Nigeria : students storm human rights commission over El-Zakzaky’s detention

On Thursday, February 16, some Nigerian students stormed the National Human Rights Commission in Kano state. The group protested the prolonged detention of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. The group also protested the detention of some students who were arrested by security operatives and remanded in Kano Prison. YARPTI is […]

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Malaysia: Continued persecution of Anwar Ibrahim symbolizes crackdown on human rights

On the second anniversary of the politically-motivated conviction of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Amnesty International calls for his immediate and unconditional release. “The ongoing political persecution of Anwar Ibrahim is symbolic of Malaysia’s crackdown on human rights. He has unjustifiably spent the past two years behind bars on trumped-up charges intended to silence him and end his political career,” […]

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Zimbabwe: U.S. Embassy Concerned by deteriorating human rights situation in Zimbabwe

The United States is extremely concerned by the continuing deterioration of the human rights situation in Zimbabwe, as evidenced by the unwarranted arrest and continued detention of Pastor Evan Mawarire and the incarceration of Pastor Phillip Patrick Mugadza.   The U.S. Government unequivocally believes in the basic right to freedom of speech and calls on the Government of Zimbabwe to […]

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Armenia: An activist sentenced to jail for participating in an opposition assembly

FIDH and its member organisation in Armenia Civil Society Institute denounce the sentence to two-year imprisonment of Gevorg Safaryan, member of “Nor Hayastan” (“New Armenia”) political movement. Safaryan spent more than a year in pretrial detention and after a trial in the Court f General Jurisdiction oof Kentron and Nork-Marash administrative districts of Armenia was sentenced on 16 January 2017 […]

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Kyrgyz :Court upholds life sentence for Kyrgyz journalist and activist Azimjon Askarov

Kyrgyz authorities should immediately release journalist and human rights activist Azimjon Askarov and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Kyrgyzstan’s Chui Regional Court today upheld a September 2010 life sentence against Askarov on charges of complicity in murder and inciting hatred for reporting on fatal ethnic violence in June of that year. The journalist’s […]

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USA :Commutation of Manning’s sentence must be followed by Snowden pardon, whistleblower protections

ARTICLE 19 welcomes outgoing US President Barack Obama’s decision to commute the sentence of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, and reiterates calls on the US government to further demonstrate its commitment to freedom of expression and information by pardoning whistleblower Edward Snowden. Manning’s conviction and sentencing in 2013 on charges related to the leak of classified information revealing serious human rights violations […]

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Nigeria: Comply with court order to release Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky

The Nigerian authorities must immediately comply with a High Court order and release the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife from detention, said Amnesty International. El-Zakzaky, and his wife Malama Zeenah Ibraheem, have been in detention without charge for more than a year following a clash between his supporters and the Nigerian military […]

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Nigeria : Amnesty International warns FG over El-Zakzaky

Amnesty International has warned the Nigerian government to obey court order releasing Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) from detention. In a release by the group, the interim director, Makmid Kamara said that the 45-day deadline that the human rights body has given the government as elapsed without any proof that the government is ready […]

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Iran: Sentencing of journalist Issa Saharkhiz

IRN 001 / 0916 / OBS 082 Arbitrary detention / Judicial harassment / Health concern Iran September 28, 2016 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in thefollowing situation in the Iran. Description of the situation: The Observatory has been informed by the […]

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Mexico: REPORT: Arbitrary and illegal detentions – Criminalization: A state policy to hindrance the defense of Human Rights in Mexico

This document constitutes an articulated effort by different Mexican organizations of the civil society, committees of relatives of human rights defenders, political prisoners and international organizations specialized in legal support, documentation of human rights violations, and protection of human rights defenders. This document aims to make public the systematic repression mechanisms used against human rights defenders and against the social […]

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Egypt: Conditional release of 4 members of the performance satirical group “Street Children”

New Information EGY 003 / 0716 / OBS 054.1 Conditional release / Judicial harassment Egypt September 23, 2016 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Egypt. New information: The Observatory has been informed […]

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Thailand: Sentencing of Andy Hall to 4 years in prison

New information THA 003 / 0815 / OBS 067.3 Sentencing / Judicial harassment Thailand September 22, 2016 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Thailand. New information: The Observatory has been informed by […]

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