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Vi skickar regelbundet brev eller uttalanden till beslutsfattare i Sverige och runt om i världen. Det gör vi för att belysa missförhållanden och utkräva ansvar när människors medborgerliga och politiska rättigheter har beskurits eller kränkts.

(English) Cambodia: Killing of Kem Ley Adds Grave Concern to the Deteriorating Human Rights Situation

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders joins 20 other local, regional and international civil society groups and networks in condemning the murder of Cambodian activist and political analyst Kem Ley in Phnom Penh on 10 July 2016. The signatories call for a prompt, thorough, impartial, and independent investigation into his death, and call on the authorities to ensure accountability for this atrocious killing.

(English) Statement: Myanmar Must Investigate Destruction of Religious Buildings

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(English) On 5 July, Civil Rights Defenders joins 18 other non-governmental organisations in Myanmar to call on the Government of Myanmar to conduct a formal investigation into the recent destruction of religious buildings in Kachin State and Bago Region. The statement represents a collective show of support from Myanmar civil society for victims of religiously motivated violence in the country. We call on the Government of Myanmar to live up to the aspirations of a democratic Myanmar with respect for human rights.

(English) UN Human Rights Council Puts Cambodia on Notice

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(English) At the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, Belgium, Japan, France, Switzerland, the United States, the United Kingdom and the EU all expressed concerns at the recent escalation of crackdown on civil society and the political opposition in Cambodia. In a joint statement highlighting this cross-regional condemnation, Civil Rights Defenders, together with Cambodian, regional and international human rights groups, call on Cambodian authorities to immediately release detained civil society and opposition members.

(English) Ethiopia: End use of counter-terrorism law to persecute dissenters and opposition members

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(English) Today, Civil Rights Defenders and eight other civil society organisations issue a joint statement calling on the Ethiopian government to end the use of counter-terrorism law to persecute dissenters and opposition members. We urge the Ethiopian Government to end its escalating crackdown on human rights defenders, independent media, peaceful protestors as well as members and leaders of the political opposition.

(English) Vietnam: Blogger Transferred to Remote Prison

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(English) The arbitrary transfer of political prisoner Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức to a remote prison does not comply with Vietnam’s obligations under international human rights law and standards, Civil Rights Defenders said today. Thức, who was an active blogger before his imprisonment, was transferred on 5 May to a prison about 1500 km away from where his immediate family is based. His family did not receive prior notice.

(English) Azerbaijan: Independent Media Under Unprecedented Attack

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(English) In a joint statement released today, Civil Rights Defenders condemns the Azerbaijani authorities’ crackdown on the independent media and other critical voices. We call on the Azerbaijani authorities to implement immediate and concrete steps to improve freedom of expression in the country, starting with the unconditional release of jailed journalists, bloggers, and other political prisoners.

(English) Vietnam: Alleged Torture of Tran Thi Hong Must be Investigated

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(English) In a joint statement released on 26 April, Civil Rights Defenders and several other civil society organisations call on Vietnam to carry out an investigation into allegations that Mrs. Tran Thi Hong was tortured on 30 March 2016 by the local authorities of Gia Lai Province, while in custody. We call on Vietnam to bring perpetrators to justice and provide reparations to Mrs. Tran Thi Hong.

Fallet Sinthu Selvarajah läggs ned – uttalande

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I dag kom nyheten att åklagaren än en gång lägger ner utredningen av hur det gick till när den psykosdrabbade, 28-åriga Sinthu Selvarajah dog i samband med ett polisingripande vid den psykiatriska avdelningen på Västmanlands läns sjukhus i december 2014 – trots att det finns en mängd oklarheter i fallet och den officiella dödsorsaken starkt ifrågasätts av rättsmedicinska experter. Civil Rights Defenders har för avsikt att driva fallet vidare.

(English) Stop Violations Against Kenyan Human Rights Defenders

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(English) Today Civil Rights Defenders forwarded a joint Letter of Concern to the Kenyan government regarding the arrest of Joel Ogada on March 14. Joel is a prominent Kenyan environmental Human Rights Defender and Natalia Project participant. We urge the Kenyan authorities to act accordingly and guarantee in all circumstances that Kenyan human rights defenders are able to carry out their work without fear of reprisals.

(English) Vietnam Should Cooperate with UN Human Rights Mechanisms

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(English) This week the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council begins in Geneva, Switzerland. Vietnam is in the final year of its three-year term as a council member. Yet its cooperation with UN human rights mechanisms remains weak. Arbitrary restrictions on civil and political rights in Vietnam are on-going, despite the country being a state party to multiple international human rights treaties.

(English) Grave Restrictions on Fundamental Human Rights

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(English) In a letter to the Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council, Civil Rights Defenders together with eight undersigned civil society organisations expressed their serious concerns about the Ethiopian Government’s grave restrictions on fundamental human rights. This has been exemplified by the recent crackdown on largely peaceful protests in the Oromia region.

(English) Vietnam: Call for Immediate Release of Prisoners of Conscience

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders along with six civil society organisations call on the Vietnamese authorities to immediately release two prisoners of conscience Nguyễn Văn Đài and Lê Thu Hà. They were arrested on 16 December 2015 and charged under Article 88 of the Penal Code for ‘Conducting propaganda against the state’. All efforts by family and legal counsel to visit the pair since their arrests have been denied.

Uttalande med anledning av samernas nationaldag

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Den 6 februari firas den samiska nationaldagen som i år infaller bara tre dagar efter att Gällivare tingsrätt utfärdade ett historiskt domslut i det uppmärksammade Girjasmålet. Civil Rights Defenders välkomnar beslutet, vilket ger samebyar rätt att råda över sina traditionella marker i enlighet med urfolksrätten, och uppmanar samtidigt till en tolkning som innebär att alla samers rättigheter respekteras.

Risk för kränkningar av utsatta EU-medborgares rättigheter – öppet brev

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I dag bjuder Civil Rights Defenders i ett öppet brev till regeringen in till dialog om utsatta EU-medborgares rättigheter i Sverige. Civil Rights Defenders är djupt oroad över den nationella samordnarens rapport om utsatta EU-medborgare i Sverige som överlämnades till regeringen den 1 februari. Om rapporten efterlevs riskerar kommuner och landsting att bryta mot konventioner om mänskliga rättigheter.

(English) Prominent LGBT Activist Charged Under Draconian Law

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(English) Prominent Russian LGBT activist Sergey Alexseenko and long-term partner of Civil Rights Defenders was found guilty under the archaic “propaganda of homosexuality” law, which, was introduced in 2013. The law bans the distribution of propaganda to minors, which promotes non-traditional sexual relationships, and its introduction followed several administrative sanctions in various regions throughout Russia before being passed at a Federal level. The Arkhangelsk region where Sergey Alexseenko is based was one of the first regions to introduce punitive sanctions.

(English) Myanmar: One Year On, No Justice for Kawng Kha Rape

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(English) One year ago today, two teachers volunteering with the Kachin Baptist Convention were attacked and killed at home in a local church compound in Kawng Kha Village. A year on, there has been little progress towards identifying the perpetrators of the brutal rape, torture and murder. This case demonstrates the pressing need for the country’s incoming leaders to address impunity in genuine efforts to tackle sexual violence in conflict.

(English) Remembering the Plight of Human Rights Defenders in Prison

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(English) On the eve of the arrest of investigative Journalist Khadiya Ismayilova Civil Rights Defenders and other members of the Sports for Rights coalition together with the Civic Society Platform call for the immediate and unconditional release from prison of all human rights defenders. Ismayilova is one of dozens of human rights defenders and political prisoners who have been incarcerated by the regime on politically motivated charges.

(English) Civil Society Urges Obama to Press for the Release of Thich Quang Do

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders along with numerous other civil society organisations in a letter to President Obama have called on him to press for the release of Vietnam’s most long standing prisoner of conscience Thich Quang Do. President Obama is due to attend the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum and the US – ASEAN and East Asia summits where he will have the opportunity to meet with Vietnamese leaders.

(English) Joint Statement of Concern on Draft Law on Religion

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders joins 26 civil society organizations in calling for Vietnam’s government to comprehensively revise the draft Law on Belief and Religion to comply with Vietnam’s obligations under international human rights law, and to do so through broad-based and inclusive consultation. In its present form, the draft law places limitations on freedom of religion or belief that extend beyond those permitted under international human rights law that is binding on Vietnam.

Stoppa avhysningen från boplatsen på Sorgenfri

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Upphäv beslutet att riva boplatsen på Sorgenfri i Malmö. Det kräver Civil Rights Defenders i ett öppet brev till Malmö stad och polisen Skåne den 30 oktober. På platsen bor omkring 200 EU-migranter och om beslutet drivs igenom innebär det att deras mänskliga rättigheter kommer att kränkas. Malmö stad har inte ordnat alternativa boenden för de personer som tvingas flytta och de har inte heller getts möjlighet att yttra sig.

(English) Vietnam: Restrictions on Freedom of Movement Violate Domestic and International Law

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(English) Authorities in Vietnam have blocked at least 33 human rights defenders and activists from freely travelling abroad or internally in the last six months, despite legal protection of the right to freedom of movement. Civil Rights Defenders considers these restrictions arbitrary and in violation of Vietnam’s obligations under its own Constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

(English) CAMBODIA: Open Letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UNHRC

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(English) Members of the UN Human Rights Council should address the deteriorating human rights situation in Cambodia during the upcoming council session. They should also extend the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, a coalition of International, regional and domestic human rights groups including Civil Rights Defenders writes in an open letter today.

Sport for Rights fördömer hårda domar mot Leyla och Arif Yunus

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Koalitionen Sport for Rights, i vilken Civil Rights Defenders ingår, uppmanar i ett uttalande att Leyla och Arif Yunus, tillsammans med andra fängslade journalister och människorättsförsvarare i Azerbajdzjan, omedelbart friges. Koalitionen kräver också fortsatt internationell uppmärksamhet på Azerbajdzjan och ökade insatser för att kunna ställa regimen inför rätta för människorättsbrott.

(English) Meydan TV Director Emin Milli Threatened for Critical Reporting on European Games

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders together with several other civil society organisations who are members of ”Sport for Rights” has issued a statement calling on the Azerbaijani authorities to put an end to their ongoing attempts to silence critical reporting. The statement follows after Meydan TV Director Emin Milli reported that he had received a threat from the Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sport, Azad Rahimov, in connection with his critical reporting on the European Games.

Sverige bör ta FN:s rekommendationer på större allvar

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I januari granskades hur mänskliga rättigheter respekteras i Sverige vid FN:s människorättsråd i den så kallade UPR-processen. Granskningen resulterade i en mängd rekommendationer om åtgärder Sverige bör vidta. Idag antar regeringen formellt rekommendationerna vid ett sammanträde i Genève men Civil Rights Defenders ser med stor oro på alla de centrala rekommendationer som Sverige valt att inte ta sig an.

(English) The EU Must Speak Out Against Repression of Freedom of Assembly in Cuba

(English) In a letter to Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy dated the 09th June 2015 Civil Rights Defenders and our partner The Forum for Rights and Freedoms urgently call on the EU and its member states to act immediately against the dangers currently faced by Cuban human rights defenders when exercising their basic freedoms.

(English) Joint Statement Calling for the Release of Vietnamese Prisoner of Conscience

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(English) Several human rights organizations call on the Vietnamese government to abide by their international and domestic obligations and immediately release Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, Vietnamese ICT entrepreneur and blogger. Tran Huynh Duy Thuc was arrested under the initial charge of “promoting anti-government propaganda” under Article 88 of the Vietnamese Penal Code for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Organisationer uppmanar till internationell solidaritet

Den 17 oktober, bara en vecka efter presidentvalet i Azerbajdzjan, förbjöds försäljningen av flera dagstidningar i Baku. En av dessa är dagstidningen Azadliq, en av få kvarvarande oppositionella nyhetskanaler i landet. ”Vi uppmanar landets rättsliga och polisiära myndigheter att upphöra med sin mediejakt och vi uppmanar till internationell solidaritet för tidningen”, säger Civil Rights Defenders och flera andra organisationer i ett gemensamt uttalande.

(English) Blogger sentenced to 9 years on trumped-up drug charges

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(English) Rashad Ramazanov, Azerbaijani blogger who criticized the authorities on Facebook and YouTube, was sentenced to nine years in prison on trumped-up drug charges. ”The Azerbaijani regime has given several famous dissidents long prison terms for alleged drug trafficking recently. This is a clear message to other voices who dare be critical”, said Joanna Kurosz, at Civil Rights Defenders.

(English) Election will not be credible unless people can criticise the government

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(English) In a joint call issued on the eve of the Presidential election, 22 human rights organisations and press freedom campaigners warn that the failure of the government of Azerbaijan to respect human rights, including freedom of expression, undermines the democratic legitimacy of the government. Azerbaijan should take immediate action to ensure fundamental rights are protected ahead of the election.

Nyhetsredaktör dömd till 5 års fängelse kort tid före presidentval

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Civil Rights Defenders fördömer den hårda domen mot Hilal Mammadov, oberoende nyhetsredaktör för tidningen Tilishi Sado i Azerbajdzjan. Bara veckor innan presidentvalet som hålls i Azerbajdzjan den 9 oktober dömdes Hilal Mammadov till fem års fängelse. Hans fall är det senaste i raden av rättsprocesser mot personer som utövar sin rätt till yttrandefrihet, mötesfrihet och föreningsfrihet.

(English) Rights to freedom of expression eroded even further

(English) The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan strongly condemns a series of repressive legislative amendments that Azerbaijan’s National Assembly adopted on 14 May 2013. “The amendments seek to ban criticism and increase the cost of dissent,” the undersigned organisations said. A report recently published by Civil Rights Defenders shows that repression of civil society has reached new lows.

Sapiyat Magomedova får årets Per Anger-pris

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Människorättsadvokaten Sapiyat Magomedova har tilldelats Sveriges regerings pris till Per Angers minne. I det våldsdrabbade Dagestan försvarar hon personer som utsatts för grova människorättsövergrepp. Hon tar sig an fall som andra advokater skulle avstå från av säkerhetsskäl och har vunnit rättsfall i en kontext där det är nästan omöjligt att göra det. För människorna i regionen har hon blivit en symbol för mod.

Uppmaning till EU att diskutera mänskliga rättigheter med Turkmenistan

Tillsammans med en grupp ledande människorättsorganisationer skickade vi ett brev till EU-kommissionens ordförande, José Manuel Barroso, och EU-kommissionären Günther Oettinger inför deras möte med Turkmenistans president Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. I brevet uppmanar vi EU:s representanter att ta upp frågan om de grova kränkningarna av människors grundläggande rättigheter som pågår i Turkmenistan.

Vitryssland pressas att förbättra yttrandefriheten

En grupp internationella yttrandefrihets- och medieorganisationer efterlyser i en ny gemensam rapport att Vitryssland ska reformera medielagstiftningen och avskaffa restriktioner för landets medier. I dag presenteras rapporten ”For Free and Fair Media in Belarus” för det svenska EU-ordförandeskapet. EU uppmanas att beakta rapporten när man fattar beslut om framtida reserestriktioner för diktatorn Aljaksandr Lukasjenka och […]

Förhoppningar om fredlig Pride i Belgrad

Det serbiska inrikesministeriet har lovat att skydda deltagarna i Prideparaden som äger rum den 20 september i Belgrad. Vi finns på plats för att se hur mycket kraft myndigheterna lägger bakom orden. I ett brev till den serbiske premiärministern, Mirko Cvetkovic, och till inrikesministern, Ivica Dacic, välkomnar Civil Rights Defenders de positiva steg som den serbiska regeringen har tagit på senare tid för att öka respekten […]