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On 20 July 2014, the Sidi Gaber Appeal Misdemeanour Court in Alexandria upheld a sentence against Ms Mahienour El-Masry to six months' imprisonment and a fine of 50,000 Egyptian pounds (€5,000...


At 4am on 18 July 2014, human rights defender Mr Ali Idrissa was arrested at his home without an arrest warrant. He was released in the afternoon of the same day.


On this 18 July 2014, human rights defender M. Josué Bura Thenga has received a text message threatening him with death, while his colleague M. Jean Marie Dhena Diro, was called by an unknown man who also threatened him with death.

Eloisa Samy was one of those arrested and detained on 12 July 2014

On 12 July 2014, human rights defender Ms Eloisa Samy was arrested during raids carried out by the civil police force, when 19 protesters were arrested and police invaded the homes of protesters and human rights defenders.

Members of Assembly of the Poor

On the morning of 17 July 2014, human rights defender Mr Prom Jarana was arrested at his home in Pakam District by a group of Thai officials including five police officers and five soldiers. No reasons were given for his arrest.


Scores of human rights defenders, civil society activists, media and humanitarian workers remain in arbitrary detention in Syria more than a month after the government declared a general amnesty, twelve nongovernmental organizations said today. Syrian officials...

A European Council meeting, February 7, 2013

As the EU goes through the process of seeking a new High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN) has created their own job specification for the role.


In August 2014, US President Barack Obama will host the first US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC. While President Obama has often talked about the need for strong institutions over strong individuals and has championed civil society, African civil society...

Jouranlists protesting charges against Unity Weekly Journalists (via

More than 50 journalists and their supporters were charged under Article 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act 2012, which requires prior permission for public gatherings.

Leaders of the BRICS nations meet in Brazil (Photo: Deutsche Welle)

On 15 July, the 6th BRICS Summit will open in Brazil. The timing, in many ways, could not be more important for each of the 5 countries involved.