• Jun 23, 2014
  • 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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Human Rights Defenders

  • Jun 23, 2014
  • 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.
  • Apr 17, 2014
    Saudi authorities should immediately release prominent human rights activist Waleed Abu al-Khair and drop all charges against him.
  • Mar 15, 2014
    Since Iran’s last Universal Periodic Review by the Human Rights Council in 2009, the government’s rights record and its level of cooperation with international rights institutions, particularly organs of the United Nations, has remainedpoor. Some of the thousands of protesters, political opposition members, and activists unlawfully arrested following the 2009 election remain in detention, including opposition figures and former 2009 presidential candidates Mir HosseinMousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. Authorities have held Mousavi, Karroubi, and Mousavi’s wife Zahra Rahnavard under house arrest since February 2011 without charge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Feb 19, 2014
  • 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.
  • Jan 16, 2013
    When the new Somali president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, took office in September, the United States encouraged him to “usher in a new era of governance that is responsive, representative, and accountable.” This week, President Hassan Sheikh is in Washington to discuss how to get this done.
  • 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.