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June 4, 2024

Azerbaijan Human Rights in the Spotlight during COP29 Pre-Talks in Bonn

On June 3 – 13, representatives from around the globe will gather in Bonn, Germany to prepare for the Twenty-Ninth Conference of the Parties (COP29) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) later this year in November in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan has a well-documented history of restricting internationally protected civil and political rights. The […]

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June 4, 2024

The Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy Prepares for the 12th Global Assembly

On May 29, the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy met to discuss the planning for the 12th Global Assembly, to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 20-22, 2024. Under the theme “Revitalizing Democracy: Reflection, Resilience, and Innovation,” the Global Assembly will bring together democracy advocates from around the world to engage […]

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June 4, 2024

World Movement for Democracy’s Steering Committee Members Discuss the Situation of Women in Iran at the Canadian House of Commons

On May 21, World Movement for Democracy’s Steering Committee Members Anita Vandenbeld and Nazanin Boniadi discussed the situation of women in Iran before the Canadian House of Commons Sub-Committee on International Human Rights. The discussion highlighted the dire human rights situation in Iran, specifically the repression targeting women. Women and political prisoners in the Islamic […]

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June 4, 2024

Georgian CSOs to Challenge Agent’s Law in Constitutional Court

On May 28, Georgian civil society organizations (CSOs) issued a statement announcing their disobedience to the draconian Foreign Agents Law, adopted on May 27. In the statement, Georgian CSOs pledged to resist the law using all available domestic and international remedies until its repeal. Two days later, on May 30, Georgian CSOs announced their plan to appeal […]

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June 4, 2024

Front Line Defenders Global Analysis 2023/24 is out now!

Front Line Defenders’ Global Analysis 2023/24 highlights the risks and threats faced by human rights defenders (HRDs) worldwide. According to Front Line Defenders, at least 300 HRDs were killed in 28 countries in 2023. Almost a third of those killed (31%) were Indigenous people’s rights defenders. This brings the total documented killings of HRDs in […]

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June 4, 2024

New #KeepItOn Report “Shrinking Democracy, Growing Violence – Internet shutdowns in 2023”

In 2023, internet shutdowns reached a record high, posing severe threats to human rights. Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition documented 283 shutdowns in 39 countries, a 41% increase from 2022. Conflicts emerged as the leading cause, with shutdowns also linked to natural disasters. Both democratic and authoritarian regimes used these disruptions to suppress fundamental […]

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May 15, 2024

80+ NGOs Worldwide Demand the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Egyptian Democracy Advocate Mohamed Adel

On May 8, 2024, more than 80 human rights organizations worldwide, including the World Movement for Democracy, released a joint statement calling on the Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release prominent democracy advocate and former spokesperson of the April 6 Youth Movement, Mohamed Adel. Since 2018, Mohamed Adel has been arbitrarily detained under inhumane […]

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May 15, 2024

Over 600 Bahraini Political Prisoners Released Through Royal Pardon

On April 8, Bahrain King Hamad Al-Khalifa released 1584 prisoners including more than 650 political prisoners through a royal pardon, the biggest pardon since the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011. Bahraini pro-democracy activists welcomed the releases but noted that far more still needed to be done, including releasing all remaining political prisoners. “With the stroke […]

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May 15, 2024

Uprooted: Life and Loss One Year Into Sudan’s War

Over one year has passed since war broke out between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). According to The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP), military victory has so far eluded both sides. Various peace processes are yet to bear fruit, failing to address the conflict’s root causes, such as […]

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May 15, 2024

El Salvador: President Nayib Bukele’s Deputies Authorize the Incoming Assembly to Modify the Constitution at Will

On April 29, during the last plenary session of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador, the outgoing deputies voted to initiate a process to change the Constitution expeditiously by authorizing the incoming legislators to make changes to Article 248 of the Constitution. By opening the possibility to reform Article 248, which establishes the rules for […]

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