Here you will find the latest on human rights topics and events from the worldwide network of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR), as well as the ‘ISHR Newsletter’. Photo: UN Photo/Marie Frenchon
As the global recession in democracy and rise in authoritarianism deepens, the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) upholds their comprehensive efforts in advocating for and supporting those fighting for their civil and political rights worldwide. The year 2021 marks the 15th consecutive year of decline in global freedom, the Freedom in the World Report 2021 states.
Around a hundred people gathered at the historic Römerberg Square in Frankfurt-am-Main to demand an end to the "last dictatorship in Europe" and the release of all political prisoners in Belarus. Thanks to the ISHR, many German parliamentarians, academics and members of civil society came together to stand up for the Belarusian people.
What is common between the Ukrainian Bar Association's recommendation to members of the High Council of Justice from the Bar to resign and the European Court of Human Rights' decision to recognise the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court of Poland as a court not established in accordance with the law? Let's look into it and draw parallels with Ukraine.
The Belarusian democracy movement has been subjected to massive repression since the rigged presidential elections of 9 August 2020. Peaceful protesters have been brutally arrested, representatives of the opposition have been imprisoned and tortured, even media and NGOs' workers have been persecuted. The ISHR invites everyone to support the Belarusian democracy movement at a rally to be held on 18 September 2021 at Römer (Frankfurt-am-Main).
Dr. René Gomez Manzano, representative of ISHR Cuba, spent several days unconscious after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and injected with an unknown substance under the care of the Cuban regime. He lost consciousness and suffered communication issues. The ISHR demands full clarification of the events.
After the wave of protests in July 2021, the arrested demonstrators will now be sentenced despite court breaks established by the authorities. The defendants are not granted a lawyer to challenge the scant evidence. The judicial break is used to prevent appeals.
The International Society for Human Rights spoke with John Suárez, Executive Director of Center for a Free Cuba. He answered questions about the current protests and the socio-economic outbreak that the Cuban people live, as well as the repression and persecution of the Cuban regime against those who criticize it.
The Union of Victims’ Associations of Communist Tyranny, the Human Rights Center Cottbus, the International Society for Human Rights and the Memorial Foundation Victims of Communism organized a tribunal on “Forced Labor in Political Prison in the GDR”.
Leaders from the world’s largest independent Muslim organization and the world’s largest Evangelical Christian organization are beginning a joint effort to respond globally to threats to religious freedom coming from religious extremism and secular extremism.
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).