The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT) launched yesterday its 2011 Annual Report at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, in the presence of :
Margaret Sekaggya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
Souhayr Belhassen, President of FIDH
Gerard Staberock, Secretary General of OMCT
Radwan Ziadeh, Director of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies
Ales Bialiatski, Empty Chair - Vice president of FIDH and president of the Center for Human Rights "Viasna", Belarus. Arbitrarily detained since last August 4th
Tawakkol Karman, Peace Nobel Price Laureate 2011, wished to participate to the Launch of the Annual Report; from New York, she gave a video message urging to keep on protecting Human Rights Defenders in the world.
The full press conference is available here: