Human Rights Defenders

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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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Nepal: Jeetman Basnet, 258 dark days (9min40 EN)

Jitman Basnet, human rights defender and journalist from Nepal had been arrested by the army in 2004, and was held for almost nine months in a Kathmandu army barrack, where he was tortured. After having been released, he wrote a book, 258 Dark Days, which is an account of his own experiences and also of the accounts he heard from other detainees. Since the book was published, he has been threatened and forced to exile.

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Ethiopia: Yoseph Mulugeta winner of the Human Rights Watch 2010 Alison Des Forges Award (3min37 EN)

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The Netherlands/Honduras : Tulip Award 2010 (2min27 EN)

In November 2010, the Dutch government awarded the 2010 Human Rights Tulip Award to Bertha Oliva de Nativí of Honduras, for her struggle for the rights of relatives of people who "disappeared" in Honduras between 1979 and 1989.

Selected among 170 nominees, Mrs Oliva founded with other women who had lost close family members the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras (Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras, COFADEH) in 1982, one year after her husband was arrested and then disappeared.

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Mexico : Impunity for the assassination of Jyri Jaakkola and Bety Cariño (4min25 EN)

On 27 April 2010, Jyri Jaakkola, a Finnish international observer, was shot dead as he was on his way to San Juan Copala, a village of Triqui indigenous people which has declared itself as an autonomous municipality. The attack is thought to have been perpetrated by UBISORT, a paramilitary group. Bety Cariño, human rights defender from the local organization CACTUS has also been assassinated.

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Somalia : Laetitia Bader (Advocacy Officer - EHAHRDP) on human rights protection and the need of a deeper involvement by the EU

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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The Netherlands: “Human Rights and New Media” (6 min 35 EN)

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