Human Rights Defenders

Thailand: Bones found in Kaeng Krachan confirmed to be missing Karen activist

At 13.00 today, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) held a press conference to reveal that DNA tests have confirmed that bones found in Kaeng Krachan Dam are those of the missing Karen environmental activist and community rights defender Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, who disappeared in 2014. A search of the area under the Kaeng Krachan …

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Philippines: The case of Ricardo Mayumi and the Ifugao Peasant Movement

Nestor Peralta and Brandon Lee of the Ifugao Peasant Movement state the struggles they are facing in relation to their work as human rights defenders in Ifugao province of the Philippines.  Their colleague, Ricardo Mayumi was gunned down on 2 March 2018, an incident that shocked their organisation and the indigenous communities they have been …

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Beneath the Surface: Women Leading the Fight Against Mining

The Philippines is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for human rights defenders. Women activists are frequently targeted for their participation in resistance struggles, and as of May 2018, seventeen women defenders have been killed since the current president, Rodrigo Duterte, rose to power in 2016. In this “Beneath the Surface” installment, …

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Myanmar: Killing of Mr. O Moo

MMR 001 / 0418 / OBS 050 Killing Myanmar April 17, 2018 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Myanmar. Description of the situation: The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the …

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Heli Chakma: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Bangladesh

https://youtu.be/pXIV3piQK5A I am from Rangamati of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.I do not actively work on Human Rights per se but I try to support those who actively work as much as possible. Since my birth the problem I feel is the land issue, which is a major problem for indigenous peoples in Bangladesh. On paper, …

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