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October 14

Webinario - Como avançar na proteção das defensoras e defensores ambientais: o apoio dos atores internacionais

Não perca amanhã (15/10, 15h Brasilia) a webinario “Como avançar na proteção das defensoras e defensores ambientais: o apoio dos atores internacionais”.

Inscreva-se: https://defambiental.eco.br

Com o fim de promover a melhoria da proteção das pessoas e dos grupos para que defendam seus direitos ambientais, soluções precisam ser identificadas para mitigar o abuso desses direitos, uma situação que afeta cada vez mais pessoas na América latina. Frente a esse contexto, esse painel abordará os meios de apoiar aos defensores usados pelas organizações internacionais, bem como os doadores através do papel da comunidade internacional na prevenção e proteção dessas pessoas; e o financiamento da proteção dos direitos das defensoras e dos defensores com a experiência dos fundos de resposta rápida.

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Ferdinand Mensah Ayité, a journalist and human rights defender from Togo, is reinforcing his security and covering legal costs with the support of an emergency grant

In August 2020, OMCT in the framework of ProtectDefenders.eu provided a grant to support the Togolese journalist Ferdinand Mensha Ayité after he was victim of reprisals as a result of his work. The assistance allocated by OMCT aimed at covering the legal defence costs of Mr Ayité, as well as the installation of a security system in his home, in order to guarantee his safety and to ensure the continuation of his human rights work.

Mr. Ferdinand Mensha Ayité is the director of publication of the newspaper l’Alternative, a biweekly news and investigative newspaper engaged in denouncing corruption and documenting human rights violations in Togo.

In its issue published on 9 June 2020, l'Alternative revealed a case of massive embezzlement in the Togolese oil sector. Shortly after, Mr. Ayité started receiving threats, particularly through anonymous phone calls, and became extremely concerned for his safety. A month later, one of the people who was directly named in the embezzlement scandal filed a defamation complaint against Mr. Ayité and requested that all copies of the June 9 issue be destroyed, and that the disputed publication be removed from the website and the newspaper social networks.

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