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February 15

Wave of killings of human rights defenders in Colombia, and crackdown on HRDs in Sudan and China - Protect Defenders NOW

The ProtectDefenders.eu monthly digest of alerts reports on the increasing numbers of killings of human rights defenders in Colombia. The epidemic has already reached extremely worrying heights during the first weeks of 2019, and at least six human rights defenders were killed in violent attacks, making the country the deadliest place in the world for HRDs. As demonstrated in a mission report published under ProtectDefenders.eu two years on the Peace Process with the FARC-EP, the State has failed to implement most of its obligations, including establishing an integrated presence in rural regions. This has led to a number of illegal armed groups fighting for control of the areas previously occupied by FARC-EP, which puts human rights defenders at an increased risk.

Moreover, ProtectDefenders.eu partners are alerting on the recent wave of arrests targeting human rights defenders in Sudan, in reprisal for the continuing protests. Over the last month, dozens of human rights defenders including women human rights defenders, lawyers, journalists, and academics have been arbitrarily arrested. The digest also features the ongoing pattern of repression and judicial harassment faced by human rights activists in China.

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Increasing attacks against land rights defenders in Brazil, and judicial harassment in Kazakhstan and Thailand - Protect Defenders NOW

The ProtectDefenders.eu monthly digest of alerts sounds an alarm bell about the pattern of increasing attacks against land rights defenders in Brazil. The recent killings of two members of the Movement of Rural Landless Workers (MST), together with the climate of stigmatization against people who defend land rights show the intensification of the crisis of the right to defend human rights in the country.

Moreover, ProtectDefenders.eu partners are calling on the Thai authorities to ensure that no person is prosecuted or held criminally liable for defamation for activities protected under international law, in the context of recent complaints brought against human rights defenders. Finally, the digest shares recent reports of acts of harassment and interrogation of human rights defenders in Kazakhstan. which are believed to be part of the tactic applied by the Kazakh authorities in order to intimidate human rights defenders and activists and, consequently, prevent participants from taking part in peaceful protests.

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