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Renewed strength and resilience – Iranian lawyer and journalist fights for equal rights for women

The Iranian human rights activist Shadi Sadr knows all about jail conditions in her country. The 38-year-old lawyer has herself been detained many times in Evin, a jail for political prisoners. Blindfolded, Sadr was repeatedly forced to answer questions from her male jailers about her involvement in the country's women's movement, and about her travel, campaigns and contacts, particularly those abroad. She was released on bail, but her organization, RAAHI, which campaigns for women's rights, was outlawed.

Dr. Sima Samar – Afghanistan’s voice for human rights

She was a refugee, a Hazara woman and therefore part of the most persecuted minority in Afghanistan. Her husband went missing and never returned. In a country ravaged by more than three decades of war, Taliban rule and violation of women's rights, Sima Samar became a doctor, Afghanistan's first Minister of Women's Affairs and one of the country's most prominent human rights advocates.

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Dr. Denis Mukwege Mukengre

58-year-old Dr. Denis Mukwege is a gynecological surgeon in Bukavu, a city in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He treats women who have been gang-raped or suffered other forms of sexual violence.

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Lenin Raghuvanshi

It has been 65 years since India — the largest democracy in the world — attained independence. Yet, justice for all is still a far cry in the country where the caste system continues to determine political, social, and economic lives of a billion people. Money and muscle power, together with political string-pulling, often result in denial of justice for the hapless ‘have-nots’, especially the Dalits (untouchables), ravaged by poverty and illiteracy.

Mazen Darwish still under arrest

38-year-old Syrian journalist and founder of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression is still being held by the Syrian authorities. Calls from international human rights organizations for his immediate release go unheeded. Darwish and his 13 employees were taken into custody on February 16 by Syrian security forces.

Roland Berger Foundation calls for the immediate release of Syrian journalist and human rights campaigner Mazen Darwish and all his colleagues at the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression

On Thursday night, security officials of the Syrian regime stormed the offices of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression in Damascus. They arrested its founder and director, Mazen Darwish, along with all his staff at the center. This action has caused great dismay at the Roland Berger Foundation, which was able to announce the news on Friday afternoon.

Message from Mr. Mazen Darwish

His Excellency President of the Federal Republic of Germany; dear Roland Berger, the founder of the Foundation; ladies and gentlemen: The fact that I cannot be with you today is an indicator of the fact that despotism does not deprive us only of our freedom, but also of any possibility of joy or happiness.