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
The forced landing of a Ryanair flight on Sunday 23 May 2021 has put Belarusian president Alexander G. Lukashenko in a new global spotlight. This incident marks a new quality of Belarusian authoritarian repression that has already intensified substantially since August 2020, when Belarusians were met with violent police crackdown while protesting his controversial re-election results.
They use all means to achieve their goal: although Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights prohibits the use of torture, it is still used in many countries. In conmemoration of the International Day to Support Victims of Torture on June 26th, the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) shows the methods Belarus, China, Cuba, Iran and Turkey use to torture prisoners, sometimes to the point of death.
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.
Cristiana Chamorro has been detained and held incommunicado at her home since June 3rd. She is the candidate for the opposition in the next presidential elections and has the best chance of winning the polls, removing Daniel Ortega from office after fourteen years of ruling.
Ingushetia: already 2 years in Russian pre-trial detention for peaceful protests against the handover of land to Chechnya. The former interior minister, the head of the local Red Cross, a museum director, two young lawyers, a university professor, a philologist and elected representative, a department head in the health sector ... They all urgently need our help!
Cuban journalists and activist Mary Karla Ares, Thais Franco and Esteban Rodríguez remain detained for protesting the violations against Otero Alcántara. ISHR: Cuba’s leadership practices news suppression and imprisons journalists.
The ISHR stands in solidarity with Yandier García Labrada, his family and the Christian Liberation Movement. From the ISHR, we condemn the arbitrariness committed against García Labrada and demand that the Cuban state ensures his fundamental rights and order his immediate release.
President Miguel Díaz-Canel has been elected chairman of the Communist Party of Cuba. This officially ends an era on the Caribbean island in which the Castro brothers were at the head of the all-determining state party for six decades. The International Society for Human Rights (ISHR), which is represented by a section in Cuba, points out that a "change" has only taken place externally.
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’.
The purpose of the visit was to support Moldovan human rights activists, including the members of the Moldovan Section of the ISHR, as well as on-site study of the state of human rights in the Republic of Moldova, including the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria).
The President of the International Council of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) and author of the book ‘Human Trafficking’ has sought out brick factories near Lahore, Pakistan where slaves working under the most degrading conditions are producing bricks.