2013 AEDH partner panorama

carte monde partenaires dec2013AEDH promotes human rights and liberties by facilitating the success and development of NGOs and local action groups. Because we see human rights as universal and interdependent, we do not privilege just one kind of rights or one geographic area in particular. The 21 projects executed by our partner organisations and supported by AEDH in 2013 run along thematic lines:

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Nava Jyothi News from South India : The ‘Untouchables’ unite !

Nava Jyothi

In an interview with the BBC last August, Romilla Thapar, one of the most respected experts on India’s history, decried the lot of Indian women, pointing to the many rapes that have been making the headlines since the beginning of the year. Violence against women spans the history of India, from the distant past to the present day. But a number of civil society actors have been mobilising to improve the situation for today’s Indian women and to create a brighter future for them, for the most disenfranchised in particular. The Indian group FEDINA created a network of such organisations in 1996; that network includes Nava Jyothi, a partner of AEDH since 2009.

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2012 A landmark year for the Emergency Fund!

Fonds d'Urgence 2012

The Emergency Fund for Human Rights Defenders in Danger experienced a significant increase in takeup in 2012. Last year sixty nine activists drew upon the emergency fund – that’s 29 more than in 2011 – amounting to a total of 93 000 euros in aid – three times that dispensed in 2011.

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April 2013 Hissène Habré stands trial!

Jugement Hissène Habré

February 8 2013 marked the inauguration of the Extraordinary African Court, created with the sole objective of bringing Hissène Habré to trial, at the Dakar Palais de Justice. Nearly thirteen years ago, on 26 October 2000, we accompanied 17 of Habre’s victims who had come to testify against him.

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Mauritanian women speak out

Paroles de femmes mauritaniennes

Between September 2010 and September 2012, AEDH coordinated the FAM programme, a programme devoted to the defense and promotion of women’s rights in Mauritania. The programme, subsidised by the EU and CCFD-Terre Solidaire, was set up on the ground by three local partner organisations: l’Association des Femmes Chefs de Famille (the Association of Women Heads of Household, AFCF), l’Association Mauritanienne des Droits de l’Homme (The Mauritanian Human Rights Association, AMDH) and SOS-Esclaves. Here are some of the testimonials that have been gathered from women on the ground. They reflect the harsh realities that Mauritanian women face, and will be used by our partner organisations in their awareness-raising campaigns.

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