Front Line Defenders – Video on repression of social protest in Spain
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6 October 2014 at 8:36 PM #7373Vito TodeschiniParticipant
Front Line Defenders launches video on repression of social protest in Spain in the context of the World Cup Campaign on human rights defenders
Front Line Defenders, an Irish international human rights organization dedicated to the security and protection of human rights defenders around the world, launches a new video on the repression of social protest in Spain in the context of the draft amendments to the Law of Citizen Security and the Penal Code.
Front Line Defenders is concerned about the trend of repression and criminalization of the exercise of freedom of expression and freedom of assembly in Spain and calls on the Spanish authorities to ensure that all those who work peacefully to defend the rights of others can carry out their legitimate activities without fear of reprisals.
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This video is launched in support of the international mobilisation #28JSolidaridad and as part of the campaign of Front Line Defenders and Brazilian NGO partners Justiça Global and Terra de Direitos to focus attention on the plight of 42 human rights defenders (HRDs) from each of the participating World Cup nations – including a 'team' of 11 HRDs from Brazil. The website of the campaign can be visited at http://www.sportshrd.org
“Front Line Defenders draws attention to these heroes in our societies who work at great personal risk, against seemingly insurmountable odds to secure fundamental rights and freedoms for others,” announced Mary Lawlor, Executive Director of Front Line Defenders at the launch of the campaign. “If just a fraction of the global attention given to football could be given to securing human rights, we would all be celebrating victory.”
“Teamwork and a strong support base is fundamental to success at the World Cup – Front Line Defenders, and its partners in Brazil, are intent on providing that support to our teams of HRDs around the world,” explained Adam Shapiro, Head of Campaigns. “The campaign site allows visitors to send messages of solidarity, which we will deliver to the HRDs – such expressions provide much needed encouragement for those facing tremendous risk on a daily basis.”
Front Line Defenders has worked for over a decade to provide practical and rapid support for human rights defenders at risk, including emergency support, grants, training in physical and digital security, international advocacy and campaigning.
Please share with your contacts and for more information:
Head of Campaigns
Maria San Martin (English and Spanish)
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