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Image: Norway does not give human rights defenders the protection they need

Norway does not give human rights defenders the protection they need

"Norway does not provide human rights defenders the protection they need, and thus the government violates its own stated mission to support and protect human rights defenders in practice, as Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has stated in a speech in connection with today's 60-year anniversary of the World Declaration on Human Rights," says Norwegian Helsinki Committee's adviser Aage Borchgrevink. 10 Dec 2008 »

Image: Leyla Zana in Bergen November 2006, on the marking of the 20th Anniversary of the Rafto Human Rights Award. 
Copyright: Andrei Liankevich / Rafto Foundation
HRH Bergen

Leyla Zana sentenced to 10 years in prison

A Turkish court sentenced the Kurdish human rights activist Leyla Zana (47), right, to 10 years in prison on 4 December, reported Reuters, BBC and other international media. Zana was awarded the Rafto Prize in 1994. 05 Dec 2008 »

Image: Burma: free speech crackdown accelerates
HRH London

Burma: free speech crackdown accelerates

The Burmese people are still experiencing the backlash from the Saffron Revolution, right, with more and more writers, satirists and dissidents being locked up. ARTICLE 19 and Index on Censorship are immensely saddened by the plummeting situation, and the continuing deterioration of human rights and freedom of expression in the country. 27 Nov 2008 »

Image: The Prosecutor General’s Office

The Prosecutor General’s Office

carrying the defendants to court was involved in a crash. However, there may be more twists 26 Nov 2008 »

Image: Judge Yevgeny Zubov of bias

Judge Yevgeny Zubov of bias

However, there may be more twists and turns before the trial finally gets under way. The Prosecutor General’s Office has demanded that the presiding judge be replaced. They accuse Judge Yevgeny Zubov of bias. 26 Nov 2008 »

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