Human Rights Hub
In 2023, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom established a Human Rights Hub in Geneva. As a hub for the Foundation's human rights work, it strengthens respect for and compliance with human rights and promotes the rules-based international legal order. The hub will connect human rights defenders and civil society organizations with each other and with UN organizations in Geneva.
South Africa vs. Israel
The International Court of Justice has issued an order in the proceedings between South Africa and Israel. The case is about the application of the Genocide Convention in the Gaza Strip. Although Israel does not have to stop its military operation, the ICJ demands provisional measures to prevent civilian casualties. The decision touches on sensitive issues of genocidal intent while ignoring aspects of international law. The proceedings, initiated by South Africa, also reflect domestic political motivations and warrant global attention.
Maria Ressa: "2024 will tell if democracy survives"
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted 75 years ago, and the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders is celebrating its 25th anniversary. To mark these two milestones, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) and Reporters Without Borders Germany (RSF) hosted a high-profile conference in Berlin on December 7. At the event called "Journalists Defending Human Rights", journalists from Mexico, Russia and Afghanistan reported on their own experience, and Philippine journalist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa spoke about technology as a threat to democracy.
Maria Ressa: "What I want is Action"
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Maria Ressa has been working on promoting freedom of press in the Philippines during her whole career. She returned to the Philippines in 1986 after her education abroad and started her work as a journalist after the People Power Revolution, eventually holding leadership positions in several local and international news organizations. In 2012, she established Rappler, a digital-only news site, dedicated to promoting truth and democracy in journalism. She became the target of lawfare and political harassment by the Duterte government.
Resilience against Injustice
Lawyers as Heroes of Freedom: Their courage defies authoritarian regimes. In the new publication 'Resisting Injustice - Lawyers as Human Rights Defenders,' discover how they defend human rights and become targets of persecution. A glimpse into their challenging role in the battle for the rule-of-law.
„Raif Badawi just moved from a small prison to a larger one”
As part of the 2023 Frankfurt Book Fair, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, in cooperation with the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, once again hosted the Raif Badawi Talk. With the talk, the Foundation not only commemorates the fate of the blogger Raif Badawi, but also wants to remind of the difficult situation for journalists worldwide. Under this year’s motto "Women.Press.Freedom." not only Ensaf Haidar, Raif Badawi's wife, but two strong female voices had their say on the panel - Nevsin Mengü (Turkish journalist), and Wazhma Tokhi (Afghan publicist and activist).
Nobel Peace Prize for Iranian Women’s Rights Activist
The prize goes to Narges Mohammadi, a women's rights activist who belongs to the circle around former Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadin. However, it should be seen as representative of the numerous women's rights activists in Iran.
Abusive Trials: Safeguarding Journalists and Human Rights Defenders against SLAPP Cases
Autocratic and illiberal regimes use political and legal persecution to silence journalists or human rights activists. Such legal proceedings are called "Strategic Litigation against Publication Participation" or SLAPP for short. A draft EU directive aims to prevent such abusive lawsuits that arbitrarily violate the fundamental rights of the accused.