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Maryam Al-Khawaja from Bahrain

Maryam Al-Khawaja is a human rights defender from Bahrain/Denmark. She is the Vice-Chair of the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, a board member at ISHR, and a board member at CIVICUS.

Bahrain | Free imprisoned rights activists

Although Bahrain has completed the release of 1,486 prisoners in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, the releases so far have mainly excluded opposition leaders, journalists, and human rights defenders – many of whom are older and/or suffer from underlying medical conditions. ISHR has joined a slate of national and international NGOs to call for their release.

HRC36 | Key issues on agenda of September session

The 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council, from 11 to 29 September 2017, will consider issues including women's rights, reprisals, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance. It will also present an opportunity to address grave human rights situations in States including Burundi, China, Myanmar and Yemen. Here's an overview of some of the key issues on the agenda.

Tackling the democratic recession

Worlwide we are simultaneously witnessing a democratic recession on the part of governments and an increasing appetite for democracy on the part of ordinary people. We must respond with an increased commitment to the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression, writes UN expert Maina Kiai.