Turkey: threats and attack of human rights lawyer Aytekin Aktaş and repression of the “Life Watch” movement (joint communication)
Official Letters and Statements
This is the summary of a communication sent to the Government of Turkey about the threats and attack of human rights lawyer Aytekin Aktaş and the repression of the “Life Watch” movement.
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Tunisia: restrictions against defenders, violence and reversal of gainsLatest Information
[English / العربية / Français] In a hearing with Tunisian human right defenders, I heard very worrying information about increasing restrictions on their work, danger to their physical safety, and the threat of reversals to significant gains made in fundamental rights in recent years.
Hearing with human rights defenders in the DRCLatest Information
Earlier this month, I held a hearing with human rights defenders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It was an opportunity for me to learn more about their work and the challenges they face as they go about promoting and protecting human rights.
Concerns for the situation of Quilombola defenders in BrazilLatest Information
Earlier this month, I participated in an event with human rights defenders from Quilombola communities in the Brazilian Amazon. The speakers talked about the tension under which Quilombola communities live, and the risks for those at forefront of efforts to defend their rights in the face of land-grabs and a predatory model of development.
Human Rights Defenders
Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) are people who act peacefully to promote or protect human rights in accordance with the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.
“Human rights defenders are ordinary people who do extraordinary things. They work peacefully for the rights of others and help build civil and just societies based on the rule of law.”
Mary Lawlor, Special Rapporteur on the situation of HRDsViolations committed against HRDs Submit Information on HRDs at risk