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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.

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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.

    Violence against women in #Nigeria: in conversation with the African Girls Empowerment Network (AGE)

    Violence against women in #Nigeria: in conversation with the African Girls Empowerment Network (AGE)

    AGE networks Matina Ebri (Head, Administrator), Esther Odiong (Finance Officer) and Margeret Oyigeya (Operation officer) share the challenges they face in their work advocating for womens rights, the nuances of advocating for womens rights within a patriarchal society, and their own experiences and stories as women regarding the work they carry out at AGE network in Nigeria.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    First hand account: HRD Hafez Huraini attacked and harassed by Israeli settlers and authorities.

    First hand account: HRD Hafez Huraini attacked and harassed by Israeli settlers and authorities.

    We hear from Palestinian land rights defender Hafez Huraini, a farmer from at-Tuwani village in Masafer Yatta, Hebron, Occupied Palestinian Territory. He speaks about the context of Masafer Yatta, and his most recent experience being brutally assaulted and harassed by settlers and Israeli authorities on his own land.

    • 9 min
    Olena Shevchenko on the war and situation for lgbtqi+ defenders in #Ukraine

    Olena Shevchenko on the war and situation for lgbtqi+ defenders in #Ukraine

    On this episode of rights on the line, we talk to Olena Schevchenko, the chairperson of Insight, an NGO that focuses on promoting and protecting the rights of LGBTQI + persons in Ukraine. This year, amidst a crisis of war, pride month was different for LGBTIQ defenders in Ukraine. While Olena and Insight would usually be organising pride events around this time, this year they are providing support and protection to the LGBTQI+ community during the war in Ukraine. Olena shares insights on the situation for HRDs on the ground during the war, how it has affected the LGBTIQ and Human rights community, and how Insight and other lgbtqi + groups have adapted their work to support the current needs of the war crisis.

    • 33 min
    Abahlali baseMjondolo on the recent killings of their HRD leaders

    Abahlali baseMjondolo on the recent killings of their HRD leaders

    Abahlali baseMjondolo is a grassroots movement of poor shack dwellers in Durban and other parts of South Africa, advocating for the rights of people living in shacks, including access to decent housing, services and education. Since their inception, leaders of the fast growing movement – with a member base of up to 100,000 – have been targeted and sadly, killed. In the last two weeks, two leaders were again murdered, bringing the number of HRDs killed in the movement to over 20.

    30-year old activist Ayanda Ngila was gunned down while tending to a communal garden in Cato Crest. He was a branch chairperson at the time of his murder. Shortly after, Bongumusa Manqele was killed in eNkanini informal settlement during a raid by a large police contingent. We chat to one of Abahlali’s prominent leaders, Sbu Zikode, to hear more about the situation.

    • 26 min
    Land/environmental rights defenders and the data gap: reporting and realities

    Land/environmental rights defenders and the data gap: reporting and realities

    Season 4, episode1:

    Gaps in state-reported data on land and environmental rights defenders negatively and severely impacts the ability to monitor and mitigate situations where human rights defenders are at risk.
    In 2020, Front Line Defenders reported that 331 human rights defenders were killed, 69% being land and environmental rights defenders. But, Official data on killings remain limited, while there is even less data on physical and other types of lethal attacks on defenders.

    In this episode, we talk about the gap in data in terms of land rights defenders, touching on the crucial gap report and the data working group. We chat to Carole Excell, Director of Environmental Democracy Practice at the World Resources Institute, and Eva Hershaw, who works on land and monitoring data at the international land coalition.

    • 35 min
    NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware hack on Palestinan HRDs - explained by DPC Mohammad Al-Maskati

    NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware hack on Palestinan HRDs - explained by DPC Mohammad Al-Maskati

    Topics covered:

    - How the situation unfolded since the suspicion of an initial hack and breach
    - How the announcement of the 6 organisations deemed as‘’terrorist’’ linked to the unfolding investigation
    - Who NSO Group is and what Pegasus is
    - How the devices were confirmed to be infected, and what happens when spyware is installed on a device
    - Recommendations on the situation and what the international community can do.

    • 14 min

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