Russian Federal Law 83-FZ, or Austerity by Other Means

The protests against Vladimir Putin. The prosecution of the protests’ activists. The series of laws directly or indirectly aimed at the street opposition: upping fines, the branding of NGOs funded from abroad as “foreign agents,” the re-criminalization of libel, the restricting the internet, and the proposed law on volunteers. Occupy Abai. Pussy Riot’s detention and [...]

Oman arrests bloggers and writers

Portraits of former Oman volleyball player Habiba Al Hinai and activists Esmail Al Muqbali and Yaqoub Al Kharusi. The activists were arrested following their visit to Fahoud oil fields on 31 May to show solidarity with the striking Omani workers from contracting companies, who were commissioned to complete a project for two oil companies in [...]

HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS COUNSELED: Let we make the situation even worse

Human rights activists and defenders have been counseled to consider circumstances, timing and possible repercussions before they issue strong statements. This advice was given to human rights defenders at the five days training from May 27 to May 31, 2012 at the Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala, Uganda. The training was hosted by the East [...]

BAHRAIN: Call for immediate release of Al-Khawaja and all others detained human rights defenders

Shaikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa (King, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces), Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (Crown Prince of Bahrain Rifa’a Palace), Sheikh Khalifa ibn Salman Al Khalifa (Prime Minister) Dear Shaikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Sheikh Khalifa ibn Salman Al Khalifa, I [...]

Ugandan women in topless protest against police brutality (VIDEOS)

Women activists in the Ugandan capital Kampala on Monday took off their blouses and stormed topless, the headquarters of the country’s police force, the Central Police Station (CPS), protesting against the brutal sexual abuse of the country’s leading woman opposition leader. They were protesting the sexual abuse of Ingrid Turinawe, leader of the opposition’s Forum [...]

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