Front Line Defenders is the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. We work to provide fast and effective action to help protect human rights defenders at risk so they can continue their work as key agents of social change.


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Sanaa Seif

On 26 October 2014, a new hearing in the trial of seven women human rights defenders, including Ms Sanaa Seif and Ms Yara Sallam, will...


Denis Mukwege, Congolese human rights defender and physician, has been awarded the European Union's top human rights award, the Sakharov prize, for his work to help victims of rape in the Democractic Republic of Congo.


On the morning of Friday, July 25, 2014, prominent human rights defenders Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu received two-year prison sentences, handed down by Judge Mpendulo Simelane in Swaziland. Maseko, a decorated human rights activist and lawyer, and Makhubu, a...


We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations, are writing to urge you to stop the clampdown on the right to freedom of association and end reprisals against independent non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Russia.


On 19 October 2014 human rights defender Mr Sulaiman Bin Jasim was sentenced to one month imprisonment. On 20 October 2014 the human rights defender appealed the sentence. However, a date for...

Committee of Soldier's Mothers

On 17 October 2014, 73-year-old human rights defender Ms Ludmila Bogatenkova, the head of the Soldiers Mothers' Committee in the city of Budennovsk in the Stavropol region, was charged with fraud and put in pre-trial detention.


On 15 October 2014, the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan voted to adopt, in its first reading, the package of amendments to the Criminal Code and the Administrative Code prohibiting “promotion of non-traditional sexual relations in open or indirect way”.


On 15 October 2014, several bloggers and journalists appeared before a court for the 10th hearing of their trial on fabricated terrorism-related offences. The defence raised procedural and constitutional issues and the hearing was eventually adjourned to 4 November...


On 14 October 2014, the second hearing of Mr Osama Al-Najjar took place. In this hearing the human rights defender stated that he had not been given access to the case file or allowed to contact...


On 7 October 2014, the former cell mate of imprisoned Vietnamese human rights defender Mr Dang Xuan Dieu reported the severe, inhuman treatment of Dang Xuan Dieu who has been held in isolation and unable to communicate with anyone outside of the prison since...