(Svenska) Yttrande över “Nästa steg – förslag för en stärkt minoritetspolitik” (SOU 2017:60)
(Svenska) Läs Civil Rights Defenders yttrande över utredningen “Nästa steg – förslag för en stärkt minoritetspolitik”.
(Svenska) Läs Civil Rights Defenders yttrande över utredningen “Nästa steg – förslag för en stärkt minoritetspolitik”.
(Svenska) Civil Rights Defenders välkomnar översynen av hur arbetet mot diskriminering kan organiseras och effektiviseras i syfte att säkerställa goda förutsättningar för personer som utsätts för diskriminering att ta till vara sina rättigheter. Vi beklagar dock att syftet, med dess fokus på personer som utsatts för diskriminering, kommit i skymundan i utredningens analyser och förslag.
Over the last few years, Natalia Project – the world’s first assault alarm and positioning system for human rights defenders at risk – has grown significantly. Today, the project includes more than 100 human rights defenders from four continents. One of the participants is Phyllis Omido who works to protect human rights in Kenya. “Natalia Project has freed me from fear, so I can amplify the voice of my people knowing that someone is watching over me”, says Phyllis.
(Svenska) Regeringen har under de senaste åren tillsatt ett flertal statliga utredningar för att se över integritetsskyddet i Sverige. En av dessa utredningar, integritetskommittén, lämnade nyligen sitt delbetänkande “Hur står det till med den personliga integriteten (SOU 2016:41)?”. Civil Rights Defenders välkomnar kommitténs kartläggning av tillståndet för den personliga integriteten, men invänder mot vissa av utredningens slutsatser.
(Svenska) I bekämpandet av brottslighet utgör häktning det mest ingripande tvångsmedlet mot en person som misstänks för brott. Regeringen gav därför i juli 2015 en särskild utredare i uppdrag att lämna förslag som ska minska användningen av bland annat häktning. Utredningen föreslår till exempel en begränsning av häktningstiderna, lagstiftad rätt till mänsklig kontakt och särskilda regler för frihetsberövade barn. Här kan du läsa Civil Rights Defenders synpunkter på utredningen.
(Svenska) Dagarna efter presidentvalet i USA har en rad viktiga amerikanska tidningar, ”mainstream media”, fått ägna sig åt självkritiska betraktelser, en plågsam mea culpa, över hur de har rapporterat och analyserat valkampanjen. De hade uppenbarligen inte förstått vilken ilska som en stor del av den amerikanska väljarkåren känt, främst på landsbygden och i små städer och byar men även allmänt i vit lägre medelklass, och de hade då inte tagit på fullt allvar kraften i Trumps kandidatur.
Civil Rights Defenders is an independent expert organisation founded in 1982 in Sweden, with the mission to defend people’s civil and political rights and empower human rights defenders at risk. We have a presence on four continents and are active in some of the world’s most repressive regions. By working in collaboration with 200 local partners and focusing on innovation, the goal is to achieve long-term sustainable change. Watch the video about Civil Rights Defenders and learn more about the impact of our work.
(Svenska) I delbetänkandet “Polis i framtiden” föreslås att den nuvarande grundutbildningen till polisman ska omformas till en treårig högskoleutbildning. Civil Rights Defenders välkomnar förslaget, men vi är kritiska till att utredningen överhuvudtaget inte belyser vikten av att enskilda poliser besitter adekvat kunskap om sina skyldigheter att respektera mänskliga rättigheter. Vi har också en rad synpunkter på hur utredningen genomförts och förslag på ytterligare åtgärder.
We welcome one intern to the Department for Latin America. The intern will assist the Programme Director in the daily work. The tasks are varied and include writing articles, manage administrative work, to follow the political development in the region as well as planning and conducting activities in Sweden and abroad. Please send us your application no later than April 30, 2016.
On Thursday the 7th of April we announce the winner of this year’s Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award. The recipient of the prize is a human rights defender who, despite the risk to his or her own safety, continues to strive to ensure that other people’s civil and political rights are protected. The prize is handed out at the open session of Defenders’ Days.
For the fourth time in succession this year, Civil Rights Defenders opens the doors to Defenders’ Days! We welcome 160 human rights defenders from all over the world to attend the conference and to enjoy the opportunities for networking and sharing experiences. Furthermore, we have invited some of the world’s foremost human rights expert to host a wide variety of trainings, workshops and presentations.
“This law will have far reaching consequences for the people who depend on the judgements of international human rights courts to get moral and financial redress. In the North Caucasus region of Russia for example, thousands of victims and their families have benefitted from the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, having received compensation for extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and other grave human rights abuses”, said Joanna Kurosz, Programme Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
(Svenska) Regeringen beslutade 2012 att tillkalla en särskild utredare med uppdrag att göra en översyn av lagen med särskilda bestämmelser om vård av unga (LVU). Utredningens huvuduppgift har varit att stärka barnrättsperspektivet i tvångsvården för barn och unga och i vissa andra delar av den sociala barn- och ungdomsvården. Civil Rights Defenders och Nationell Samverkan för Psykisk Hälsa har skrivit ett gemensamt yttrande om utredningen.
(Svenska) Civil Rights Defenders och Nationell Samverkan för Psykisk Hälsa har skrivit ett gemensamt yttrande över Bergwallkommissionens förslag. Kommissionen har haft i uppdrag att utreda och redovisa rättsväsendets och vårdens agerande i samband med de brottmålsprocesser som ledde till att Sture Bergwall dömdes för åtta mord. Vi välkomnar utredningen och är i stort positiva till dess förslag, men ytterligare åtgärder behöver vidtas.
President Aleksander Lukashenka has pardoned six imprisoned opposition figures, including Nikolai Statkevich who was jailed after running against him for the presidency in 2010. Lukashenka, is running for a fifth consecutive term in the Presidential elections in October and has been at the helm since 1994, crushing all opposition activities.
Since 2000 the human rights situation worsened in Russia and has greatly deteriorated since Putin was reinstalled as President of Russia in 2012. State repression over the past few years became more sophisticated as legislation was adopted to discredit and/or attack human rights defenders. New laws restricting the rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association have been introduced since Putin’s re-election. Russian authorities have made efforts to control and limit the last available channels for freedom of speech – Internet and social media through two new laws introduced in 2014.
As of today, Rajmonda Sylbije is participating in Natalia Project. Rajmonda is the Executive Director of the Centre for Equality and Liberty in Kosovo (CEL Kosova). Homophobia remains a big issue in Kosovo and LGBT people are often victims of both verbal and physical attacks.
The Civil Rights Defender of the year, Ms. Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh, is Coordinator for the Vietnamese Bloggers Network and well known for her use of social media to speak out against human rights abuses in Vietnam.
Civil Rights Defenders is organising a public discussion about the newly adopted Law on Public Peace and Order in Republika Srpska (BiH). How will the law influence independent media, civil society organisations and the state of human rights and freedom of speech in Republika Srpska and the whole Bosnia and Herzegovina? Is the law protecting public peace and order or the authorities? Join us and take part in the debate!
Who is filing the lawsuit against the state – Civil Rights Defenders or the people in the register? We act as legal representatives to 11 of the 4700 individuals who were registered by the police. Who do you represent? 11 individuals, (three of whom are minors) all of whom were registered by the Skåne police. […]
(Svenska) Seminarium om migration i dagens Latinamerika. Inledning av Erik de la Reguer, DN:s korrespondent i Latinamerika under flera år och aktuell med boken Gränsbrytarna. Kommentarer av Lisa Pelling, migrationsexpert och utredningschef på Arena Idé och Erik Jennische, programchef för Latinamerika på Civil Rights Defenders. Välkommen!
With Myanmar at a crossroads between political reforms and military rule, Civil Rights Defenders invites you to listen to Maung Zarni, exiled Burmese democracy advocate, human rights campaigner and visiting lecturer on racism, violence and genocides at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School.
(Svenska) Den 26 januari granskas Sverige i den så kallade UPR-processen i Genève. Då får vi veta hur FN ser på eventuella framsteg och tillbakagångar, samt vilka rekommendationer Sverige får från andra medlemsländer. I och med att Sverige granskas bjuder Civil Rights Defenders in till ett seminarium i riksdagen, den 2 februari. Sex experter från det civila samhället diskuterar granskningen. Vi behöver din anmälan senast den 30 januari.
(Svenska) Den 17 december 2014, efter 18 månader av hemliga samtal, slöt USA och Kuba ett avtal som medför en historisk avspänning i ländernas relationer. Vilka blir effekterna av denna överenskommelse och hur kommer den att påverka relationen inte bara mellan USA och Kuba utan mellan supermakten och Latinamerika i stort? Den 14 januari deltar Erik Jennische, Civil Rights Defenders programchef för Latinamerika, i ett panelsamtal på Latinamerikainstitutet om dessa brinnande frågor.
In a joint letter written by our partner Promo-Lex to the Prime Minister of Moldova and other influential organisational bodies Civil Rights Defenders along with several other influential human rights organisations have raised their concerns regarding the situation for Human Rights Defenders in the break away territory of Transnistria.
(Svenska) Den 10 december på internationella dagen för mänskliga rättigheter väljer vi att uppmärksamma Samers rättigheter och de pågående människorättskränkningar som en av Sveriges fem nationella minoriteter vittnar om. Hör Marie Persson från Stoppa Gruvan i Rönnbäck samt ledamot i Sametinget belysa människorättssituationen för Sveriges urfolk i Sápmi.
On 4 December we invite, Sanzhar Kurmanov, the Interim Director of the Kyrgyz organisation Labrys and, Kirill Koroteev, the Senior Lawyer from the Russian organisation Memorial HRC to a seminar on how Russia is a trendsetter for Post-Soviet Republics who imitates its repressive legislation.
The Right Livelihood Award Foundation, Civil Right Defenders, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), Church of Sweden, Kvinna till Kvinna, Amnesty Sweden and CineMondo invite you to a discussion with two of the 2014 Right Livelihood Award Laureates.
Civil Rights Defenders together with Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation
welcome you to a lecture with the Director of Andrei Sakharov Museum in Moscow, Sergei Lukashevsky.
(Svenska) Tidigare i år bekräftade en rapport från Arena Idé att svensk polis väljer ut personer och kontrollerar deras identitet enbart på grundval av deras etniska utseende. Detta trots att etnisk profilering är förbjudet enligt internationell och svensk lag. Det är uppenbart att lagstiftning inte räcker. Andra verktyg behövs för att åstadkomma förändring. För såväl aktivister som poliser finns mycket att lära av erfarenheter och framgångar i USA och Storbritannien.
(Svenska) Den 4 november bjuder Civil Rights Defenders, MR-fonden och Latinamerika Institutet in till ett kvällsseminarium med fokus på våld, politik och det civila samhälle inom det interamerikanska systemet för mänskliga rättigheter. Ett systemet som genomgått en dramatisk förändring under de senaste åren. Välkommen!
After 1,052 days in prison Ales Bialiatski was granted an amnesty on June 21 of this year and immediately resumed his work as a human rights defender and President of Viasna. In cooperation with Östgruppen, Civil Rights Defenders invites you to meet with Ales on October 24 where you can hear about the current situation in Belarus and the country’s relationship with neighboring Russia and Ukraine.
(Svenska) Civil Rights Defender Rysslandsexpert Cecilia Rosing deltar den 15 oktober i ett seminarium om den patriotism och de konservativa familjevärderingar som aktivt underblåses av den ryska regimen och vilka konsekvenser detta har för landets sexuella minoriteter? Frukostseminariet är ett samtal om homo-, bi-, och transsexuellas situation i Ryssland.
The writer Emin Milli published critical articles about Azerbaijan’s government – an act that was punished with imprisonment for two and a half years. Today, he lives in exile determined to show the true colours of the regime in Azerbaijan to the world. We invite you to a seminar with Emin focusing on the crack down against human rights defenders in Azerbaijan.
Civil Rights Defenders is a proud supporter and co-organiser of Belgrade Pride 2014 that is set to begin on 22 September and end 28 September with a Pride March. The event is an attempt for the LGBTQ community in Serbia to practice its freedom of peaceful assembly.
Since the military coup three months ago, Thailand has introduced a ban on political gatherings; politicians and activists have been arrested, and media censored. In the light of these developments, we invite Thai human rights defender and Internet activist Arthit Suriyawongkul to talk about the present state of freedom of expression and how human rights defenders can operate under these conditions.
On 2 August Civil Rights Defenders will march at Stockholm Pride Parade 2014. While we have supported many causes at Pride in the past, this year will mark our first representation at the Parade as an human rights organisation and we invite you to come join us!
(Svenska) Civil Rights Defenders och Expo bjuder in till ett seminarium på Stockholm Pride där vi kommer att diskutera normer kring sexualitet, etnicitet, religion och funktionsnedsätting ur ett minoritetsperspektiv – och vad mänskliga rättigheter har med saken att göra.
Civil Rights Defenders is issuing an open call for participation in a video-sprint event, which is scheduled to take place in Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia in October 2014. The events will be organised by Civil Rights Defenders in partnership with Youth Initiative for Human Rights Serbia as part of the “Video for Change” project supported by the Swedish Institute within their Creative Force Programme.
For four days, over 120 human rights defenders from some of the world’s most repressive societies will gather in Stockholm for what promises to be one of the highlights on the human rights calendar for 2014. Defenders’ Days is a unique event where interactive training sessions are accompanied by inspirational elements by guests like Jacob Appelbaum.
Tomás Ojea Quintana , the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar , recently left Myanmar after their last field trip to the country. He describes the ongoing reforms as a positive step towards democracy in Myanmar , while stressing the remaining challenges .ome and listen to a breakfast seminar with Tomás Ojea Quintana on March 20, when he talks about future challenges for human rights in Myanmar and the role the international community can play in addressing these challenges .
In the breakaway region on Moldova’s eastern border with Ukraine, the socio-political environment in the Transnistria region remains highly repressive. In this unrecognized territory authorities act with impunity. There is little respect for the rule of law, and fundamental human rights are routinely violated. 12 March the Executive Director of Promo-LEX Association, Ion Manole, will present an assessment of the current human rights situation in Transnistria and address these grave violations.
Today we will celebrate the work and achievements of Ales Bialiatski, a brave human rights defender from Belarus, by handing out the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award during Defenders’ Days in Stockholm. The award ceremony can be viewed via our Bambuser channel. Tune in right now! #defendersdays
As a response to criticism on Russia’s deteriorating human rights record, president Vladimir Putin recently signed an amnesty releasing the country’s most famous political prisoners, among them Mikhail Chodorokovsky and two Pussy Riot members. But others stay behind bars. Welcome to Civil Rights Defenders seminar to hear the story about Russia behind the Sochi charm offensive.
Siarhei Androsenka became a police target when 71 activists from all over Belarus signed a application in the attempt to register the organisation Gay Belarus with the authorities. It didn’t take long until the regime responded. Activists were called in for questioning and police conducted raids on gay clubs in Minsk and Vitebsk. Others were stopped at the border and had their belongings searched. In at least one case, a member of the organisation was beaten in a police station. Hear Siarhei talk about the situation for LGBT people in Belarus and how it feels being forced into exile.
Welcome to this year’s most important conference focusing on human rights, the Human Rights Forum, held 14-16 November at Kulturhuset in Stockholm. Civil Rights Defenders are showing a photo exhibition portraying human rights defenders from different parts of the world who risk a lot defending our rights.
Over the past several years, Russia has adopted a series of laws that has impeded the work of NGO’s and severely worsened the overall human rights climate in the country. Freedoms of expression, assembly and association are constantly under threat and the increasing discrimination and aggression towards ethnic minorities, migrants, and the LGBT community is a real and serious on-going problem. Racism, homophobia and xenophobia are widespread among ordinary people and instigated in most cases by the Russian state.
(Svenska) Regeringen antog 2012 en strategi för romsk inkludering i det svenska samhället som sträcker sig fram till år 2032. Det övergripande målet är att romer som föds idag ska ha samma rättigheter som andra år 2032. Mot bakgrund av vad som avslöjats om polisens registrering av romer, har Civil Rights Defenders bjudit in Rosario Ali Taikon, statsvetare och nationalekonom som sedan mer än 10 år varit aktiv i arbetet med romers rättigheter, för att diskutera regeringens strategi för romsk inkludering.
Recently, legislation has been introduced by undemocratic regimes that have restricted civil society to operate freely. In Russia, organisations of civil society to register as foreign agents. In Ethiopia organisations ways to spend their own money is regulated.
In Russia, LGBT people are exposed to discrimination and attacks. Recently, the country adopted a federal law that prohibits “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships.” During Stockholm Pride, Civil Rights Defenders organises an exhange program between Rusisan parents and the Swedish network Proud parents. Seminar at Pride House, 2 August 13:00-14:45.
(Svenska) Dagens Burma präglas inte bara av positiv förändring. Den här kortfilmen (10 min) som premiärvisas under Almedalsveckan, visar en annan utveckling – etnisk rensning pågår, delvis i det tysta. I juni 2012 utbröt våldsamheter mellan etniska grupper i delstaten Rakhine i västra Burma. Därefter har våld blossat upp, i huvudsak mot medlemmar av folkgruppen Rohingya, men också mot andra muslimer.
(Svenska) Under Almedalsveckan i Visby debatterar Civil Rights Defenders två viktiga frågor på människorättsområdet. På måndagen diskuteras yttrandefrihet med hemliga gäster och på onsdagen premiärvisar vi filmen “Statslösa i sitt eget hemland – om konflikten i västra Burma” om våld, förföljelse och segregering som drabbat minoritetsgruppen Rohingya i Burma.
29 May: Welcome to a panel discussion on the state of civil society in Russia and Belarus. Two human rights defenders from Russia and two from Belarus to discuss the recent strengthening of the legal framework for human rights work and give their analysis of future scenarios.
On 24 November 2011, Ales Bialiatski, Chariman of the human rights organisation Viasna, was sentenced for tax evasion to four and a half years in prison and confiscation of property. Do not to leave him alone in prison, send him a message to help him keep his spirits high. He needs to know that people care.
A year ago Swedish TV viewers’ attention was directed towards Azerbaijan; and wile the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Baku, the regime’s human rights violations continued in the backyard. Today, the lights have gone out but the repression of civil society has reached new lows. On 14 May, Civil Rights Defenders will release a report on the situation of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan. Listen to Vugar Goyajev’s presentation of the findings of the report.
Google, Civil Rights Defenders, Europol, Privacy International and Transparency International are inviting to the Big Tent on Freedom and Safety Online. In the discussion leading figures in government, civil society, technology and the media to debate hot topics at the intersection of individual rights and fighting crime.
Serbia, Hungary and the Czech Republic have all come a long way from the time when communism was overthrown. But the path from transition to consolidation of democracy is long and difficult. Where do we stand today, in the three countries? What can we learn from the past? Four panellists will share their analysis and thoughts: Borka Pavicevic and Tanja Petovar from Serbia, Jan Urban from the Czech Republic and Miklos Haraszti from Hungary.
Defenders’ Days – Empowering Human Rights Defenders at Risk, 2-5 April 2013 2-5 April 2013, Civil Rights Defenders is arranging the conference “Defenders’ Days – Empowering Human Rights Defenders at Risk” in Stockholm, with and for human rights defenders from the world’s most repressive countries and regions. Programme Our aim is to create a forum for […]
Burma/Myanmar is opening up after decades of military dictatorship, isolation and conflict. Rich natural resources and low production costs attract international companies. In the process there is a real risk that human rights may be disregarded. Hear Donna Guest, leading expert on human rights in Burma, speak about the challenges facing investors.
As recognition for his work promoting free expression in Ethiopia, Mesfin Negash, together with 40 other journalists and writers, has received the Hellman/Hammett award for 2012. The award is administrated by Human Rights Watch and given to writers who are subject to political persecution and human rights abuses. After being threatened by the authorities, Mesfin Negash fled Ethiopia in 2009 and today he continues his work for human rights in exile from Sweden.
As the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 is disappearing from people’s minds, the Azeri government has put all its efforts on controlling freedom of expression, assembly and association in the country. Rasul Jafarov is Chairman of the Human Rights Club and Campaign Coordinator for Sing for Democracy, hear him speak about human rights in Azerbaijan. Special guest: Loreen.
(Svenska) Det andra Tjetjenienkriget bröt ut 1999 strax efter att Rysslands president Jeltsin utsett Vladimir Putin till premiärminister för att bana väg för honom som sin efterträdare. Hanteringen av Tjetjenienkonflikten kom alltså att bli en tung fråga under Putins första mandatperiod. Ett halvår efter att Putin nu åter blivit president ställs frågan om resultaten av Putins Tjetjenienpolitik och om den har förändrats.
In May 2012, Vladimir Putin became President of Russia again. Since then, a series of laws that impede the work of human rights defenders have been adopted and in the North Caucasus the human rights violations continue. Civil Rights Defenders have gathered some of the most prominent experts on the North Caucasus to talk about how human rights are affected by Vladimir Putin’s return to Presidency.
The North Caucasian republic of Dagestan is one of the most dangerous places for lawyers in Russia today. In this region, Sapiyat Magomedova defends victims of grave human rights violations; like enforced disappearances, extra judicial killings and torture. She has taken on cases that many lawyers would reject due to security reasons, and althought it is considered almost impossible, she has won several of them.
The islamophobic ideology, based on the fear that Europe will develop into Eurabia, inspired Anders Behring Breivik to move from thought to action. What have we learned from the terrible terrorist attacks on 22 July 2011, and what challenges lie ahead in the fight against extremism? Welcome to one hour of human rights!
Until 1993 persons with disabilities were invisible, kept in institutions, and no one talked about their rights. Today the issue is less controversial but Blerta Cani Drenofci, Executive Director of Albanian Disability Rights Foundation, says she her choice of career has often been questioned: “In the beginning I met a lot of ignorance. My friends were surprised that I wanted to work with this issue.”
(Svenska) Robert Hårdh, chef för Civil Rights Defenders, deltar i en diskussion om bojkottverktyget som politiskt vapen.
(Svenska) Om ordens yttre gränser och individens rätt i media. Redaktör Henrik C Enbohm och Robert Hårdh, Civil Rights Defenders deltar i diskussionen som arrangeras av Litterarurresan/Belarus.
This year Albania participated in Paralympics for the first time ever. But the obstacles that Albanians with disabilities must face are still high. Their human rights are violated on a daily basis and a person with disabilities is commonly regarded as a ‘misfortune’. Welcome to a seminar on September 26 with Blerta Çani Drenofci, Executive Director at Albanian Disability Rights Foundation.
In recent months, several journalists have been arrested and harassed because of their work in Belarus. Lukashenka’s purpose is clear – to silence critical voices before the parliamentary elections on 23 September. View the seminar with Julia Slutskaya, Head of the Solidarity with Belarus Information Office in Warsaw, through our Bambuser channel.
(Svenska) Många länder har inte skrivit in mänskliga rättigheter i grundlagen. Du kan skriva in det i ditt testamente. När du testamenterar till Civil Rights Defenders kan du ange ett visst belopp eller till exempel tavlor, värdepapper eller en fastighet. Vi använder sedan din gåva där den gör mest nytta i vårt arbete för en fredligare och rättvisare värld.
About 60.000 people were forcibly evicted in Cambodia in 2011 alone, local human rights group ADHOC reports. Those who refuse to abandon their house or dare to demonstrate face risk of arrest or violence, and human rights defenders working on housing rights are persecuted. In a country where many non-governmental organisations are afraid to support human rights issues, Ee Sarom, and his organisation, stands tall. ”Sometimes I am scared but I have to do my job”, says Ee Sarom.
All our videos are now available on the website. Listen to Zdravko Cimbaljec – Montenegro’s first gay person – talk about his decision to come out, and hear Lilya Ten, from the organisation Labrys, speak about the situation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Kyrgyzstan. All this in the video Talking about pride pt.1.
In May, police arrested 15 human rights defenders in Phnom Penh. Within days, 13 of them had been convicted to each 2.5 years in prison in an unfair trial. In the past several years, they have carried out peaceful protests against forced evictions and unlawful expropriation of land. Ee Sarom at Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) tells his story about the “Free the 15” and the increasingly tough conditions for human rights defenders in Cambodia, in this autumn’s first seminar in our series “One hour of human rights”!
Two years ago, an unfamiliar man attacked Zdravko Cimbaljevic. The hate crime led Zdravko to openly speak about his homosexuality in the press, thereby becoming Montenegro’s first open homosexual. Since then, he is subject to constant threats. It is a difficult task to change the attitude towards LGBT people in a country where about 70 per cent of the population believes that homosexuality is a disease: “I don’t ask everybody to love us, just not to attack me or violate my rights.”
Natalia Estemirova was one of the leading human rights defenders in the North Caucasus. Working for Civil Rights Defender’s partner, Human Rights Centre Memorial, she investigated cases of grave human rights violations in Chechnya. In 2009 she was murdered. Her death is most likely connected to her human rights work, which many considered put her at risk.
Eight years ago Anastasia Danilova moved from Russia to Moldova to be with her girlfriend. Today, as the Executive Director of GENDERDOC-M, she uses her personal experience of being discriminated in the work for human rights. “I am ready to stand up for anybody’s rights, even of those who fight us, like religious minorities. I believe in justice, and equality is a prerequisite for justice.”
The perception about the human rights situation in Ethiopia differs depending on if you ask the Government, the citizens, local human rights defenders or the International community. Welcome to a seminar on May 30 with the independent journalist Mesfin Negash, who was forced to go into exile because of his work.
A new law prohibiting ”propaganda” for homosexuality was recently passed in St Petersburg’s local parliament. Similar laws have already been passed in Ryazan, Arkhangelsk and Kostroma, and there is a ongoing discussion about introducing propaganda laws on a federal level. Listen to Anastasia Smirnova and Alexandra Semenova about how the laws came about and how they affect the work for human rights, on Friday May 25.
Civil Rights Defenders in collaboration with Media Center Belgrade and Olof Palme Center, invite you to a series of quick panels with over 30 experts from civil society organizations, media and research institutes. Important questions concerning the electoral system, corruption, human rights, justice and equality in Serbia will be discussed. Date: 6th May 2012th Time: […]
Being one of Ethiopia’s very few independent journalists, Mesfin Negash was harrassed by the government to the limit that he had to go into exile. Today he lives in Sweden but continues to spread news about human rights and politics in Ethiopia, trying to make the international community alert on the situation in the country: “If you took a balance sheet you would see that we are equal to Burma”, says Mesfin Negash.
Ales Bialiatski, human rights defender and chairman of the organisation Viasna, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for tax evasion. His colleague, Viasna’s vice chair, Valjantsin Stefanovitj, has been charged twice. On 25 april he participates in a seminar about political prisoners in Belaus.
Chiranuch Premchaiporn is one of many independent voices who have fallen victim to tighter restrictions and control of internet activism in Thailand. Chiranuch is accused of crimes under lèse majesté. If convicted she risks 20 years in prison. Listen to Chiranuch telling her – and others’ – stories from a Thailand we rarely have access to.
Through promoting human rights and criticism of the Vietnamese government, Nguyen Van Hai (alias Dieu Cay) has drawn the ire of the government. He has been behind bars since 2008 and his family and lawyers have had no access to him during the past 18 months. In April he is once again brought to trial, now for under national security legislation for his peaceful blogging.
Listen to the Serbian journalists Svetlana Lukic and Svetlana Vukovic. For many years they have worked to enhance the public debate in Serbia. They are working with Peščanik, a radio show and web platform, a unique forum for informing about human rights. Pescanik has been described as ‘anti-Serbian’ or ‘treacherous’ by other media. Seminar March 28.
Benedicte Berner, Vice Head of Civil Rights Defenders board and media analyst with focus on Russia, is monitoring the media situation during the Presidential election. Hear her speak about the media climate on March 9.
The lack of rule of law can lead to unforeseen consequences for a woman living in a repressive regime, as displayed in Jens Assur’s latest film Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys. In order to highlight the International Women’s Day we will show the film at the National Historical Museum in Stockholm on March 8. A conversation about fair trials follows the film.
Civil Rights Defenders is organising an innovative training in using social networking tools to increase awareness, encourage action and empower communities.
Listen to Stanislav Dmitrievsky, chair of the Russian-Chechnya Friendship Association, and Robert Hårdh, Executive Director of Civil Rights Defenders, speak about the possibilities to identify and bring war criminals to the court.
By exposing violations of human rights and other difficult topics, Svetlana Lukic and her co-workers at Pescanik’s web site attract 200.000 visitors per month. Her uncompromising way to handle sensitive and, in the view of many, controversial issues makes her a target of attacks by extremist groups.
Due to illness we have to cancel the seminar on February 22. We apologise for this!
Five years have passed since Svetlana Isayeva’s, at that time, 25-year old son ”disappeared”. In Dagestan, where the war against terrorism affects an increasing number of civilians, Svetlana, together with at group of others who have also lost someone dear, founded Mothers of Dagestan for human rights; an organisation that is on the victim’s side in the armed conflict between the Russian government forces and the separatists.
(Svenska) Den 31 januari genomför Civil Rights Defenders, Östgruppen, Amnesty och Sveriges Författarförbud en stödmanifestation för Viasnas fängslade ordförande, Ales Bialiatski, utanför den vitryska ambassaden i Stockholm.
(Svenska) 21 januari – 18 mars visas fotoutställningen Våra rättigheter på länsmuseet i Örebro. Utställningen flyttar sedan till stadsbiblioteket i Örebro där den visas till och med 8 april.
Most of our seminars on current human rights issues are broadcasted live. View all our previous broadcasts on our Bambuser channel.
A year has passed since the Presidental election in Belarus and a wave of persecutions of human rights defenders, independent media actors and political opponents, has followed in its tracks. On the January 25, Anna Gerasimova, Director of the Belarusian Human Rights House in Vilnius, will visit us to talk about the current human rights situation in Belarus.
“I have a feeling that this trial was necessary in order to check whether we have been doing the right thing during all these 15 years”, said human rights defenders Ales Bialiatski the day after he was sentenced to four and a half years in prison on November 24, 2011. Harassment of human rights defenders is more of a rule rather than an exception in Belarus.
Welcome to a crash course in digital self-defense and a conversation about the cat and mouse game going on in many countries, between authorities and advocates for free speech.
Sorry, this entry is only available in Swedish. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Välkommen till årets sista En timme mänskliga rättigheter som är en specialvisning av Jens Assurs senaste film ”Killing the Chickens to Scare […]
Sorry, this entry is only available in Swedish. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. En resa som präglas av förtroende, mod och utmaningar. Svenska kommittén för Vietnam, Laos och Kambodja anordnar seminarium med frågan: går det […]
Civil Rights Defenders is organising a two-day regional conference in cooperation with Transparency International Bosnia and Herzegovina (TI BiH) on the theme “The role of civil society, citizens and media in the Western Balkans: Challenges as an opportunity“. The conference will be held in Sarajevo, November 22-23. Journalists, activists and civil society organisations from the […]
Sorry, this entry is only available in Swedish. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Inför de förestående parlaments- och presidentvalen i Ryssland besöker den ryske oppositionsledaren Boris Nemtsov Sverige och Frivärld. I samband med besöket publicerar […]
On November 9 the Pravo Ljudski film festival opens with Civil Rights Defenders’ photo exhibition Our Rights at Kino Meeting Point in Sarajevo.
We conduct systematic work against discrimination. Among other, this has lead to the adoption of anti-discrimination legislation in several countries in the Western Balkans.
Sorry, this entry is only available in Swedish. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Under senare år har rapporterna duggat tätt om exploatering av utländska bärplockare bland annat från Thailand och Vietnam. Många har slitit hårt […]
Human rights defenders in the North Caucasus live in constant danger. In 2009 Natalia Estemirova was murdered because of her work. Her collegue Oleg Orlov risked prison because he accused the Chechnyan President Ramzan Kadyrov of being responsible for her murder. Kadyrov had threathened Estemirova earlier. Through our Emergency fund will we be able to offer support in specifically vulnerable and urgent situations.
On September 7 the Kosovo Memory book (Volume 1) was launched by our partner Humanitarian Law Center. The book , when fully completed, will document individual victims killed or disappeared in the armed conflict in Kosovo during 1998 – 2000. Hopefully the book with contribute o preventing political manipulation of the numbers of victims from […]
Leaving the closet – Civil Rights Defenders bjuder in till ett samtal om hur det är att arbeta för hbt-personers rättigheter i olika delar av världen. Tio aktivister från Östeuropa, Sydostasien och Centralasien delar med sig av sina erfarenheter och diskuterar hur vi tillsammans kan stärka kampen för öppenhet och tolerans.
Human Rights Defenders and LGBT activists from all over the world gather in Stockholm during Pride. We have invited ten activists from six countries with the aim to support their struggle against discrimination and their quest for the rights that some of us take for granted.
Ninke Liebert, handläggare på Civil Rights Defenders, deltar i Sveriges Radios Konflikt lördagen den 18 juni klockan 09.00-10.00. I programmet diskuteras situationen i Norra Kaukasus.
On May 27-29 we co-organise a conference on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons in the Western Balkans. We hope to achieve a better understanding of the relation between human rights protection and equal rights of all people, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity.
A new African state will see dawn this summer. Exiled Zambian journalist Mr. Lloyd Himaambo, who covered the referendum on Southern Sudanese independence, visits us for a conversation about the challenges and opportunities that faces the Republic of South Sudan.
CANCELLED! Due to the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud Lloyd Himaambo’s flight to Sweden is cancelled. This means we have to cancel tonight’s seminar. We are very sorry about any inconvenience this may cause you.
More than six months have passed since Burma elected a civilian government. In practice, the referendum yielded no support for democratic reforms. Rather the military’s grip on power was strengthened. Just days after the referendum Aung San Suu Kyi was released, but around 2,200 political prisoners remain imprisoned. What has happened to the respect and […]
More than three years have passed since the violence that followed the election in Kenya in 2007 took place, when more than 1,300 people were killed and several hundred thousand people were displaced from their homes. Still the authorities have not investigated the crimes. In 2010 the International Criminal Court (the ICC) brought charges against […]
Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will visit Stockholm on April 27. In connection to his visit we urge Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to discuss with him the difficult situation that human rights defenders in Russia are facing. During the 2009 EU summit Reinfeldt raised this issue with President Medvedev and there is cause for […]
Sorry, this entry is only available in Swedish. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Civil Rights Defenders i samarbete med Riksteatern bjuder in till firandet av Världsteaterdagen den 27 mars 2011. Denna dag riktas ljuset mot […]
On the 21st of January a demonstration organized by the opposition and held in Tirana ended in violent clashes between police forces and demonstrators. As a result, four persons were killed and large numbers were injured both among the protesters and the police. Many demonstrators were detained. It is not clear when they will be […]
Our cooperation with the Russian Justice Initiative has so far resulted in 100 convictions against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights. Overall, Russia has been convicted 160 times for gross human rights violations in the North Caucasus. Most cases that we have conducted in the European Court date from 2002. But the brutality […]
Sorry, this entry is only available in Swedish. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Efter valet den 19 december har den vitryska regimen ansträngt sig till det yttersta för att tysta kritiska röster. Landets oberoende journalister […]
Our photo exhibition “Our Rights” is touring the Western Balkans. The exhibition is made in collaboration with the photographer Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin and the aim is to increase the awareness of the importance of Human Rights. With this exhibition we want to show what might be the consequences of human rights violations but also how […]
Civil Rights Defenders and RFSL invite you to a seminar on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people’s rights in Russia In 2010, LGBT organisations (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) were denied registration. Organisations and activists have been assaulted, which the police ignores. At the same time, the Queer Culture Festival in St. Petersburg in September […]
Sorry, this entry is only available in Swedish. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Vår programansvariga för Östeuropa och Centralasien, Joanna Kurosz, kommer att delta i TV4 nyhetsmorgon måndagen den 20 december klockan 6.45 apropå det […]
In recent years, Islamist insurgents have been particularly active in Dagestan. On March 29 two suicide attacks were carried out in the Moscow metro in the middle of morning rush hour, killing 40 people and wounding dozens; the suicide bombers were from Dagestan. In response, the authorities have continued to commit serious violations of basic […]
Our photo exhibition “Our Rights” will be shown during the Human Rights Forum in Örebro. The exhibition is made in collaboration with the photographer Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin and the aim is to increase the awareness of the importance of Human Rights. -In Sweden, we are good at talking about human rights and to promote them […]
Amnesty International and Civil Rights Defenders invite you to a breakfast seminar on the 12th of November. Every year, the Living History Forum, on behalf of the Government, award a person who made great humanist and democracy efforts in the world with the Per Anger Prize. 2010 the human rights defender Elena Urlaeva is awarded […]
Civil Rights Defenders will participate in Uppsala Pride; with an info table and arranging a seminar. Information about the seminar: Pride and Prejudice – why is Pride needed? Sara Laginder, intern at Civil Rights Defenders, invites participants to a discussion; What can we do and how can we work for equal rights of all citizens? […]
Roma in Sweden have been subjected to gross violations of human rights, as in many other parts of the world. The group has been persecuted and discriminated. Not long ago Roma women were subjected to forced sterilizations. In February 2007 the Delegation for Roma Issues was established by the government in order to promote the […]
On Sunday, the 10th of October, there will be a Pride Parade in Belgrade, Serbia. All through out this week there are ongoing activities in Belgrade, like movie screenings, seminars and exhibitions. To read more about Belgrade Pride and to check out the schedule. Civil Rights Defenders is arranging “Day Before Pride” together with the […]
Civil Rights Defenders exhibition ”Our Rights” will be shown at the fifth edition of the International Human Rights Film Festival in Albania. Our Programme Officer Peter Mossop will be participating at the festival. The organizers themselves present the ideas and aims of the festival in the following way: Human Rights in Albania have been an […]
In May 2010 Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Kosovo and Civil Rights Defenders published a report which scrutinized different parts of Kosovo governance structures. The report titled “State of Costriction” questions whether the citizens of Kosovo feel free to follow their conscience and judgment. The report concludes that the answer to this question is […]
Joanna Kurosz, programme director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Civil Rights Defenders, will participate as moderator in the Conference of Human Rights Defenders in Belarus and the Baltic States. Around 70 Belarusian Human Rights Defenders will attend the conference together with 80 other participants from the Baltic countries, Western Balkans, Caucasus, Eastern Europe, […]
Robert Hårdh, Executive Director of Civil Rights Defenders, has been invited to comment on the report made by Professor Dennis Töllborg on how the Swedish police conduct internal investigations. The seminar is open to the public; please notify Dennis Töllborg (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Anders Månsson (email@example.com) if you are coming. Date: Thursday 9th of September Time: […]
(Svenska) Peter Mossop, handläggare för Kosovo, Makedonien och Albanien vid Civil Rights Defenders, medverkar i Sveriges Radios Korrespondenterna i ett reportage om utvisningen av romer till Kosovo.
Stockholm Pride was organised July 26 – August 1. The event serves as an important opportunity to remind about the right to life, personal security, and protection against discrimination of all people.
Our guest speaker in this spring’s last seminar in the series “One hour of human rights,” talks about the human rights situation in Vietnam. What issues are most important? How is the civil society organized in the country and how much do ordinary people know about human rights? Giang Nguyen was born in Vietnam and […]
The Swedish Press Ombudsman, Yrsa Stenius, has been criticized and questioned during the last couple of months, among other for recommending the Swedish Press Council to criticize the daily Expressen for an article about Jan Guillou being in contact with KGB in the -60:s and -70:s. Expressen responded by boycotting the Press Ombudsman, and several […]
Sorry, this entry is only available in Swedish. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Den 5 maj visas dokumentären “When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun”, om tibetanernas frihetsrörelse. Efter filmen får du möjlighet att ställa frågor […]
Kyrgyzstan has for long been considered the least repressive country in Central Asia. A civil society has developed and been able to work relatively freely. But lately the situation has changed to the worse. Peaceful demonstrations are stopped by the military and journalists critical of the regime are persecuted, threatened and killed. Gennady Pavlyuk is […]
Sorry, this entry is only available in Swedish. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Civil Rights Defenders och Teater Giljotin inleder ett spännande samarbete. Missa inte chansen att se det suggestiva dramat Negerns och hundarnas kamp […]
In May 2010 Belarus will be inquired by the UN Human Rights Council under the Universal Periodic Review, UPR. Belarus has for a long time been criticized by both the UN and other international bodies for violations of fundamental human rights. The Belarusian authorities’ reaction to the criticism has been weak. Meanwhile, the country wants […]
Internationally-supported transitional justice projects have come to play a central role in broader efforts to build peace, democracy and the rule of law in troubled states, based on the belief that impunity for war crimes tends to lead to new cycles of violence. But the record shows that their most prominent mechanisms – truth commissions […]
Rebiya Kadeer, Uighur human rights defender, visits Civil Rights Defenders on Thursday December 3rd. We will show the documentary “Ten Conditions of Love” and talk about the Uighur’s struggle for human rights in China. See a film clip here. Date: Thursday December 3rd Time: 18.00-20.00 Place: Stora Nygatan 26, 1st floor Ten Conditions of Love […]
Thirty years ago the Iranian Revolution brought Ayatolla Khomeini to power in Iran. Since then human rights defenders have been fighting for equality and respect for human rights, often with their own lives at stake. Parvin Ardalan, journalist and human rights defender from Iran, visits Civil Rights Defenders to talk about human rights in Iran. […]
The civil society in the Western Balkans has initiated a process to establish a Regional Commission for Truth-seeking and Truth-telling About War Crimes. A very large number of NGOs in all the countries involved support and promote the initiative. The focus ahead will be to get the duty holders committed to the process. Will that […]
Civil Rights Defenders is one of the organisers of the Human Rights Forum, Scandinavia’s largest forum for human rights. During this years event we will participate with the exhibition Our Rights and arrange several seminars on different topics. Civil Rights Defenders program for Human Rights Forum: Monday November 16 11.00-11.30: Film “Missing Lives: Disappearance and […]
Oksana Tjelysjeva är verksam inom Rysk-tjetjenska vänskapsförbundet och kolumnist för den oberoende tidningen Novaja Gazeta. Usam Bajsajev arbetar för den ryska människorättsorganisationen Memorial, som i år tilldelats det prestigefulla Sacharovpriset. Ingmar Oldberg är Rysslandsexpert och associerad forskare vid Utrikespolitiska institutet. Robert Hårdh är chef för Civil Rights Defenders. Martin Uggla är ordförande i Östgruppen för […]
In the beginning of 2008 a wave of violence was spread across Kenya. The election results from December 2007 were questioned and lead to massive riots. More than 1 000 people lost their lives and close to 600 000 were displaced. “Getting Justice: Kenya’s deadly game of wait and see” is a documentary about […]
One year ago the European Union temporarily lifted the travelban on Belarusian politicians and civil servants, hoping that this would lead to an improved human rights situation in the country. In November the future of the sanctions will be decided. Fifty international and Belarusian organisations recommend, in a new report, that EU keeps the travelban […]
Crystal Night and the fall of the Berlin Wall. November 9 has been a turning point in European history. Civil Rights Defenders participate in an event on the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, organised by Stockholms Stadsteater, in collaboration with the Swedish EU Presidency and the Foundation Natur & Kultur.
Public meeting with a panel discussion on terrorism legislation and human rights. Participants: Thomas Olsson, Lawyer, has represented members of al-Barakaat among other Laue Traberg Smidt, Danish Lawyer, has represented members of al-Aqsa among other Anna Wigenmark, Lawyer, Civil Rights Defenders Madelaine Seidlitz, Lawyer, Amnesty Abdirisak Aden, Gösta Hultén, Journalist, Charta 2008 Date: Saturday November […]
The need for urgent aid in connection with natural disasters or armed conflicts will most probably increase in times of climate change and financial crises. At the same, the Swedish government has expressed a wish to prioritize long-term support for democratization and human rights. How will these two needs be combined and what are the […]
This month’s seminar is temporarily moved to the afternoon and The Royal Coin Cabinett (Myntkabinettet)! Since this summer the human rights situation in North Caucasus has deteriorated dramatically. After the murder of the prominent human rights defender Natalja Estemirova in July, harrasments of human rights defenders have increased and several people have been murdered. Who […]
The Pride Parade that would have been held in Belgrade, September 20, was stopped in the last minute. The Interior Ministry and the police suddenly announced that if the parade would be held in central Belgrade the participants’ safety could not be guaranteed. This means in fact that the parade was banned, and shows that […]
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Civil Rights Defenders participate, for the third time, at the International Square of the Book and Library Fair in Gothenburg. We will show the photo exhibition Our Rights, which was produced in cooperation with Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin, and arrange a breakfast seminar on Friday morning. With Life at stake All over the world people are […]
Together with the Swedish photographer Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin we have made a photo exhibition to show our work for human rights in a contemporary context. The exhibition opens September 11 at 13.00 on the Central Station in Stockholm and will be shown September 11-13. Place: Entrance Hall at Stockholm Central Station
The world was shocked by the events of September 11 2001. It shook our values and respect for fundamental human rights was in many cases set aside. With this background Civil Rights Defenders asked photographer Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin to interpret human rights in a contemporary context. The result is a collection of ten pictures that […]
Daniel Poohl, editor in chief at the magazine Expo, talks about the growth of right wing extremist party Sverigedemokraterna. During the last couple of years the right wing groups have worked on transforming on the surface, adapting their message in order to become more accepted among the general public. Step by step they have become […]
Turkmenistan has one of the most authoritarian regimes in the world. The country is also rich in fossil gas, and multinational companies will do almost anything in the competition for a contract. With a lot of humor and skilled story telling the director Arto Halonen questions the morale of some of the world’s largest companies […]
Minoo Jalali, a lawyer born in Iran and living in Great Britain, claims that female and male political refugees are not treated the same in Great Britain. Maria Bexelius teaches in the right of asylum on Teologiska högskolan in Stockholm and has written the books “Right of Asylum, gender and politics” (2008) and “Women on […]
Sofia Lindow, Master of Laws, talks about the conditions in Swedish custody, which has been criticized by the UN Committee against torture and the Committee against Torture of the European Council, among other. Lindow presents the criticizm of the committees and discusses what effect a deprivation of liberty can have on the mental health of […]
Jekaterina Glod, analyst at the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies (BISS), talks about the latest developments in Belarus and the country’s relationships with Russia and the EU. On March 17 EU decided to give the Belarusian regime a new opportunity to come closer to the European Union. EU temporarily revoked a travel ban for a […]
Zarko Hadzi-Zafirov, Macedonian Young Lawyers Association, talks about the road towards EU for Macedonia. The presidential and local elections in March 2009 will affect the start of the negotiation talks about EU membership to a large extent. Last year the Macedonian government was heavily criticized for the riots and violence that followed the parliamentary elections, […]