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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

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.

Russian Federation – Intimidation of human rights defender Ms Natalia Zviaginaposted on: 2014/09/16

In the early hours of 13 September 2014, unknown assailants attacked the flat of human rights defender Ms Natalia Zviagina in the city of Voronezh.

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.

Qatar – Disappearance of human rights defenders Messrs Krishna Upadhyaya and Ghimire Gundevposted on: 2014/09/05

On the afternoon of 31 August 2014, human rights defenders Messrs Krishna Upadhyaya and Ghimire Gundev disappeared after being followed by plain-clothed police officers.

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.

Oman – Enforced disappearance of human rights defender Mr Mohamed Al Fazariposted on: 2014/09/04

On 30 August 2014, human rights defender Mr Mohamed Al Fazari disappeared after going to the police station in the Al-Qurum district of Muscat, at 9.00 am, following a summons to appear received from the General Directorate of Inquiries and Criminal Investigations of the Omani Police in Muscat.

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.

Tunisia – Upcoming trial of human rights defender Ms Héla Boujneh following assault in detentionposted on: 2014/09/04

On 1 September 2014, the trial against human rights defender Ms Héla Boujneh opened, with a close court session, at the First Instance Court in Sousse.

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.

Colombia: Repeated death threats against indigenous rights defender Mr Juan Pablo Gutierrez Gonzalezposted on: 2014/08/25

For two weeks now, human rights defender Mr Juan Pablo Gutierrez Gonzalez from the Organización Nacional Indigena de Colombia – ONIC has been persistently receiving death threats through phone calls, text messages and a note.

Thailand - Continued intimidation of human rights defender Mr Surapan Rujichaiwatposted on: 2014/08/19

On 16 August 2014, the wife of Wang Saphung community leader Mr Surapan Rujichaiwat received a phone call during which an unidentified individual threatened him for his campaign work on behalf of the Wang Saphung community in relation to its dispute with the gold-mining company, Tung Kha Limited Company (TKLC).

Russian Federation – Harassment continues against human rights defender Mr Ivan Pavlov as court upholds decision to deport his wife to USAposted on: 2014/08/19

On 19 August 2014, Frunzenskiy District Court in Saint-Petersburg upheld the decision of the Federal Migration Service to deport Ms Jennifer Gaspar, a citizen of the USA.

Colombia: Threats against environmental rights defenders from Movimiento Ríos Vivosposted on: 2014/08/18

Since January 2014, environmental human rights defenders from Movimiento Rios Vivos – MRV (Living Rivers Movement) have been facing death threats, surveillance, break-ins, smear campaigns and harassment. In 2013, two members of Movimiento Rios Vivos were murdered.

Morocco – Human rights defender Ms Ouafa Charaf imprisoned for reporting assault and Mr Boubker ElKhamlichi acquittedposted on: 2014/08/15

On 11 August 2014, the Tanga First Instance Court sentenced Ms Ouafa Charaf to one year in prison and a 1,000 MAD fine (approximately €89) for “reporting a false incident” and 50,000 MAD (approximately €4,478) in compensation to Morocco’s police force for “slander”.