The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, will visit India from 11 to 21 January 2011.

Her next report to the Human Rights Council in March 2011 will focus on “women human rights defenders and those defenders working on women’s rights and gender-issues”.


WARSAW, 11 November 2010 – The Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Ambassador Janez Lenarcic, today encouraged Kyrgyzstan’s authorities to ensure full compliance with fair trial standards in the case of human rights defender Azimjan Askarov and other trials related to the June violence in the south of the country.

An appeals court yesterday upheld the 15 September verdict of a lower court, which sentenced Askarov to life imprisonment and confiscation of his property on charges of organizing mass disorder and inciting inter-ethnic hatred.

ODIHR monitors at the first instance trial and appeal proceedings noted that the authorities failed to make adequate efforts to address repeated instances of verbal abuse, including death threats, directed at the lawyers and the defendant, as well as an instance of physical attack against one of the lawyers. This added to an atmosphere of fear and intimidation surrounding many of the cases related to the June violence, in particular those involving ethnic Uzbek defendants. (more…)


Brussels, 8 November 2010 – The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today on the human rights situation in Sudan:

Catherine Ashton condemns the recent arbitrary arrest and detention of Darfuri human rights activists and journalists by the Sudanese authorities. Over the last few days 13 Sudanese staff of Radio Dabanga and the organisation Human Rights and Advocacy Network for Democracy (HAND) are reported to have been arrested in Khartoum.

She is concerned for the welfare of these individuals and call for their release and for the Government of Sudan to abide by its obligations under international human rights law.

These arrests appear to be part of a broader pattern of harassment and intimidation of Sudanese civil society actors. The EU is also concerned about the harassment and detention of individuals in Darfur following the recent visit of the UN Security Council.

It is essential that human rights and basic freedoms are respected for there to be a peaceful resolution of the Darfur conflict.


28 October 2010 – Participants: Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez (PRODH), Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos “Todos los Derechos para Todas y Todos” (REDTDT), Estado de México, Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social (CENCOS), Asociación Mundial de Radios Comunitarias (AMARC-ALC), Abogados y Abogadas para la Justicia y los Derechos Humanos, Acción Urgente para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (ACUDDEH), Comité Cerezo, Comisión de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos , Grupo de Información y Reproducción Elegida (GIRE)


Participants: Estado de Colombia, Sisma Mujer, Corporación REINICIAR, Consultoría para los Derechos Humanos y el Desplazamiento (COHDES), Asociación Minga, Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas, Corporación Jurídica Yira Castro, Corporación Sembrar