Human Rights Defenders

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Ethiopia: Yoseph Mulugeta winner of the Human Rights Watch 2010 Alison Des Forges Award (3min37 EN)

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The Netherlands/Honduras : Tulip Award 2010 (2min27 EN)

In November 2010, the Dutch government awarded the 2010 Human Rights Tulip Award to Bertha Oliva de Nativí of Honduras, for her struggle for the rights of relatives of people who "disappeared" in Honduras between 1979 and 1989.

Selected among 170 nominees, Mrs Oliva founded with other women who had lost close family members the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras (Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras, COFADEH) in 1982, one year after her husband was arrested and then disappeared.

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Mexico : Impunity for the assassination of Jyri Jaakkola and Bety Cariño (4min25 EN)

On 27 April 2010, Jyri Jaakkola, a Finnish international observer, was shot dead as he was on his way to San Juan Copala, a village of Triqui indigenous people which has declared itself as an autonomous municipality. The attack is thought to have been perpetrated by UBISORT, a paramilitary group. Bety Cariño, human rights defender from the local organization CACTUS has also been assassinated.

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Somalia : Laetitia Bader (Advocacy Officer - EHAHRDP) on human rights protection and the need of a deeper involvement by the EU

There are still human rights defenders in Ehtiopia, in spite of the tremendously difficult situation prevailing there. Their work isn't public and they face many challenges (in terms of security and protection), especially in the regions controlled by insurgent groups.

Laetitia Bader (Advocacy Officer for the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) comments on the Somalia context and explain what should be the role of the European Union to help human rights defenders on the ground.

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The Netherlands: “Human Rights and New Media” (6 min 35 EN)

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Turquie: Erol Önderoglu : harcèlement judiciaire des journalistes (6 min FR/EN)

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Thailand: Angkhana Neelapaijit impunity for enforced disappearances (3 min 12 EN)

After more than six and a half years, none of the perpetrators of the disappearance of Thai human rights lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit have yet been brought to justice. Mr Somchai was disappeared on 12 March 2004. At the time, he was representing five Muslim Thais accused of gun robbery and allegedly tortured by high ranking police personnel whilst in custody. Mr Somchai was last seen in Bangkok, being forced into a car by a group of men.

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This Journal will be dedicated to the expressions and actions performed prior or in parallel to criminalization, and also it address the criminalization purposes and its instruments.Available in Spanish.

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This guide - made by International Protection, Aj Noj - Protection Desk UDEFEGUA Guatemala - wants to fill the gap in the field of protection of human rights defenders. The tools and methodologies proposed respond to the needs of the defenders who live and develop their work in rural area. Available in Spanish and Q’echi.

Available in two languages, you can download it by clicking in the image.

 

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This journal number 3, deals with the protection measures that defenders can use in their life and their family.Available in English and Spanish.

This journal number 3, produced by UDEFEGUA and Protection International contains suggestions on personal security measures for human rights defenders (HRDs) at high risk as tools for their protection against events, threats or aggression in their private lives.

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