Support to Human Rights Defenders

Human Rights Defenders are our sentinels who fights our battles for freedom, equality and justice, for that, they deserve our unequivocal support.  

Destination Justice supports the Petition to the International Association of Prosecutors

GENEVA, 5 September 2017 Dear members of the IAP Executive Committee and the Senate, Dear members of the IAP, In the run-up to the annual conference and general meeting of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) in Beijing, China, the undersigned civil society organisations urge the IAP to live up to its vision and bolster its efforts to preserve the integrity of the profession. Increasingly, in many regions of the world, in clear breach of professional integrity and fair trial standards, public prosecutors use their powers to suppress critical voices. In China, over the last two years, dozens of prominent lawyers, labour rights advocates and activists have been targeted by the prosecution service[1]. Many remain behind bars, convicted or in prolonged detention for legal and pea...

A shrinking space for Human Rights Defenders in Asia

Phnom Penh, Monday 29 May – Today, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders, Michel Forst, had an unofficial visit in Phnom Penh at Heinrich Böll Stiftung. Mr. Frost gave a brief overview and explained various trends and situations of Human Rights Defenders across the world and the region of Southeast Asia. Mr. Forst discussed new trends where governments are now implementing and creative laws to criminalize activities of Human Rights Defenders and reduce spaces for civil societies. In addition, Mr. Forst emphasized the importance of a gendered analysis to his work, as women Human Rights Defenders (in addition to LGBTIQ defenders) are usually at a higher risk than other defenders. Moreover, the importance of engaging not only with governments but also companie...

USCIRF Condemns Trial Outcome of Ethiopian Muslim Leaders

Last February, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights issued provisional measures against Ethiopia in the case of 29  Ethiopian Human Rights Defenders brought by Dr. Ibrahim and Dr. Allo and supported by Destination Justice. Destination Justice welcomes the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s recent statement condemning the convictions and sentencing of 18 Muslims leaders in Ethiopia. “These individuals were peaceful advocates for religious freedom,” said USCIRF Chairman Dr. Robert P. George. “This trial was a continuation of the Ethiopian government’s use of the anti-terror law to stifle human rights advocacy and dissent.” Read the USCIRF’s press release here. * * * For more information about the case in general, contact Dr. Abadir Ibrahim, ...

Open Dialog Foundation and Destination Justice wish to raise awareness of the practice of persecuting independent advocates currently in place in the Republic of Moldova

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker European Parliament President Martin Schulz PACE President Pedro Agramunt OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein Notwithstanding its obligations, the Moldovan government has clearly deviated from the democratic course it claims to be following and from its duty to respect, protect and fulfill human rights. We urge the international community to react to this practice and remind the Moldovan authorities that persecuting advocates because of their professional activity and their criticism of the ruling elite ...

The UN Human Rights Committee raises serious concerns about the full implementation of freedom of expression and political participation in Kazakhstan

Geneva 23 June 2016 – On 22 and 23 June 2016 the UN Human Rights Committee – the body that monitors the implementation of the rights enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) – reviewed for the second time since Kazakhstan is a party to the ICCPR the status of civil and political rights in the country. The Government of Kazakhstan submitted its initial periodic report to the Committee in 2009 and was reviewed in 2011. Already at that time, the UN experts expressed concerns about the Government’s failure to implement the right to freedom of expression pretected under Article 19 of the ICCPR. The experts recommended Kazakhstan “to review its legislation on defamation and insults to ensure that it fully complies with the provis...

The Open Dialog Foundation and Destination Justice bring international attention to violations of freedom of expression in Kazakhstan

On 22-23 June 2016, the UN Human Rights Committee will consider the implementation of Kazakhstan’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).  Destination Justice and the Open Dialog Foundation presented the Committee with a report in which they drew the Committee’s attention to the gross violations in Kazakhstan of freedom of expression and dissemination of information – rights protected under the Covenant. Through the use of oppressive policies and legislations, Kazakhstan has unjustifiably restricted the right to freedom of expression and information of journalists, lawyers, human rights defenders and critics of the government and its representatives. By doing so, Kazakhstan has undermines the  essence of the right and violated ...

Destination Justice Finds Violations of Fair Trial Rights and Threats to the Freedom of Expression in Trial of Malaysian Human Rights Defender Lena Hendry

Phnom Penh, 14 April 2016 – Destination Justice released a report today documenting its findings following the monitoring of the trial of Malaysian human rights defender Lena Hendry, who was arrested, criminally charged, and acquitted in connection with the screening of the film “No Fire Zone: In The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” (NFZ) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday 3 July 2013.   Destination Justice’s trial monitoring report expresses concerns as to the fairness of the December 2015 to February 2016 trial, highlighting a number of irregularities with regard to equality before the law, equality of arms, and several other basic principles of criminal justice and human rights, as well as the threat posed to freedom of expression in Malaysia by the Film Censorship Act. ...

Destination Justice Petitions the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in the Case of Mansur Mingelov

On 22 May 2015, Destination Justice filed a petition with the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) against the Government of Turkmenistan, calling for urgent action and the immediate release of Turkmen citizen and minority rights advocate Mansur Mingelov. The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights has supported Destination Justice’s efforts through its Justice Defenders Program, which coordinates pro bono legal support to human rights defenders.

Interim Victory at the African Commission for 29 Ethiopian Human Rights Defenders

On 15 February 2015, the African Commission on Human and People's Rights (the African Commission) issued its first-ever provisional measures against Ethiopia in a case championed by legal experts Dr. Abadir Ibrahim and Dr. Awol Allo with the support of Destination Justice Principal Consultants Silvia Palomba and Doreen Chen and their Litigation Program team.

Took on two new cases based in U​zbekistan and T​urkmenistan,​expanding our work on the E​thiopia c​ase and exploring the possibility of taking on a further case in Vietnam

Took on two new cases based in U​zbekistan and T​urkmenistan,​expanding our work on the E​thiopia c​ase and exploring the possibility of taking on a further case in Vietnam.​ This increased caseload is part of our planned expansion of the International Litigation Program,”Justice for All” and a deepened engagement with the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights’ Justice Defenders Program.

Destination Justice Petitions the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in the case of Ms. Zinaida Mukhortova

Destination Justice Litigation Program Co-Directors Silvia Palomba and Doreen Chen filed a Petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (“WGAD”) calling for the immediate release of Ms. Zinaida Mukhortova—a human rights defender, activist lawyer, and Kazakh citizen who has been detained in a psychiatric facility in Kazakhstan since 2 July 2014.

Filed a General Allegation to the U​N Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances

Filed a General Allegation to the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances and its Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non ­recurrence,in relation to the disappearance and murder of three brothers in Serbia. This case and the filing of the General Allegation have garnered significant media attention. The UN decision’s is still pending.

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