25 February 2013

Tunisia: for the better protection of workers’ rights

Tunis – Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) has launched its first project to ensure the economic and social rights of marginalised groups in Tunisia. Despite the Arab Spring of 2010-2011, the living conditions of these groups remain difficult. In partnership with the Forum Tunisien pour les Droits Economiques et Sociaux, ASF aims, among other things, to improve the working conditions of people employed in the textile and mining sectors.

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20 February 2013

Accused of witchcraft, Laxima Dangoriya

Nepal: Woman accused of witchcraft was able to access justice

Rupandehi, Western Nepal – In a small rural community, a 28 years old woman accused of witchcraft was beaten by villagers. Supported by ASF’s partner – the Forum for Protection of People’s Rights (PPR) – and legal aid lawyers, she filed an official complaint with the police and brought her case to the local court. Accusations of witchcraft are recurrent in remote villages in Nepal.

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8 February 2013

Tunisia: investigation of Belaïd’s assassination should be impartial

Tunis/ Brussels – As Chokri Belaïd’s funeral takes place in a climate of high tensions, Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) calls on the Tunisian authorities to carry out an independent and impartial investigation of the political leader’s death. Such measures will ensure justice regarding the assassination of M. Belaïd, a lawyer and human rights defender.

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5 February 2013

Burundi under international pressure

Geneva – At the request of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Government of Burundi submitted its report on the human rights situation in Burundi. At the Universal Periodic Review, to which Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) contributed, several member states expressed their concerns regarding issues such as the impunity of perpetrators and extrajudicial executions, threats to journalists and human rights defenders, the absence of transitional justice mechanisms, and discrimination against the Batwa people.

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