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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

DRC: Abduction of two women human rights defenders, Ms Médiatrice Riziki and Ms Angélique Navuraposted on: 2014/07/22

On 17 July 2014, two women human rights defenders Ms Médiatrice Riziki and Ms Angelica Navura, who were released after being abducted for four days by an armed group in eastern DRC, were released following intense negotiations with the leader of the group in question.

Ethiopia - Formal charges brought against seven human rights defenders and bloggers with Zone9, including Ms Soliana Shimelisposted on: 2014/07/22

On 17 July 2014, Ethiopian authorities formally charged seven human rights defenders and bloggers, including Ms Soliana Shimelis, under anti-terrorism legislation.

Niger – Illegal detention of Ali Idrissa and ten other human rights defenders arrested during the state visit of the French Presidentposted on: 2014/07/18

At 4am on 18 July 2014, human rights defender Mr Ali Idrissa was arrested at his home without an arrest warrant. He was released in the afternoon of the same day.

DRC - Death threats against human rights defenders, Messrs Jean Marie Dhena Diro and Josué Bura Thengaposted on: 2014/07/18

On this 18 July 2014, human rights defender M. Josué Bura Thenga has received a text message threatening him with death, while his colleague M. Jean Marie Dhena Diro, was called by an unknown man who also threatened him with death.

Thailand - Detention of land rights defenders Mr Prom Jarana, member of the Assembly of the Poor, and Mr Paiboon Soisotposted on: 2014/07/18

On the morning of 17 July 2014, human rights defender Mr Prom Jarana was arrested at his home in Pakam District by a group of Thai officials including five police officers and five soldiers. No reasons were given for his arrest.

Joint Statement: Brazil – Two human rights defenders arrested amidst violent police repression of protests in Rio de Janeiroposted on: 2014/07/17

On 12 July 2014, human rights defender Ms Eloisa Samy was arrested during raids carried out by the civil police force, when 19 protesters were arrested and police invaded the homes of protesters and human rights defenders.

Burma - More than 50 journalists charged for protesting the 10-year prison sentence of Unity Weekly journalistsposted on: 2014/07/15

More than 50 journalists and their supporters were charged under Article 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act 2012, which requires prior permission for public gatherings.

Oman – Incommunicado detention of human rights defender Mr Noah Saadiposted on: 2014/07/15

On 12 July 2014, human rights defender Mr Noah Saadi was arbitrarily detained by the national security intelligence agency of Oman, the Internal Security Service (ISS), and is being held incommunicado in the Special Section of the Omani Police in Muscat.

Malaysia - Anti-mining protesters released on conditions that infringe their right to freedom of expressionposted on: 2014/07/11

On 8 July 2014, six human rights defenders were released on condition of bail amounting to RM 2,500 (€576) each, a social media ban, as well as monthly reporting to the police station. The six members of Himpunan Hijau were detained on charges of illegal assembly and rioting, following their participation in a protest on 22 June 2014 calling for the closure of Australian mining company, Lynas Corporation.

Serbia – Members of Women in Black attacked while commemorating massacre of Srebrenicaposted on: 2014/07/10

On 8 July 2014, members of Women in Black were attacked in Valjevo by a group of young people wearing t-shirts bearing the image of Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladić, during a commemoration of the genocide in Srebrenica.

Kuwait – Human rights defender Mr Abdulhakim Al Fadhli detainedposted on: 2014/07/09

On the night of 7 July 2014, human rights defender Mr Abdulhakim Al Fadhli was detained in the office of the Criminal Investigation Department in Salmiyah.

China - Human rights defender Mr Lü Gengsong detained on 'subversion' chargesposted on: 2014/07/09

On 7 July 2014, Hangzhou-based human rights defender Mr Lü Gengsong was placed under criminal detention on suspicion of “subversion of state power” following a raid on his home.

Bangladesh – Members of Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC) attacked during fact-finding missionposted on: 2014/07/09

On 5 July 2014, human rights defenders conducting a fact-finding mission on behalf of the International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC) were attacked in their vehicle in Rangamati at around 10am.

Kenya: Intimidatory acts and death threats targeting human rights defender Mr William Khayokoposted on: 2014/07/08

On 6 July 2014, human rights defender Mr William Khayoko received intimidating phone calls from an unknown caller following a recent break-in at his home and subsequent death threats.

Guatemala – Continued detention of members of CODECAposted on: 2014/07/07

Members of the Comité de Desarrollo Campesino - CODECA (Association of Farmers' Development Committee), Messrs Mauro Vay Gonón, Mariano García Carrillo and Ms Blanca Julia Ajtum Mejía, continue to be held in preventative detention after their false imprisonment on 26 June 2014 by five unidentified men in the municipality of Chantla, Huehuetenango department.

Saudi Arabia – Human rights defender Mr Fowzan Al-Harbi receives suspended prison sentenceposted on: 2014/07/04

On 25 June 2014, human rights defender Mr Fowzan Al-Harbi was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment by Riyadh Criminal Court, to be suspended upon completion of one year in detention on condition that he refrain from his human rights work and observe a seven-year travel ban.

Russian Federation - Violent attack against human rights defender Mr Andrei Yurovposted on: 2014/07/03

On 1 July 2014, at 6:20pm, two men wearing balaclava hoods inflicted several blows and then splashed a green-coloured antiseptic into the face of human rights defender Mr Andrei Yurov.

Uzbekistan - Administrative conviction of independent journalist Mr Sid Yanyshevposted on: 2014/07/03

On 28 June 2014, Shaykhanotursky district court of Tashkent condemned human rights defender and investigative journalist Mr Sid Yanyshev to a fine of 9,610,500 Uzbek sums (approximately 2,340 Euro) and to the confiscation of his camera, following an article he wrote about violations of property rights of Tashkent inhabitants whose houses have been demolished.

Palestine – Assault on human rights defender Mr Badie Dweik by Israeli soldiersposted on: 2014/07/03

On 26 June 2014 after midnight, the Israeli occupation forces assaulted the coordinator of Human Rights Defenders group, Mr Badie Dweik, for documenting violations against Palestinian residents of Al-Rajabi building in Hebron.

Colombia - Repeated death threats against land restitution leaders in Curbaradó and members of CIJPposted on: 2014/07/03

On the evening of June 25 2014, the leaders of a movement for land restitution, Ms Yomaira Mendoza and Mr Enrique Cabezas, received via a text message a death threat against themselves, their family members and other human right defenders from the Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz - CIJP (Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace).

DRC – Death threats against human rights defender Mr Anicet Katsuvaposted on: 2014/06/27

On 24 June 2014, human rights defender Mr Anicet Katsuva was threatened with death during an anonymous phone call. The threat came one day after the same unidentified person called the human rights defender stating that he had been hired to kill him, while Anicet Katsuva was attending a workshop in Bujumbura organised by Front Line Defenders.

Mexico – Threats, detention, raids, harassment, surveillance and stigmatisation of human rights defenders in the state of Chiapasposted on: 2014/06/27

Over the past month, human rights defenders in Chiapas have been the victims of a series of attacks, threats, harassment, surveillance and stigmatisation.

Sudan – Closure of Salmmah Women's Resource Centreposted on: 2014/06/26

On 24 June 2014, the Ministry of Justice cancelled the registration license of human rights organisation the Salmmah Women's Resource Centre, and initiated the immediate liquidation of the organisation, leading to its closure on the same day.

DRC – Harassment of human rights lawyer Mr Georges Kapiamba, and six of his colleagues posted on: 2014/06/24

Mr Georges Kapiamba has received a summons to appear on 25 June 2014 before the Bar Council of Lubumbashi. The summons is in relation to allegations that the human rights defender, along with six other lawyers cited, were involved in “a series of actions intending to discredit the Bar Council and put it at risk, in particular by signing a petition addressed to the Katanga Provincial Governor published in the journal 'Guide No. 314' in its publication of Thursday 22/05/2014.”

Egypt – Extended detention of human rights defenders Ms Yara Sallam and Ms Sanaa Seifposted on: 2014/06/23

On 23 June 2014, the Public Prosecutor ordered that the detention of human rights defenders Ms Yara Sallam and Ms Sanaa Seif be extended by four days. The day before, at 1pm, the human rights defenders were brought before the Public Prosecutor and accused of breaching the 'Protests Law' by demonstrating without a permit, committing acts of violence, possession of inflammable material and Molotov cocktails, blocking a road, sabotaging public and private property, and belonging to the banned group 'April 6'. The human rights defenders were among 24 persons arrested on 21 June 2014 during a demonstration against the 'Protests Law', and they are to be held in the Second Tagamo Police Station.

China – Raid on office of NGO Yirenping three weeks after detention of its legal representative and human rights defender Mr Chang Boyangposted on: 2014/06/20

On 17 June 2014, the Zhengzhou offices of the anti-discrimination NGO Yirenping were raided by police in Henan Province.

Colombia – Attempted killing of trade union leader Mr José Onofre Esquivel Lunaposted on: 2014/06/19

On the evening of 16 June 2014, trade unionist and human rights defender Mr José Onofre Esquivel Luna was the victim of an attempted killing in Medellín. The human rights defender was not injured during the shooting, which is the latest in a series of attacks and threats against trade unionists in Colombia.

Brazil – Death threats against LGBT rights defenders in Teresina, Piauí Stateposted on: 2014/06/19

On 9 June 2014, a death threat against LGBT human rights defenders was received on the mobile phone of Mr André Santos, President of Conselho Municipal LGBT de Teresina (LGBT Municipal Council of Teresina).

Mexico – Arrest warrant upheld against human rights defender Mr Mario Luna Romeroposted on: 2014/06/13

Last week, a First Instance Court for Criminal and Administrative Matters in Hermosillo upheld the arrest warrant against the indigenous rights defender Mr Mario Luna Romero. The court rejected the writ of amparo presented by the human rights defender challenging the arrest warrant issued on 14 June 2013 for charges of aggravated deprivation of liberty and theft of a vehicle.

Azerbaijan – Court upholds decision to maintain in detention human rights defender Mr Emil Mamedovposted on: 2014/06/13

On 12 June 2014, at 3pm, the Salyan Regional Court of Azerbaijan rejected a request to transfer human rights defender Mr Emil Mamedov from administrative detention to house arrest. The human rights defender, who denies all accusations, faces between three and five years of imprisonment if convicted of the charges of repeated extortion under Article 182.2.2 of the Criminal Code.