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RightsCon – Growing the Community around Tech and Human Rights

Imagine 700 people, who are curious to learn more about anything from the latest malware governments are using to spy on activists, to new technologies that have social justice and digital security in mind and to discuss among civil society, big business and governments, how privacy can actually be protected when using the internet. Take […]

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HURIDOCS general meeting for 2014

The next HURIDOCS general meeting will be held in Geneva from 18.00 to 19.15 on 16 April 2014. The agenda for the meeting is as follows: Review of progress on 5 year strategic plan Approval of target budget for 2014 Approval of accounts for 2013 Discussion of amendments to statutes Any other items of business […]

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How To Make It Work – Our Approach to Capacity Building

It is the people that count. Our focus is technology with human rights organisations: We build databases, case management systems or websites. But a tool is always there for someone, be it a grassroots activist, who needs to swiftly and securely transfer information about what she witnessed; or an analyst, who monitors trends and alerts […]

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The Day We Fight Back

Privacy is a human right: People need it, governments have to protect it and business has to respect it. Too often, this is not the case. Today is the day we fight back. Thousands of individuals, international experts and a coalition of NGOs from all around the globe demand an end to unchecked mass surveillance. […]

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Two additional vacancies of UN experts of the Human Rights Council – Deadline 6 January 2014

Two additional unremunerated United Nations expert positions established by the United Nations Human Rights Council will be filled during 2014. The appointments are to be made for: Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice (Member from the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States) Working Group on the use of mercenaries […]

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New website of SADC Tribunal launched

A new website for the the South African Development Community Tribunal (SADC Tribunal) has been launched, making available all of its legal documents and jurisprudence in a well-accessible manner. The Tribunal, seated in Windhoek, Namibia, is the Court of Justice of the South African Development Community, and by this mandate has formulated jurisprudence touching upon […]

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What Privacy?

Privacy is a human right that may often feel elusive, but when it is violated its loss becomes tangible. When you cannot know if what you say will be heard only by those who are supposed to, how can you speak freely? If everything you do at home can be torn into the public realm, […]

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Adilur Rahman Khan is released on bail

Adilur Rahman Khan has been released on bail this Friday 10 October following his arrest almost two months ago. Adil, who is Secretary of the Bangladesh human rights NGO Odhikar, is charged with offenses related to Odhikar’s human rights monitoring and publications work. The charges are widely seen as having a political background, and as […]

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Joint Mobile Group from Russia is Martin Ennals Award 2013 Laureate

The Joint Mobile Group that supports victims of human rights violations in Chechnya has been selected as Laureate of the 2013 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. Mario Joseph and Mona Seif  have been recognised with Martin Ennals Prizes. The Martin Ennals Award is selected by the International Human Rights Community (See Jury Below) […]

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Call for applications for UN experts of the Human Rights Council

A large number of unremunerated United Nations expert positions established by the United Nations Human Rights Council will be available during 2014. Individuals seeking appointment should have extensive and internationally recognized professional experience and expertise in the field of human rights with an emphasis the particular human rights issue to which the position relates. Experts, […]

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