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As the EU goes through the process of seeking a new High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN) has created their own job specification for the role. While the HRDN will not actually be involved in the selection process of the next EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy  (that’s the job of the European Council) the organisation produced the [...]
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(Luanda, Angola) – African States should enact and enforce laws and policies to better protect freedom of expression, to support and safeguard the work of human rights defenders, and to prevent and ensure accountability for reprisals, a coalition of African and international NGOs said today. In the run-up to the 55th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which opens on Monday 28 April, ISHR, along with around [...]
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The implementation of the Law for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists Introduction In Mexico, human rights defenders have experienced a situation of high risk for many years due to their legitimate work.(1) As a result of the ineffcient response from the Mexican State,(2) in October 2010, various civil society organisations (CSO)(3) proposed the creation of a protection mechanism and they initiated a debate about its development, which [...]
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The adoption of the final report of Mexico’s Universal Periodic Review reflected the increasing concern of the international community regarding the situation of human rights defenders. As was the case in 2009 during Mexico’s first evaluation, Mexico received several recommendations, from all regions of the world, urging it to create a safe environment for all defenders. Although some positive steps have been taken during recent years, the Mexican Government has done too [...]
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The undersigned organisations are deeply concerned by recent developments that have taken place regarding the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and Journalists in Mexico. We believe that such developments are likely to place HRDs and journalists at even greater risk. The signatories therefore urgently call on the Mexican Interior Ministry to take all necessary steps to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the Mechanism, as well as [...]
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Mexico has become an especially dangerous place for human rights defenders and journalists, whose work is essential for protecting human rights and exposing abuses. A pending appointment to the Secretary of the Interior’s Human Rights Unit will test the Mexican government’s commitment to protecting these two groups. Between November 2010 and December 2012, the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) documented 89 aggressions against human rights [...]
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3rd February 2014, Brussels, Belgium. As part of the continuing contributions of Protection International (PI) in the establishment of public policies to protect human rights defenders at risk, the President of the Board of PI, Luis Enrique Eguren, presented an expert report at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) on the basic elements for the creation of an effective protection mechanism, in the light of government initiatives in Guatemala. [...]
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In celebration of UN Human Rights Day this December 10th the Urgent Responses Working Group of the Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) International Coalition, in collaboration with AWID, are releasing the Recommendations to Enhance the Protection and Security of WHRDs. In the context of increasing frequency and intensity of violence against WHRDs, it is essential to recognize all the types of violence that WHRDs experience and the gender-specific forms and [...]
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A broad coalition of local, national, sub-regional, pan-African and international NGOs have adopted a consensus statement on the protection of human rights defenders in advance of the 54th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights which commences in Banjul, The Gambia on 22 October 2013. ISHR is pleased to have acted as rapporteur for the NGO coalition preparing this statement, the text of which follows:   NGO statement [...]
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Mexico D.F., 26 September 2013. Yesterday the German and French Embassies in Mexico awarded the first Franco-German “Gilberto Bosques” Human Rights prize in recognition of the promotion and defense of human rights, peace, solidarity and justice. Fray Tomás González Castillo, director of the Migrant Shelter “La 72”, in the state of Tabasco, was the winner of the prize. The Comité de Defensa Integral de Derechos Humanos “Gobixha” (Integral Defense Committee [...]
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