[state] repression of dissent

The percentage of Shiite representatives in the country's institutions is on the decline. In the year 2003 the figure was 18%; it now stands at 13%.
Since 26 January more than 100 unarmed civilians have been killed in protests. AFF urges the African Union Commission to appoint a high-level African woman to be part of the team that will facilitate the resolution of the political crisis in Madagascar and to ensure the equal participation of Malagasy women and their organizations in the subsequent political processes, including elections.
Front Line est profondément préoccupée suite à la campagne de harcèlement présumée contre la défenseuse des droits humains Ghada Jamsheer, présidente du Women's Petition Committee (WPC).
Front Line has reported that Ghada Jamsheer, a woman human rights defender in Bahrain, has been the target of a harassment campaign.
Le 3 décembre, Jestina Mukoko, militante pour les droits humains, a été emmenée de force de son domicile par une douzaine d’hommes armés en civil qui se sont présentés comme des policiers.
Le 21 décembre 2008, le siège du Centre des défenseurs des droits de l’’Homme, à Téhéran, organisation membre de la FIDH en Iran, a été brutalement perquisitionné sans mandat d’un juge et fermé par la police.
Iranian authorities on Sunday closed the office of the country's main human rights organization, headed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi.
The Kuala Lumpur Criminal High Court has acquitted human rights defender Ms. Irene Fernandez, following 13 years of judicial battle.
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the release on bail of Ms. Esha Momeni, a member of the One Million Signatures Petition Campaign and a graduate student at the California State University Northridge.
Riot police in Harare, on the morning of Monday 27 October, descended on hundreds of women who were peacefully protesting over the delayed conclusion of the peace talks between Zimbabwe’s three major political parties.