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2016 World Press Freedom Index ­– leaders paranoid about journalists
Most of the movement in the World Press Freedom Index unveiled today by Reporters Without Borders is indicative of a climate of fear and tension combined with increasing control over newsrooms by governments and private-sector interests.

The ICC opens a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine
Our organisations [1] welcome the opening by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) of a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine, which represents hope for victims and for lasting peace in the region.

Court should drop spurious charges against Nabeel Rajab on 20 January
The Bahraini authorities must immediately drop all charges against Nabeel Rajab and put an end to the continued judicial harassment against him said today the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders.

Record vote in support of a universal moratorium on the death penalty
FIDH welcomes the adoption of the UNGA resolution to establish a global moratorium on the death penalty, adopted on 18 December 2014, by an increased number of States.

FIDH celebrates the 35th anniversary of the CEDAW Convention
To mark the 35th anniversary of the adoption of the international Convention on the Elimination of all forms of DiscriminationAagainst Women (CEDAW), on 18 December 2014, FIDH launches a series of original and creative tools designed by students at the Paris School of Decorative Art.

FIDH mission in Gaza
and the West Bank
FIDH conducted an investigative mission in Gaza from 24 to 28 October. This mission was able to document the destruction of infrastructures in Gaza during the last offensive led by Israel. An investigative mission report will follow in the coming weeks.

The cancellation of annual summit of Nobel peace prize laureates in support of the Dalai lama

Shirin Ebadi and Judi Williams
met the leader of the Tibetan Buddhist

The annual summit did not take place in Cape Town ,South Africa, after the Nobel's Women Initiative members refused to attend and skipped this meeting.

Why a Gaza ceasefire isn’t enough
Raji Sourani*

The death and destruction being inflicted on the Gaza Strip is impossible to describe. Sitting here in Gaza, it is hard to even understand what is happening.

Nabeel Rajab free, after more than 600 days of arbitrary detention
Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and Deputy Secretary General of FIDH was released from jail today after being detained for more than 600 days.

China-Russia disgraceful Veto in the Security Council blocks ICC Referral of the Syrian Situation
In a disgraceful move, Russia and China vetoed no less than accountability in Syria today at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) by rejecting an unprecedented resolution proposed by France and Lithuania referring the situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

International Federation for Human Rights:

The UN Security Council must refer Syria to the ICC
The UN Security Council is discussing a resolution proposed by France to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC). A vote on the resolution is expected on Friday 16 May.

Global Movement for a Binding Treaty
Social Movements, NGOs and Human Rights Groups “Call on U.N. Human Rights Council to start developing a treaty to tackle corporate human rights violations”

International Federation for Human Rights:

529 death sentences against Morsy supporters in conclusion of an unfair trial
FIDH expresses its utmost concern after an Egyptian court sentenced to death 529 defendants, concluding a procedure that has flagrantly violated the most fundamental guarantees of a fair trial.

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General on Iran
New York, 3 January 2009 - The Secretary-General is greatly concerned about reports that Iranian lawyer, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has been threatened in recent days, her Center for the Defense of Human Rights broken into and materials taken, and that hostile crowds have mobilized today outside her office and home. He calls on the Iranian authorities to take immediate measures to prevent any further harassment and to ensure Shirin Ebadi's safety and security.

Defenders of Human Rights Center
Member of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)