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Collective Power! Regional Exchange of Thai and Indonesian HRDs

December 2018 marked a milestone for Protection International, with our first ever regional community exchange. Over 4 days in Southern Thailand, defenders of the Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand (SPFT) met with Indonesian defenders from six organisations of buruh tani (farm workers). The objective was to
foster a South-to-South learning exchange, bringing together stories of hope and sharing knowledge on the defense of rights in their respective communities.

 

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Protection International initiated this baseline study on the security and protection of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in North and South Kivu in order to adapt its support to the specific security and protection needs of WHRDs, identify specific needs, review existing internal tools and define necessary tools such as policy and programming indicators that can be developed in its programme to be implemented in the DRC in the coming years.

 

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January 2019 - Protection International updated e-learning course

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Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, Protection International and the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) of the University of York hosted an international roundtable in Brussels on 12 and 13 December 2017, entitled “Rethinking the protection of Human Rights Defenders”.

#rethinkingprotection #CommunitiesareHRDs

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This is about vigilance and “countervigilance”. This is a useful tool to help what we call “to be vigilant”.Available in English and Spanish.

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Indonesia - the Struggle of Women Human Rights Defenders

Human rights defenders in Indonesia face criminalisation and struggle to assert their rights especially on environmental issues. This video illustrates the lack of action from the government who not only does not protect human rights defenders but leave them at the mercy of criminalisation acts. In the regions of Pati and Rembang, farmers who maintain the sustainability of Mount Kendeng, have been facing injustice since 2006, as the company PT semen Gresik and its subsidiaries had been planing on building factories threatening the livelihood of the local communities.

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Brussels: Roundtable on National Mechanisms

In December 2011, Protection International conducted within the federal Parliament, in collaboration with the MP Juliette Boulet, a roundtable on national legislations and mechanisms for the protection of human rights defenders. Defenders from Latin America, Asia and Africa and members of the Protection Desks (field protection programs of PI, in collaboration with local partners) presented their assessment of the key existing national mechanisms and projects to create new mechanisms.

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Burma: Bo Kyi, Joint-Secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma (3 min40 EN)

Despite repeated calls by the international community, including the United
Nations, the EU, ASEAN and the Burmese democracy movement, the “new
government” established after the recent flawed electoral process continues to
refuse to release almost 2,000 political prisoners held in Burmese prisons. Their
immediate and unconditional release is one of the key benchmarks necessary for
genuine national reconciliation to take place.

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Nepal:”Loktantra!” (25 min EN)

In May 28th 2008, Nepal became a federal republic after 239 years of Hindu monarchy and 10 years of a Maoist rebellion held by Prachanda (“the fierce one”).
In August 2008, Prachanda has been elected as Prime Minister by the Constitutional Assembly, mostly Maoists since the elections of April.

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Uganda: “Protection Desk Uganda a portrait” (20 min EN)

A portrait of the Protection Desk Uganda, a project of Protection International in partnership with the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP).
Nora, Stephen, Helen, Yona and Martin are the team running the PDU, offering security and protection training and counseling to human rights defenders from 13 countries in the East and Horn of Africa sub-region.

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