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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

Kuwait – Arrest warrant issued against human rights defender Mr Nawaf Al Hendalposted on: 2015/01/28

On 27 January 2015, human rights defender Mr Nawaf Al Hendal was informed that an arrest warrant had reportedly been issued against him by the the State Security Apparatus at the Ministry of the Interior, allegedly for charges under article 4 of the Act (31) 1970 of State Security Crimes.

Azerbaijan – Physical attack on human rights defender Ms Gunay Ismayilovaposted on: 2015/01/28

On 26 January 2015, Ms Gunay Ismayilova was physically attacked by an unknown man when entering her apartment building.

Russian Federation – Conviction of human rights defender Lena Klimovaposted on: 2015/01/27

On 23 January 2015, Dzerzhinky District Court of Nizhny Tagil condemned Ms Lena Klimova to an administrative fine of 50,000 rubles (approximatively €650) for “propagating non-traditional sexual relations among minors,” under Article 6.21(2) of the Administrative Code.

Uganda – Physical attack against human rights defenders Gerald Kankya and Simon Amanyireposted on: 2015/01/27

On 23 January 2015, human rights defender Mr Gerald Kankya and his colleague Mr Simon Amanyire were beaten by a group of approximately 30 men in Fort Portal, in an attack reportedly coordinated by a local police commander. The attackers attempted to steal documents from the human rights defenders and injured Gerald Kankya after wrestling him to the ground.

Oman – Incommunicado detention of human rights defender Mr Saed Jadadposted on: 2015/01/27

On 21 January 2015, human rights defender Mr Saed Jadad was arrested and placed in incommunicado detention. Reportedly, no warrant was provided at the time of the arrest. His whereabouts remain unknown, although his family has been informed that he will not be released pending the conclusion of the trial against him, which relates to his blogging activities. There is concern about his health conditions, since he had declared that he would enter a hunger strike and stop taking medications should he be arrested.

Colombia – Killing of human rights defender and member of MOVICE Carlos Alberto Pedraza Salcedoposted on: 2015/01/27

On 21 January 2015, the body of human rights defender Mr Carlos Alberto Pedraza Salcedo was discovered by members of the judicial police in an uninhabited area of San Bartolomé, Gachancipá Municipality, in the department of Cudinamarca. Carlos Alberto Pedraza Salcedo had allegedly been shot in the head.

Burma – Detention of six human rights defenders participating in a peaceful protestposted on: 2015/01/23

On 20 January 2015, a new charge was brought against human rights defenders Ms Daw Naw Ohn Hla, Ms Daw Sein Htwe, Ms Daw San San Win (also known as “Lay Lay”) and Messrs Ko Nay Myo Zin, Ko Tin Htut Paing and Ko Thant Zin. They have been charged with various offences, including protesting without permission, and have been in detention since their arrest on 30 December 2014 for participating in a peaceful protest against the shooting and killing of a protester the week before.

Egypt – Denial of registration of Foundation of the Victims of Abduction and Forced Disappearanceposted on: 2015/01/23

The Ministry of Social Solidarity has denied registration of the Foundation of the Victims of Abduction and Forced Disappearance (FVAFD) under Egyptian Associations Law (Law 84 of 2002). Although the Ministry failed to provide official reasons for denying the registration, it has verbally acknowledged that the reasons are related to “security concerns”.

Colombia – Renewed threats against members of MOVICE in the Departments of Atlántico, Sucre and Magdalena Medioposted on: 2015/01/23

Human rights defenders and members of Movimiento de Victimas de Crimenes de Estado – MOVICE (Movement of Victims of State Crimes) and its partner organisations in the Departments of Atlántico, Sucre and Magdalena Medio have received a number of death threats throughout the month of January in the form of pamphlets, phone calls and comments to members of their community.

Burundi – Arbitrary arrest and detention of human rights defender and journalist Bob Rugurikaposted on: 2015/01/23

On 22 January 2015, human rights defender and journalist Mr Bob Rugurika was transferred to Muramvya Prison and reportedly placed in isolation. The transfer comes one day after he was arrested by the Burundian authorities and detained in Central Prison of Mpimba in Bujumbura. The charges against him are in connection with his reporting on the assassination of three Italian nuns in Bujumbura in September 2014.

Colombia – Attempted killing of the driver of human rights defender Mr Arie Aragónposted on: 2015/01/14

On 8 January 2015, at approximately 7:25 pm, Mr Jesús Enrique Andrade, driver of Mr Arie Aragón, the President of the Unidad de Organizaciones Afro Caucanas – UOAFROC (Unit of Afro-Caucanian Organisations), was the victim of an attempted killing outside the home of the human rights defender.

Egypt – Travel ban imposed on prominent human rights defender Ms Esraa Abdel Fattahposted on: 2015/01/14

On the morning of 13 January 2015, police officers at Cairo International Airport stopped human rights defender Ms Esraa Abdel Fattah from boarding a flight to Germany, and informed her that this was due to a judicial travel ban issued against her. Esraa Abdel Fattah had not received prior notification of the travel ban.

Oman – Authorities continue to harass human rights defender Mohamed Al Fazariposted on: 2015/01/09

Human rights defender Mr Mohamed Al Fazari remains restricted from travelling since 22 December 2014. Mohamed Al Fazari was stopped at Muscat International Airport by security authorities and was informed that he cannot travel due to a travel ban imposed on him. The authorities further confiscated his official documents and asked him to immediately appear before the Special Division of the Omani Police in the capital Muscat, where he was arrested but released on the same day.

Bahrain: Human Rights Defender Mohammed Al-Maskati sentenced to 6 months in prison posted on: 2015/01/02

On 31 December 2014, the Lower Criminal Court in Bahrain sentenced prominent human rights defender Mr Mohammed Al-Maskati to six months in prison for illegal assembly. He is currently out of jail on a 100 BHD (300 US Dollar) bail until the appeal hearing.

Venezuela: New defamatory statements aimed at impeding the work of human rights defendersposted on: 2014/12/23

On 17 December 2014, during his weekly television programme “Con el Mazo Dando”, transmitted on Venezolana de Televisión, president of the National Assembly and vicepresident of the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (Psuv), Mr Diosdado Cabello, once again made defamatory comments against human rights defenders in the country. These comments were related to a recent meeting in the offices of Human Rights Watch in New York on 1 December 2014, in which many Venezuelan human rights defenders participated.

Sudan: Security forces raid headquarters of the Sudan Human Rights Monitorposted on: 2014/12/22

On Sunday, 21 December 2014 at approximately 12 p.m., a group from the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) raided the premises of the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM) in Khartoum, and cancelled a training workshop which was being held at the SHRM headquarters for 29 Sudanese journalists and human rights defenders on shadow reporting for the United Nations Universal Periodic Review. They also arrested one of the participants of the workshop.