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Appeal of Solidarity to Belarus

On the occasion of a congress held in the former Cottbus prison under the motto "Forced labour in political GDR custody", the former political prisoners from the GDR who were present decided on the following appeal to the belarusian government.


On 13 Sep. 2020, the Tribunal on “Forced Labor in Political Custody in the GDR”, organized by the Union of Victims Associations of Communist Tyranny (UOKG) in cooperation with the Human Rights Center Cottbus, the ISHR and the Memorial Foundation Victims of Comunism (VIC), came to an end.


The MyPostcard team supports us to release the human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who had been sentenced to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes in Iran. As a protest about the unfair conditions, she is currently on hunger strike. Her health condition is getting worse progressively. Send her a FREE POSTCARD now as a sign of hope and show her that she is not forgotten.

84 Cuban civil rights activists arrested

Many Cubans demonstrated on 8 Sep. 2020 with sunflowers for freedom and the release of political prisoners. During this demonstration 84 Cuban civil rights activists were arrested. The Sunflower Revolution is not an attempt at violent overthrow, but a peaceful call for freedom, human rights and democracy in Cuba.

ISHR: Iranian public shows solidarity on Social Media

Alarming News from Tehran: As ISHR has learned from the inner circle of Nasrin Sotoudeh, her condition is continuously deteriorating. Despite appeals of other political prisoners and Iranian civil rights defenders to end the hunger strike, the 57 year old continues her hunger strike with determination.

Sakharov Prize winner Nasrin Sotoudeh on hunger strike

According to the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR), Iran’s most prominent political prisoner is protesting against unfair trials and the continued detention of civil rights activists despite the high risk of infection with the Coronavirus.



Schirrmacher visits Memorial Hall in Nanjing

The President of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR), Thomas Schirrmacher, visited the Memorial Hall for the victims of the Massacre of the Japanese invaders 1937/1938 in Nanjing (China).

Guest lecture on human trafficking at the University of Cologne

The President of the International Council of the International Society for Human Rights, Thomas Schirrmacher, gave a lecture on “Human Trafficking – The Return of Slavery” in Lecture Hall XII of the University of Cologne at the invitation of the student association ‘campus connect’.


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