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News & Tweets from human rights defenders

January 17

OBS report - Condemned to silence: the situation of women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia

(Geneva, Paris) The report being released today by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) - with the support of ProtectDefenders.eu - is a far cry from the media frenzy that was caused by the announcement of symbolic reforms, such as that set out in the September 2017 Royal Decree (at last) giving Saudi women permission to drive. This report casts a harsh light on the scandalous situation of Saudi women human rights defenders who still have to cope with major restrictions on their rights. As women, they are subjected to a patriarchal regime that is steeped in gender inequality, and they must cope with a context that severely represses all voices of dissent. Women who report domestic violence or stand up as activists are confronted with unrelenting repression. Since they are not allowed to form movements or associations, they take refuge in social networks.

Check out the special webpage created for the report:

http://condemnedtosilence.fidh.org/

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PROTECT DEFENDERS NOW - Urgent appeals January 2018

The January 2018 issue of the ProtectDefenders.eu digest warns about the incessant killings and attacks against human rights defenders in the Philippines; the killings and intimidation against social leaders in South Africa and the pattern of ongoing reprisals against human rights defenders in Bahrain. 

Moreover, only during December 2017, the ProtectDefenders.eu Index of attacks and threats against Human Rights Defenders has reported 35 new violations against HRDs.

Click to read the ProtectDefenders.eu digest and share it on Twitter.

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Who are human rights defenders ?

People who, individually or collectively, work peacefully on behalf of others to promote and defend internationally recognised human rights.

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