Human Rights Defenders

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Somalia : Laetitia Bader (EHAHRDP) - Situacion de derechos humanos en Somalia

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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Justice for Ernest Manirumva (english subtitles) - Part 1

On April 9th 2009 Ernest Manirumva, number two of OLUCOME, the main association fighting against corruption in Burundi, was assassinated, leaving Burundian civil society shocked and the international community concerned to the utmost. The FORSC, Forum for the reinforcement of civil society, immediately summoned its 146 member associations to launch the campaign "Justice for Ernest Manirumva". With their courage and tenacity, human rights defenders like Pacifique Nininahazwe, managing director of FORSC, maintain the case of Pacifique Nininahazwe on the national and international agenda.

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Justice for Ernest Manirumva (English subtitles) - Part 2

On April 9th 2009 Ernest Manirumva, number two of OLUCOME, the main association fighting against corruption in Burundi, was assassinated, leaving Burundian civil society shocked and the international community concerned to the utmost. The FORSC, Forum for the reinforcement of civil society, immediately summoned its 146 member associations to launch the campaign "Justice for Ernest Manirumva". With their courage and tenacity, human rights defenders like Pacifique Nininahazwe, managing director of FORSC, maintain the case of Pacifique Nininahazwe on the national and international agenda.

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Ethiopie : Laetitia Bader (Advocacy Officer - EHAHRDP) sur les défenseurs des droits humains

Depuis son adoption en 2009 en Ethiopie, la Proclamation relative aux organisations caritatives et associations a mis les défenseurs des droits humains dans une situation délicate. En effet, ce texte stipule que chaque organisation obtenant plus de 10% de son financement de l'étranger n'est plus autorisée à travailler dans le domaine des droits humains. Dans un pays aussi dépendant de l'aide extérieure que l'Ethiopie, cette décision crée un obstacle évident pour la protection des DDH.

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Trade Unionism in Turkey : "Living Like a Tree" (Part 2)

On 19 November 2009, in Izmir, a trial opened, with 22 trade unionists, from the public sector confederation KESK, accused of supporting a terrorist organisation -- the trial was postponed, and the issue is still not resolved. During the same period, in Tuzla shipyards in the suburb of Istanbul, the leaders of the dockers' trade union received death threats from a company manager, for defending workers who had been unlawfully sacked. Such pressures and judicial harassment are the daily lot of trade unionists and many human rights defenders in Turkey. This situation is not new.

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Trade Unionism in Turkey : "Living Like a Tree" (Part 1)

On 19 November 2009, in Izmir, a trial opened, with 22 trade unionists, from the public sector confederation KESK, accused of supporting a terrorist organisation -- the trial was postponed, and the issue is still not resolved. During the same period, in Tuzla shipyards in the suburb of Istanbul, the leaders of the dockers' trade union received death threats from a company manager, for defending workers who had been unlawfully sacked. Such pressures and judicial harassment are the daily lot of trade unionists and many human rights defenders in Turkey. This situation is not new.

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Colombia : Campaign for the right to defend defenders

In september 2009, Margaret Seggakya, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, launched the campaign for the right to defend defenders in Bogota. In Colombia, defenders, journalists, judges, unionists are often threatened and even murdered for their activities. In this video, several prominent actors of the struggle for human rights give their point of view on the current situation. Colombia: "Defend their rights" campaign (Spanish - English subtitles).

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Luis Guillermo Perez : a Colombian defender witnesses about fifteen years of human rights violations

Last May, the revelations regarding the continued surveillances operations carried out on the European soil by the Colombian Administrative Department of Security (D.A.S) were widely covered. Within this framework, one of the targets of this opration, Luis Guillermo Perez, a Colombian human rights defender, Secretary General of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and exiled in Belgium, revisits fifteen years of persecution, orchestrated by the Colombian Government and aiming at blocking his action of defender.

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Developed to provide human rights defenders with additional knowledge and tools useful for improving their understanding of security and protection. It is the result of over 25 years combined experience of PI’s members in working with HHRR and humanitarian law and in the protection of HRD. Available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Indonesian and Swahili.

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