Posts Tagged ‘MEA Laureate’

Human Rights Foundation intervenes for two prominent Human Rights Defenders

September 6, 2014

On 5 September 2014) the Human Rights Foundation issued a statement condemning the arbitrary arrests of two outstanding human rights defenders: Maryam al-Khawaja, co-director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR), and Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, president of the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH), and calls on the governments of Bahrain and Burundi to release them immediately.Al-Khawaja was detained last week by Bahraini authorities as she arrived to the island kingdom to visit her father, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a political prisoner currently on hunger strike.see:  https://thoolen.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/human-rights-defender-maryam-al-khawaja-stopped-at-bahrain-airport-may-appear-in-court-tomorrow/Mbonimpa – 2007 Laureate of the MEA – was jailed in May as part of a pre-election crackdown after criticizing Burundi’s ruling party on a radio program. see: https://thoolen.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/alert-mea-laureate-2007-pierre-claver-mbonimpa-arrested-in-burundi/

To see and hear the HRDs speak at the the 2011 and 2010 Oslo Freedom Forums, click the link below:

HRF Calls for the Immediate Release of Two Prominent Oslo Freedom Forum Speakers | News | The Human Rights Foundation.

Update on case of MEA Laureate Mbonimpa in Burundi

May 29, 2014

Frontline NEWlogos-1 condensed version - cropped reports that on 26 May 2014, the Bujumbura Court of First Instance refused a request for release due to unlawful arrest (Habeas Corpus) filed by human rights defender Mr Pierre Claver Mbonimpa in Burundi. Mbonimpa – Laureate of the MEA in 2007 – has been in detention since 16 May 2014 and is currently being held in the Central Prison of Mpimba. More information on Pierre Claver Mbonimpa’s case is available on http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/25956 and my previous post https://thoolen.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/alert-mea-laureate-2007-pierre-claver-mbonimpa-arrested-in-burundi/.