Human Rights Defenders

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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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Irma Garcia Heredia EN

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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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Floribert Chebeya

 

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In recent years several governments have developed specific national mechanisms to protect defenders, all of them in countries seriously lacking in protection for human rights defenders. These mechanisms (laws, action policies, offices) have been established under pressure from (and with the cooperation of) national and international human rights organisations, with essential legal support from the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

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Protection International (PI) is pleased to present its first FOCUS report. FOCUS is a global observatory on public policies for human rights defenders’protection.

This publication is intended to provide detailed monitoring of developments in the field of national public policy associated with the protection of human rights defenders around the world.

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Foreword

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