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Conviction of former General involved in disappearances of activists important step for justice

In September 2018, the courts convicted retired army General Jovito Palparan, nicknamed "The Butcher" and sentenced him to life imprisonment for the kidnapping of two leftist student activists in 2006. Read more

Conviction of former General involved in disappearances of activists important step for justice

UN fact-finding mission finds serious crimes fuelled by the silencing of critical voices

In August 2018, a fact-finding mission report on Myanmar found that violence and human rights violations, including in Kachin, Rakhine, and Shan states, “are fuelled by the silencing of critical voices by the Myanmar authorities”. Read more

UN fact-finding mission finds serious crimes fuelled by the silencing of critical voices

Two women arrested as protestors continue to oppose detention of migrant families

On 19th August the Brussels police arrested two women as they protested bare-chested on the flower carpet at Brussels Grand-Place against the Federal Government’s decision to detain migrant children in a closed centre in Steenokkerzeel. Read more

Two women arrested as protestors continue to oppose detention of migrant families

Civil society welcomes Supreme Court ruling over same-sex marriage

Representatives of the LGBTI community in Costa Rica welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice declaring that the country's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Read more

Civil society welcomes Supreme Court ruling over same-sex marriage

Photojournalist Shahidul Alam still in jail and a hundred charged, a month after student protests

In early August 2018, police used excessive force, including firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse peaceful demonstrations in Dhaka which were triggered by the killing of two teenagers by a speeding bus . Protesters were also attacked by youth wing of the ruling party.. Since then around a hundred individuals have been charged Read more

Photojournalist Shahidul Alam still in jail and a hundred charged, a month after student protests

Thousands participate in the Women's march, while LGBTIQ group loses observer status with the ACHPR

Coalition of African Lesbiansis stripped of its observer status at the African Commission, under instructions from the AU, while several marches and protests are reported during this period. Read more

Thousands participate in the Women's march, while LGBTIQ group loses observer status with the ACHPR

An ever-closing space for dissent: India cracks down on human rights defenders

On 28th August 2018, five Indian HRDs were arrested in a series of raids. Sudha Bharadwaj in Faridabad, Gautam Navlakha in Delhi, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira in Mumbai, and P. Varavara Rao in Hyderabad were among the prominent HRDs detained in the crackdown. Reports note that there may have been some unconfirmed raids and Indian authorities have signalled that further arrests could follow. Read more

An ever-closing space for dissent: India cracks down on human rights defenders

Saudi authorities detain women human rights defenders in latest crackdown

Dozens of women's rights HRD's are arrested and detained for campaigning for women's rights, including the ban on driving, while authorities seek the first ever death sentence by beheading for a woman activist. Read more

 Saudi authorities detain women human rights defenders in latest crackdown