Human Rights Defenders

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Human rights defenders in Indonesia

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Voices that cannot be silenced: Pierre Claver Mbonimpa speaks out on Burundi

Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a leading Burundian human rights defender, speaks about surviving an assassination attempt and the dangers facing activists in Burundi.

On 3 August 2015, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa was shot in the face and neck as he returned home in his car from the office. He survived the attack and is currently living abroad.

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Honduras: “The law of the strongest”

In June 2009, a coup took place in Honduras.
According to the Truth Commission, which investigated over the past three years,both the regime of Roberto Micheletti and the current administration of Porfirio Lobo 
have used and still use terror 
as a means of social control.
Hundreds of human rights defenders 
were killed or physically attacked during the coup.
To counter 
this policy of terror, supporters of human rights defenders seek protection strategies.

 

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Norway’s Efforts to Support Human Rights Defenders

In 2010, Norway adopted a new set of guidelines with a view to intensifying its efforts in supporting human rights defenders. 
In June 2012, PI met with Ms Claire Hubert, First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Norway in Geneva, during the round table on National Policies for the Protection on HRDs. The event was organized by PI in cooperation with the Office of Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya, Special Rapporteur on the situation on HRDS. 

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Enrique Eguren, Chairperson of Protection International

Protection International and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya, held the roundtable “National mechanisms and national public policies for the protection of human rights defenders: Reflections on current developments and ways ahead” in Geneva, Switzerland, last 18 June.

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Arnold Tsunga Zimbabwe

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Ahmed Taajir : The world has forgotten Somalia

Ahmed Taajir was the Programme director of Somali Shabelle radio and TV.
On June 7th 2009, he had been seriously injured in an attack of “Al-Shaabab” group in Mogadishu while his colleague Moqtar Mohamed Hirabe died, shot several times in the chest and head. Following IFJ, Six journalists have been killed in Somalia in 2009. 

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Burundi/Belgium: Twinning between defender and MP

July 2010. While visiting Burundi to observe the general election there, Belgian sp.a deputy Dirk Van Der Maelen enquires about the sensitive situation of human rights defenders in the country.

There he meets Pacifique Nininahazwe, managing director of FORSC, Forum for Strengthening Civil Society in Burundi.

Pacifique has several times been threatened with death for his involvement in human rights protection.

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The Netherlands/China: Tulip Award 2011

The independent jury for the Dutch Human Rights Defenders Tulip has awarded the prize for 2011 to the Chinese activist Ni Yulan, 51.

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Burundi: Justice for Ernest Manirumva (English subtitles - higher quality)

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”.

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