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Front Line Defenders is an international human rights organization based in Ireland working exclusively for the security and protection of human rights defenders at risk.

    Challenges in protecting gender and LGBTI rights in Turkey (in context of the Istanbul Convention)

    Challenges in protecting gender and LGBTI rights in Turkey (in context of the Istanbul Convention)

    We discuss the challenges faced by human rights defenders working on gender and LGBTI issues, in light of the recent withdrawal of Turkey from the Istanbul Convention. We chat to Aslıhan Tekin, the EU Representative /Alternate Board Member of the European Women's Lobby Coordination for Turkey, as well as Yildiz Tar, Media and Communications Program Coordinator at Kaos GL, an organisation which aims to advance the rights of the LGBTIQ community in Turkey. Our guests will shed light on the pushback against gender issues in Turkey, and how the withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention impacts women, and women human rights defenders, and LGBTI rights defenders and the LGBTI community.

    • 41 min
    FLD Global Analysis 2020 - How did Covid-19 affect the work of HRDs?

    FLD Global Analysis 2020 - How did Covid-19 affect the work of HRDs?

    In this episode, we discuss the findings of the Front Line Defenders Global Analysis report 2020, focusing on the impact of Covid-19 on the work of human rights defenders, especially in terms of digital security and lockdown regulations. Guests include: Ed O' Donovan, Head of Protection at Front Line Defenders; a HRD from Zambia, an HRD from the Colombian organisation ''Somos Defensores'' speaking on the killings in Colombia, and Bestang Sarah Dekdeken from the Philippines speaking about the impact of Covid-19 on indigenous rights defenders in the Philippines.

    • 48 min
    Episode 10 - The Human Rights Cost Of 'Finance In Common'

    Episode 10 - The Human Rights Cost Of 'Finance In Common'

    This is a special episode, produced by the Coalition for Human Rights in Development. in collaboration with Front Line Defenders.

    Ahead of the upcoming Finance in Common Summit in Paris, we speak with defenders in Kenya, Guatemala and India, about the human rights impact of projects imposed in the name of development

    From the 9th to the 12th of November, all public development banks in the world will be together for the first time ever. Over 450 finance institutions and heads of governments will meet to discuss their response to global challenges such as climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Under the flag of "sustainable development", these banks often present themselves as the world's saviours. But their investments come at a high price. Activities they finance have been linked to thousands of human rights violations. Human rights defenders who oppose harmful projects are being accused of being “anti-development” and they are being threatened, attacked and killed. Indigenous Peoples are seeing their territories being pillaged. Rural communities are being forcibly evicted.

    Yet, despite growing evidence about these abuses, human rights are not even mentioned in the Finance in Common summit agenda and are glossed over in the proposed joint declaration that all banks will sign at the end of the event. Once again, the voices of human rights defenders and local communities are being completely ignored.

    • 29 min
    Episodio SP 2 - Defender Derechos En Tiempos De COVID - 19

    Episodio SP 2 - Defender Derechos En Tiempos De COVID - 19

    Episodio SP 2 - Defender Derechos En Tiempos De COVID - 19

    Una conversación con Sandra Patago, Front Line Defenders; Guillermo Rodríguez García. Oficial de incidencia del programa para México y centroamérica del Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional (CEJIL); Argentina Casanova, codirectora ejecutiva de la RNDDHMX; Waquel Drullard, facilitadore de proyectos en Artículo 19 en la oficina de Mx y Centroamérica y colabora en la facilitación del Espacio OSC en México; María Martín, coordinadora de incidencia de la IM-Defensoras; y Lesly Guerrero, encargada área legal internacional de UDEFEGUA (Guatemala).

    Además del fuerte impacto que ha tenido la crisis sanitaria generada por la pandemia de COVID-19 en el acceso a derechos y servicios básicos, esta ha resultado también en una profundización de la crisis democrática y de derechos humanos en la región mesoamericana. Como respuesta a la pandemia, algunos Estados de la región han implementado acciones de carácter punitivo, como toques de queda, estados de excepción o la militarización de la seguridad ciudadana, entre otras medidas contrarias a los derechos humanos de la población. En este contexto, la defensa de los derechos humanos enfrenta nuevos obstáculos y, a la vez, se vuelve más urgente que nunca.

    Estas son algunas de las conclusiones del brief “Defender derechos en tiempos de COVID-19: retos para México y Centroamérica” publicado el día de hoy por el Espacio OSC para la protección de personas defensoras y periodistas (Espacio OSC), Front Line Defenders, la Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Mujeres Defensoras de Derechos Humanos (IM-Defensoras), la Red Nacional de Mujeres Defensoras de Derechos Humanos en México (RNDDHM), el Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional (CEJIL), la Unidad de Protección a Defensoras y Defensores de Derechos Humanos, Guatemala (UDEFEGUA), el North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), y Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED).

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Hafez Omar Interview

    Hafez Omar Interview

    Interview with Palestinian artist and human rights defender Hafez Omar for Cypher 02:

    https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/sites/default/files/cypher02.pdf

    • 26 min
    Season 2, Episode 9 - Watched & Monitored: Protecting HRDs from Surveillance

    Season 2, Episode 9 - Watched & Monitored: Protecting HRDs from Surveillance

    Episode 9 - Watched & Monitored: Protecting HRDs from Surveillance

    - FLD Intro: 00:00 - 01:20
    - Hussein Radhi, Bahrain: 01:20 - 04:38
    - BIll Marczak, The Citizen Lab, Canada: 04:39 - 16:11
    - Tahir Imran, Pakistan: 16:12 -30:02
    - Zehida Bihorac, Bosnia & Herzegovina: 30:03 - 36:02

    • 36 min

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