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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

Saudi Arabia – Arbitrary detention of human rights defender Mr Waleed Abu Al-Khair in Riyadh posted on: 2014/04/17

On 15 April 2014, prominent Saudi Arabian human rights defender Mr Waleed Abu Al-Khair was arbitrarily detained, while at the premises of the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh.

Philippines – Harassment and surveillance of human rights lawyer Ms Catherine Dannug-Saluconposted on: 2014/04/16

Front Line Defenders is concerned at the continued surveillance and intimidation of human rights defender Ms Maria Catherine Dannug-Salucon since March 2014.

Mexico – Attack and harassment of human rights defender and member of Asamblea Popular del Pueblo de Juchitán Ms Carmen Ruiz Martínezposted on: 2014/04/15

On 10 April 2014, human rights defender Ms Carmen Ruiz Martínez was followed by two unknown women while going to the market in the town of Juchitán. The women grabbed her as to force her to go with them, but she managed to escape.

Morocco – Arbitrary detention of six human rights defenders after peaceful marchposted on: 2014/04/11

On 6 April 2014, a group of six human rights defenders, Messrs Ayoob Boudad, Hakeel Al Sarookh, Kama Huda, Mohamed Al Harraq, Mostafa Al Arras and Ghani Za'noon, were arbitrarily arrested by police forces in Casablanca while participating in a peaceful march.

Vietnam – Continued detention of human rights defender Ms Bui Thi Minh Hangposted on: 2014/04/11

Front Line Defenders is concerned by the continued detention of human rights defender and blogger Ms Bui Thi Minh Hang. She is held in An Binh prison in Cao Lanh city since 11 February 2014, charged with “causing public disorder.”

Bahrain: One year prison sentence upheld against human rights defender Dr Saeed Al Samahijiposted on: 2014/04/08

On 3 April 2014 a Bahraini Court of Appeal ruled to uphold a sentence of one year's imprisonment issued by the Third Criminal Court in Bahrain against human rights defender and medic Dr Saeed Al Samahiji.

Pakistan: Death threats and ongoing intimidation against human rights defender Mr Nasrullah Balochposted on: 2014/04/02

On 26 March 2014, human rights defender Mr Nasrullah Baloch was subjected to death threats and intimidation by state security forces, following his appearance at the Supreme Court hearing regarding cases of missing persons. This follows a pattern of intimidation and threats made against the human rights defender and his family.

Venezuela: Defamation and threats against human rights defender Ms Rocío San Miguelposted on: 2014/04/02

On 25 March 2014, the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, made defamatory statements on national television against human rights defender Ms Rocío San Miguel and accused her of being involved in an attempted coup d'etat.

Cameroon: Ongoing judicial and other harassment against defenders of Mbororo rightsposted on: 2014/03/31

On 28 March 2014, human rights defender Mr Musa Usman Ndamba, a defender of the rights of the Mbororo community, appeared before the Bamenda Court of First Instance, and the trial was once again adjourned to the 23rd of May 2014.

China: Fears grow for health of detained human rights defender Mr Yang Kuangposted on: 2014/03/28

On 26 March 2014, the lawyer for detained human rights defender Mr Yang Kuang expressed serious concern for the health of his client, following a meeting with him on 25 March.

Syria: Death in detention of human rights lawyer Mr Maen Al-Ghoneimi posted on: 2014/03/28

On 26 March 2014, the family of human rights defender Mr Maen Al-Ghoneimi was informed by the Damascus Military Police that he had died in detention two months earlier, on 14 January 2014.

Iraq: Killing of human rights defender Mr Mohammed Bedaiwiposted on: 2014/03/25

On 22 March 2014, human rights defender and director of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberté's Radio Free Iraq, Mr Mohammed Bedaiwi, was shot dead, allegedly by an officer of the Presidential Regiment, in the Al Jaderiya area of Baghdad.

China: Four human rights lawyers detained following investigation into black jailposted on: 2014/03/24

On 23 March 2014, it was confirmed that two human rights lawyers, Messrs Tang Jitian and Jiang Tianyong, have been given a 15 day administrative detention sentence following their attempts to investigate an unofficial detention centre, also known as a black jail, in China's north eastern Heilongjiang province.

Sudan: Enforced disappearance of human rights defender Mr Mohamed Salah Abdelrahmanposted on: 2014/03/24

On 20 March 2014, human rights defender Mr Mohamed Salah Abdelrahman was forcibly disappeared at Khartoum International Airport as he was travelling to a workshop in Tunisia. His family have not been provided with any information to his whereabouts, nor has he had access to legal counsel.

Guatemala – Ongoing public harassment campaign against human rights organisation CODECAposted on: 2014/03/20

On 17 March 2014 the President of Guatemala, Mr Otto Pérez Molina, publicly accused the Comité de Desarrollo Campesino – CODECA (Committee for Campesino Development) of robbing electric energy and money laundering, and said that he would order the capture of the leadership of the organisation.

UAE: Arbitrary arrest and ongoing detention of human rights defender Mr Osama Al-Najjarposted on: 2014/03/20

On 17 March 2014, at approximately 4pm, human rights defender Mr Osama Al-Najjar was arrested as he returned home from visiting his father in prison. He was held at his home for approximately three hours before being brought to an unknown location by state security forces. No charges have been brought against the human rights defender thus far.

Sri Lanka: Detention of human rights defenders Ruki Fernando and Rev. Praveen Mahesanposted on: 2014/03/17

On 16 March 2014, human rights defenders Mr Ruki Fernando and Rev. Praveen Mahesan were arrested and questioned by officers of the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) in Killnochchi, in northern Sri Lanka. The police confirmed that they will be transferred to Colombo. It is unclear whether charges under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) have been formalised. Ruki Fernando is an adviser to INFORM, a human rights documentation centre in Colombo, and Rev. Praveen Mahesan of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) is the director of the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Jaffna.

DRC: Armed raid at the offices of AGAPE Hauts-Plateaux and torture of human rights defenders Messrs Alexis Nganire and David Muhoranaposted on: 2014/03/14

On 9 March 2014, armed assailants believed to belong to a local militia raided the offices of human rights organisation AGAPE Hauts-Plateaux, tortured human rights defenders Messrs Alexis Nganire and David Muhorana and torched a substantial amount of the organisation's sensitive documents.

Sudan: Arrest and fear of torture during arbitrary detention of human rights defender Mr Abdelmonem Adamposted on: 2014/03/14

At approximately 3:30pm on 13 March 2014, human rights defender and lawyer Mr Abdelmonem Adam was arrested at his office in the Dosa building in central Khartoum by four National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) officers in plain clothes.

Sri Lanka: Siege at the home of human rights defender Ms Balendran Jayakumariposted on: 2014/03/14

On 13 March 2014, human rights defender Ms Balendran Jayakumari and her 13-year-old daughter were detained in their Killinochchi home in northern Sri Lanka from approximately 4pm until 10pm.

Honduras – Detention of human rights defender Ms Marlen Cruz Liconaposted on: 2014/03/11

On 10 March 2014, human rights defender and lawyer Ms Marlen Cruz Licona was brought before the court of San Pedro Sula in southern Honduras and accused of participating in the occupation of land and of instructing a group of campesinos to attack a group of agents from the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DGIC).

Honduras: Attempted killing of human rights defender Ms María Santos Domínguezposted on: 2014/03/07

On 5 March 2014, as human rights defender Ms María Santos Domínguez returned to her home, she was surrounded and attacked with sticks, stones and machete by a group of seven individuals. Her husband and her son came to her rescue but were also attacked, with her son losing his ear. María Santos Domínguez has faced death threats on repeated occasions.