Steadfast in Protest - 2011 Report

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2011 is the 14th year that an Annual Report is produced by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders.

An annual rendez-vous for the protection of defenders, it highlights the most serious cases of obstacles and threats against defenders in each country.

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The Situation of Human Rights Defenders in the World

The 2011 Report denounces, with hundreds of examples, the many kinds of acts of repression that defenders suffer. Each day, with their families and friends, they suffer attacks and harassment, threats and arrests, arbitrary detention, defamation campaigns, restrictions in terms of freedom of association and expression, etc.

The 2011 Report resituates the fight of Human Rights defenders in the geopolitical context of 70 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East, Asia, the Americas and Europe.

A geopolitical analysis of the region is followed by a country-by-country presentation of the stories that defenders live every day.

Based in particular, but not solely, on 509 urgent interventions published by the Observatory between January 2010 and April 2011, the 600 pages of the report are the clear proof of the urgent need to provide better support for the combat of these architects of progress.

Published in 5 languages (English, Arabic, Spanish, French and Russian), it is a unique advocacy tool on the subject of defenders.

Foreword by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Stéphane Hessel

Sidi Bouzid, December 17, 2010: In a desperate move, Mohamed Bouazizi, a young unemployed Tunisian, set himself fire. On January 4, he succumbed to his injuries, and the next day, several thousand people attended his funeral; this was the beginning of a large peaceful protest movement, a movement of hope for change that, against all odds, would lead to the overthrow of corrupt and liberticidal dictatorships in Tunisia and Egypt.

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Launch of the 2011 Annual Report of the Observatory at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

To watch the press conference, click here or play here :

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Press kit 2011

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See also :

Exclusive interview with Tawakkol Karman, 2011 Peace Nobel Prize Winner

Exclusive interview of Tawakkol Karman, 2011... par Observatory_HRD

Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Human Rights Defenders Under Pressure

OBS :: Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Human... par Observatory_HRD

A documentary produced by the Observatory

Africa: Human Rights Defenders at Risk

Series of interviews of human rights defenders produced by the Observatory

DZA :: OBS :: Interview de Nassera Dutour par Observatory_HRD

GMB :: OBS :: Interview of Baboucar Ceesey par Observatory_HRD

GIN :: OBS :: Interview d’Abdoul Diallo par Observatory_HRD

UGA :: OBS :: Interview of Pepe Onziema par Observatory_HRD

BDI :: OBS :: Interview de Christian Rumu par Observatory_HRD

NGA :: OBS :: Interview of Tom Charles Nwoke par Observatory_HRD

OMCT Secretary General on Fox News, about the 2011 Annual Report of the Observatory

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