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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.

GA73 | Only vote for candidates who fit the bill

The world’s top human rights body should only be composed of States who have a genuine commitment to protecting human rights. At the Human Rights Council elections to take place tomorrow in New York, UN Member States should refrain from voting for candidates that blatantly fail to uphold the highest standards of human rights and fail to fully cooperate with this Council.

United Arab Emirates | Lawyers attempt to reach human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, held incommunicado

On 26 February 2018, lawyers from Ireland approached the Ministry of the Interior in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to try to gain access to distinguished human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, who has been detained since 20 March 2017 for his human rights activities. Mansoor, who received the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2015, is a member of the advisory boards of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and Human Rights Watch (HRW).