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Across the globe human rights defenders face various forms of persecution in their everyday struggle for human rights

In Honduras an anonymous tip off alerts members of Cofadeh that their Director Bertha Oliva, and other prominent human rights defenders, are on a death list.

In Armenia Mr Arshaluys Hakobyan of the Helsinki Association is taken into custody and beaten.

In Thailand Ms Angkhana Neelaphaijit who is the chairperson of the Working Group on Justice and Peace (WGJP) and wife of the missing human rights lawyer, Somchai Neelaphaijit, who disappeared on 12 March 2004 in Bangkok, is subjected to an ongoing campaign of harassment and intimidation.

These few cases are typical of the thousands of human rights defenders who dedicate their lives and risk their personal security in defence of the rights of others.

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Urgent Cases

Thailand – Community-based human rights defenders at risk of violence and eviction by local law enforcement and paramilitaryposted on: 2014/09/30

On 24 September 2014, at about 4.30 p.m., a group of eight men – including two local policemen in uniform, one military officer in uniform, two members of local mafia group and three unidentified men – came to the Khlong Sai Pattana Community in Chaiburi District, Surat Thani Province, which is affiliated with the Southern Peasants' Federation of Thailand (SPFT). The group of men urged the inhabitants of the village to leave the area within seven days.

Israel / OPT – Detention of human rights defender Mr Ayman Nasserposted on: 2014/09/29

In the early hours of 18 September 2014, Israeli forces arrested human rights defender Mr Ayman Nasser at his house in the West Bank village of Saffa.

Mexico – Arrest of second human rights defender from the Yaqui Tribeposted on: 2014/09/29

Early on 23 September 2014, human rights defender Mr Fernando Jiménez Gutiérrez was arrested as he made his way to work in the town of Vícam, Sonora State.

Kenya: Human rights lawyer Wendy Wanja Mutegi receives threatsposted on: 2014/09/25

On 23 September 2014, human rights lawyer Ms Wendy Wanja Mutegi was forced to cancel her scheduled community meetings for fear of attack from a group of men who had threatened to harm her if she does not halt her advocacy work on behalf of an indigenous community in Eastern Kenya.

Azerbaijan – Human rights defender Ms Leyla Yunus beaten in detentionposted on: 2014/09/25

On 24 September 2014, lawyers of human rights defender Ms Leyla Yunus were finally permitted access to their client after two days of being denied access to see her in Baku pre-trial prison. Reportedly, on 23 Setpember 2014, Leyla Yunus was beaten by a prison guard.

Guatemala – Temporary detention, and subsequent release, of human rights defenders following peaceful demonstration against mining activitiesposted on: 2014/09/24

Human rights defenders Ms Norma Lila Sut Sancir and Mr Carlos Alfredo Juárez Díaz were released on 22 September 2014 following their arrest in the department of Chiquimula in what Front Line Defenders interprets as an attempt to criminalise human rights defenders for their participation in peaceful demonstrations against human rights violations in Guatemala.

Indonesia – Human rights lawyer Ms Latifah Anum Siregar attacked in Papua provinceposted on: 2014/09/22

On 16 September 2014, at about 11:00 p.m., human rights lawyer Ms Latifah Anum Siregar, was physically attacked and robbed while returning back from the pre-trial court hearings to her hotel in Wamena city, Papua province.

Bahrain – Human rights defender Ms Ghada Jamsheer detained for tweetingposted on: 2014/09/19

On the evening of 14 September 2014, human rights defender Ms Ghada Jamsheer was arrested after the Public Prosecution ordered her detention for one week, during which she will be interrogated on allegations of defamation.

Kyrgyzstan – Violent attack on human rights defender Ms Dinara Mukanbaevaposted on: 2014/09/17

On 9 September 2014, Ms Dinara Mukanbaeva was struck in the head by an unknown assailant while getting into her car.

DRC – Abduction of human rights defenders and Ms Neema Bitu and Mr Jacques Mugangaposted on: 2014/09/17

On 14 September 2014, two human rights defenders, Ms Neema Bitu and Mr Jacques Muganga, were found after being kidnapped and held for two days by members of a rebel group.

DRC – Body of human rights defender Mr Mutebwa Kaboko found after abduction by armed groupposted on: 2014/09/16

On 13 September 2014, the corpse of human rights defender Mr Mutebwa Kaboko was found in a forest, eight days after he was kidnapped by an armed group.

Sudan – Human rights defender Mr Hassan Ishaq on hunger strike in detentionposted on: 2014/09/16

On 15 September 2014, human rights defender Mr Hassan Ishaq declared that he has begun a hunger strike to protest the conditions of his detention.

Sri Lanka – Human rights lawyers Mr Namal Rajapakshe and Mr Manjula Pathiraja receive death threatsposted on: 2014/09/15

On 13 September 2014, human rights defenders Mr Namal Rajapakshe and Mr Manjula Pathiraja were threatened with death in connection to their work as defence lawyers.

Indonesia – Judicial harassment of Papuan human rights lawyer Mr Gustaf Kawerposted on: 2014/09/10

The Papua Regional Police has opened an investigation into human rights lawyer Mr Gustaf Kawer in connection with “crimes against public authority”.

Russian Federation – Human rights defenders affiliated to Soldiers' Mothers of Saint-Petersburg intimidated and targeted in smear campaignposted on: 2014/09/08

At 9 pm on the evening of 5 September 2014, a group of people presenting themselves as television journalists entered the private home of human rights defender Ms Elena Popova, a former employee of Soldiers' Mothers of Saint-Petersburg.

Kyrgyzstan – Appeal to re-examine case of human rights defender Mr Azimjan Askarov dismissed by Supreme Courtposted on: 2014/09/05

On 3 September 2014, the Kyrgyzstan Supreme Court rejected the appeal of human rights defender Mr Azimjan Askarov to re-open his case. The Supreme Court's verdict upheld the previous ruling of Bishkek City Court on 16 June 2014 when the court rejected the re-examination of his case.

China – Sentencing of human rights defender Mr Zhang Lin following ongoing harassment of family membersposted on: 2014/09/05

On 5 September 2014, human rights defender Mr Zhang Lin was sentenced to three and a half years in prison by Bengshan District Court in Bengbu City, Anhui province.

Kyrgyzstan – Human rights lawyer Mr Makhamajan Abdujaparov attacked in his officeposted on: 2014/09/04

On 4 September 2014 at approximately 8.20 am, human rights lawyer Mr Makhamajan Abdujaparov was attacked in his office by an unknown individual.

DRC - Abduction of three human rights defenders from human rights organisation APDPDHposted on: 2014/09/03

On 1 September 2014, human rights defenders Mr Célestin Bambone, Ms Marie Amnazo and Ms Kongwa Tulinabo were abducted and detained by a rebel group stationed not far from their village.

El Salvador – Ongoing smear campaign and threats targeting human rights defenders campaigning for sexual and reproductive rightsposted on: 2014/09/02

Since 10 August 2014, several human rights defenders have been threatened and targeted by media groups in El Salvador. These threats are part of an ongoing smear campaign targeting human rights defenders and organisations in El Salvador that have called for the pardon of seventeen women who are currently imprisoned on charges of abortion.

Bahrain – Human rights defender Ms Maryam Al-Khawaja detained upon arrival to Bahrainposted on: 2014/09/02

On 30 August 2014, human rights defender Ms Maryam Al-Khawaja was detained upon arrival at Bahrain International Airport. She was travelling to visit Mr Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja in detention, who has been on hunger strike since 24 August 2014.

Russia – Human rights organisations the Institute for Freedom of Information and Soldiers' Mothers of Saint-Petersburg registered as “foreign agents”posted on: 2014/09/01

On 29 August 2014, Russia's Ministry of Justice added two prominent human rights groups, the Institute for Freedom of Information and Soldiers' Mothers of Saint-Petersburg to the list of 'foreign agents', which now includes thirteen non-governmental organisations operating in the Russian Federation.

Kuwait – Human rights defender Mr. Mohamed Al- Agami detained for a tweetposted on: 2014/08/29

On 27 August 2014 human rights defender Mr. Mohamed Al- Agami was arrested inside the Criminal Investigation Department of Al-Salmiya district and initially detained for ten days on charges of “blasphemy”.

Sierra Leone - Threats against human rights defender Ms Mary Contehposted on: 2014/08/29

On 28 August 2014, human rights defender Ms Mary Conteh received a call from an unknown number where the caller threatened to spread false information that she contracted Ebola if she does not stop her human rights work.

Bangladesh: Physical attack against human rights defender Hana Shams Ahmedposted on: 2014/08/28

On 25 August 2014, at approximately 6.30 pm, human rights defender Ms Hana Shams Ahmed was the victim of an attack reportedly committed by members of Somo Odhikar Andolan, a nationalist group, in the Bandarban district.

Mexico: Threats against Silvia Perez Yescas, human rights defender from CIARENAposted on: 2014/08/26

On 19 August 2014, the indigenous peoples's woman human rights defender Ms Silvia Perez Yescas had just returned to her hometown after being away for a long time, when she was informed that in San José Río Manzo community there is a bounty of 100.000 pesos on her head.

India – Human rights defender Ms Irom Chanu Sharmila re-arrestedposted on: 2014/08/26

Human rights defender Ms Irom Chanu Sharmila, campaigner against Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) was arrested in Imphal on 22 August, 2014, on charges of attempted suicide.