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Niober Garcia Fournier
1 11 2017
By 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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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.

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Mudawi Ibrahim Adam.jpg
24 1 2017

My friend Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam is currently chained by hands and feet to a wall in Kober Prison in Khartoum. He has been badly beaten. He started a hunger strike on Sunday in protest at his detention without access to a lawyer since the 7th of December 2016. He was allowed a brief visit from his brothers 10 days ago, but has otherwise been denied access also to his family.

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5 1 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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Lottie Cunningham Wren
17 12 2016

There is growing concern over how democracy and the rule of law have deteriorated in Nicaragua, bearing important consequences for human rights defenders and society at large. As the presidential family has solidified its grip on Parliament, the Army, the Police and the media, civil society space has steadily narrowed.

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Mudawi Ibrahim Adam.jpg
13 12 2016

My friend Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam is in detention again in Khartoum. He was taken by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) from the University of Khartoum on 7th December and is being held without access to his lawyer or his family. He has previously been detained on several occasions, for over a month in 2010 and earlier for a total of 18 months in several spells during 2003-2005.

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Crackdown on Russian Civil Society
8 9 2016

In light of unprecedented attacks on human rights defenders, Andrew Anderson of Front Line Defenders argues for increased direct support to human rights defenders working at the local and national levels, flexibility in funding, and a greater focus on core, multi-year support.

Originally posted in the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) Blog

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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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