The first ProtectDefenders.eu digest of alerts of 2019 reports on the deepening human rights crisis in Nicaragua, recent killings in Syria and Philippines, and the ongoing wave of repression in Iran.
ProtectDefenders.eu is deeply alarmed by recent reports of acts of intimidation and attacks against representatives of civil society in Nicaragua, where social protests are strongly repressed by the authorities, causing a serious human rights crisis. Moreover, ProtectDefenders.eu partners condemn in the strongest terms the killings of human rights defenders Benjamin Ramos, a founding member of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), in the Philippines, and human rights defender Raed Fares – the founder of the Kafranbel Media Centre- , who was shot dead by unknown assailants in Kafranbel, a town close to Idlib in northwestern Syria. Finally, the digest shares alarming information from Iran on the deterioration of the human rights situation and the new wave of harassment faced by defenders, in particular human rights lawyers, since September 2018.
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