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Making human rights a reality

9 December 2008

Around the world, in every region, in every country, there are people who work tirelessly to make human rights a reality.

Human Rights Defender in Venezuela: José Luis Urbano

9 December 2008

José Luis Urbano is the president of the Foundation for the Defence of the Right to Education (Asociación Pro-Defensa del Derecho a la Educación

Human Rights Defender in Thailand: Somchai Homlaor

9 December 2008

A key figure in the defence of human rights in Thailand for 25 years, Somchai Homlaor is the President of the Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF), an NGO that organizes

Human Rights Defender in Egypt: Ahmed Seif El-Islam

9 December 2008

Ahmed Seif El-Islam Hamad is one of the defence lawyers for 49 people who are being tried for alleged involvement in popular protests on 6 April 2008 in support of i

Human Rights Defender in Nigeria: Patrick Barigbalo Naagbanton

9 December 2008

Patrick Barigbalo Naagbanton is the coordinator for the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development.

Human Rights Defender in Russia: Svetlana Alekseevna Gannushkina

9 December 2008

A human rights defender since the late 1980s, Svetlana was one of the founders of the NGO Citizen’s Assistance (Grazhdanskoe Sodeistvie) and the Human Rights Ce

New EU mission must bring justice to Kosovo

8 December 2008

The EU Police and Justice Mission to formally take over responsibility for over 1,500 unresolved war crimes investigations, with possibly thousands more yet to be inve

End of protests in Thailand is time for accountability

5 December 2008

The Thai government, its proxies and anti-government groups should now make commitments to ending human rights abuses,  according to a joint statement by Amnest

African Commission calls for a moratorium on the death penalty

5 December 2008

In an important step towards making the African Union (AU) a totally death penalty-free zone, the African Commission calls on African States to observe a moratorium on

Gaza reduced to bare survival

5 December 2008

The Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip is having ever more serious consequences on its population, with food and water in short supply. 

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