ProtectDefenders.eu has received with utmost concern recent reports on the aggravation of the repression against human rights defenders in Egypt, in a new wave of harassment, attacks, and threats reported in recent weeks, such as the arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Amr Imam, human rights lawyer at the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)..
Moreover, the October 2019 digest of alerts rings the alerm their deepest concern over the sentencing of four women’s rights defenders in Iran, who have been targeted by the authorities for their defence of women’s rights and their support of the protests against mandatory hijab laws. Also, recent information reporting judicial harassment and police abuses against human rights defenders in Russia is featured this month.
Only in October 2019, ProtectDefenders. eu documented and reported at least 18 new attacks against human rights defenders and has provided emergency support to 25 human rights defenders facing high risk.