and the Champions League to Mussolini and the 1934 World Cup.

Blog Post
Alaa Salah
12 4 2019

Andrew Anderson recently met with human rights defenders and protesters demanding reform on the streets of Sudan.

“It is a coup, done by the security committee which is NISS, the army, RSF and police. They have suspended the constitution, which means suspending the bill of rights, declared a state of emergency and a curfew. They are going to meet the angry protesters with brutality.”
- Human rights defender, Khartoum 11th April 2018

Blog Post
andrew in uzbekistan
28 3 2019

Andrew Anderson, together with the Front Line Defenders Protection Coordinator for Europe & Central Asia, Masha Chitchenkova, visited Uzbekistan in March 2019.

“The prison wardens used to ask me why I was smiling, was I pleased with my sentence? I asked them if smiling was against prison regulations.”

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Ozlem Dalkiran
14 9 2017

Well-being is apparently dangerous in Turkey. When my friend Ozlem Dalkiran attended a training workshop on holistic security she was asked to draw something which represented what she was worried about. It is the sort of well meaning flipchart & post-it note psycho-babble which messes with my stress levels, but Ozlem gamely drew a map of Turkey with icons representing people fleeing war in Iraq & Syria in the East and friends in prison in Istanbul.