• May 26, 2014
    A prominent human rights defender and three of her colleagues believed to be in the custody of an armed opposition group should immediately be freed, 45 civil society organizations said today. Razan Zeitouneh, Wael Hamada, Samira Khalil, and Nazem Hammadi were abducted on December 9, 2013, in Douma, a city outside Damascus under the control of a number of armed opposition groups.
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  • Apr 17, 2014
    Saudi authorities should immediately release prominent human rights activist Waleed Abu al-Khair and drop all charges against him.
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  • Mar 14, 2014
    The Syrian government, pro-government militias, and non-state armed groups should immediately release everyone they have arbitrarily arrested, abducted, and detained in the last three years for their peaceful, journalistic, and humanitarian activities. There have been new arbitrary detentions and abductions in Syria despite the United Nations Security Council’s resolution on February 22, 2014, demanding an end to those practices and the release of everyone who has been arbitrarily detained.
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  • Mar 14, 2014
    A new website, http://www.free-syrian-voices.org, being launched today by a group of international human rights groups, including Amnesty International, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Front Line Defenders, Human Rights Watch, and Reporters Without Borders, hopes to shed light on the plight of Syrian civil society activists including human rights defenders, media, and humanitarian workers who have been targeted for their work or peaceful activism.
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  • Jul 21, 2013
    The European Union should use its upcoming meeting with the Belarusian foreign minister to reinforce tough and principled human rights demands on the government.
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  • Jan 13, 2013
    Sudan should immediately rescind its decision to shut down four civil society organizations in Khartoum in December 2012. The government should allow independent groups to operate freely and conduct peaceful protests.
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  • Dec 13, 2012
    The space in Iran for civil society has been shrinking since the crackdown following the disputed presidential election in 2009, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Three-and-a-half years after government forces brutally suppressed largely peaceful anti-government demonstrations, hundreds of activists have sought temporary refuge and an uncertain future in neighboring Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan in the face of harassment and detention at home.
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  • Dec 13, 2012
    The space in Iran for civil society has been shrinking since the crackdown following the disputed presidential election in 2009, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Three-and-a-half years after government forces brutally suppressed largely peaceful anti-government demonstrations, hundreds of activists have sought temporary refuge and an uncertain future in neighboring Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan in the face of harassment and detention at home.
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  • Dec 6, 2012
    The Uzbek government should unconditionally release all of its political prisoners on the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the country’s constitution on December 8, 2012, human rights groups said today.
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  • Nov 22, 2012
    European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton should meet with human rights defenders and publicly call for the release of wrongfully imprisoned activists during her upcoming visit to Central Asia.
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