Front Line Defenders Global Analysis 2018 on HRDs

Global Analysis 2018, the annual Front Line Defenders Global Analysis, details the physical assaults, defamation campaigns, digital security threats, judicial harassment, and gendered attacks faced by HRDs and women human rights defenders (WHRDs). December 2018 marked the 20th Anniversary of the HRD Declaration and the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but HRDs around the world continue to face lethal threats from state, non-state, and corporate actors in their peaceful struggles for rights.

Nobel peace prize winner calls on Congolese government to quit

Dr Denis Mukwege hits out at violence and failure to protect women in his home country Dr Denis Mukwege talks to the media after his Nobel peace prize win, at the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photograph: Reuters The Congolese doctor named the joint winner of this year’s Nobel peace prize Read more about Nobel peace prize winner calls on Congolese government to quit[…]

Peacetime Spells Death for Colombia’s Activists

After signing a peace deal with its largest rebel group, the FARC, the country saw its homicide rate fall to the lowest point in decades. Now killings are on the rise. Relatives and friends carrying the coffin of Holmes Niscué, an indigenous leader killed on August 19, in the mountains near Tumaco, Colombia.CreditCreditFederico Rios Escobar Read more about Peacetime Spells Death for Colombia’s Activists[…]

Mauritanian presidential hopeful arrested amid fears of political foul play

Campaigners voice concern over imprisonment of anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid on eve of legislative elections A prominent Mauritanian anti-slavery activist has been taken into custody before legislative elections next month in what rights groups fear is a politically-motivated move to silence opposition. Biram Dah Abeid, who heads Mauritania’s Initiative for the Resurgence of the Read more about Mauritanian presidential hopeful arrested amid fears of political foul play[…]