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12th February 2019, 16:05:18 UTC

Urgent Action: Woman Human Rights Defender Facing Threats Online

Woman human rights defender Fátima Mimbire has been receiving intimidating messages on social media from unknown people since 18 January.

These threats began after she took up an active role in the Centre for Public Integrity’s (CIP) campaign against the Mozambique government seeking to repay loans it acquired illegally and secretly. There has also been a smear campaign aimed at Fátima on social media in an attempt to further intimidate her and delegitimise her work.

One facebook user said ‘“Fatima Mimbire should feel shame of your attitude. She is sexually used by American and Portuguese people to earn money and still shows on social media to destabilisze the country. Why don’t you take care of your family that needs you? You should enjoy your life while you still alive”.

Write a letter to government officials calling on them to take action to protect Fátima Mimbire and ensure the right to freedom of expression is respected and protected in Mozambique.

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