Act Now!

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.

Your support will help them to create more just and equal societies for all. These are the people with the power to change the world.

Send an international appeal and you can help protect human rights defenders

Had it not been for Front Line, who would have been my refuge and safety?"

- Thompson Ade Bayor, lawyer and human rights defender, Liberia

Become a Front Line defender sign up to receive Front Line actions, by email.

Urgent Cases

Pakistan - Travel ban imposed on human rights defender Mr Mama Qadeerposted on: 2015/03/05

On 4 March 2015, human rights defender Mr Abdul Qadeer Baloch, also known as Mama Qadeer, was informed of a travel ban imposed against him. The human rights defender was attempting to travel to a human rights seminar in the United States with other relatives of persons forcibly disappeared in Balochistan.

Uganda – Break-ins at the home of human rights journalist Mr Wilfred Mukonyeziposted on: 2015/02/26

On 23 February 2015, human rights journalist Mr Wilfred Mukonyezi recorded a statement at a police station in Fort Portal, Western Uganda, requesting a criminal investigation into the attempted break-in at his home the previous night.

India – Arrest and detention of human rights defender Kalimuthu Kandhasamyposted on: 2015/02/26

In the morning of 26 February 2015, human rights defender Mr Kalimuthu Kandhasamy was remanded to judicial custody after having been arbitrarily arrested at his home in Kavarangulam, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, at approximately 7:15 pm the evening before.

Israel / OPT – Charges brought against human rights defender Ms Lema Nazeehposted on: 2015/02/26

On 23 February 2015, human rights defender Ms Lema Nazeeh was arrested in Al Eizariya in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, by the Israeli occupation forces. She was transferred to Maale Adomim Police station and accused of "attacking and disturbing soldiers" and "entering a military area". The human rights defender was released on bail of 1000 Israeli Shekel (approximately €223) on the same day, after the charges against her were formalised by the Public Prosecutor.

Algeria – Appeal against conviction of eight human rights defendersposted on: 2015/02/25

On 11 March 2015, the appeal will be heard against the conviction of Messrs Khencha Belkacem, Brahimi Belelmi, Mazouzi Benallal, Azzouzi Boubakeur, Korini Belkacem, Bekouider Faouzi, Bensarkha Tahar and Djaballah Abdelkader on charges related to participating in an “unauthorised gathering” and “exercising pressure on the decisions of Judges”.

India – Severe physical assault and arbitrary detention of human rights defender Mr Ajijul Haqueposted on: 2015/02/25

At approximately 10:15 am on 22 February 2015, human rights defender Mr Ajijul Haque was beaten by a group of unknown men at New Cooch Behar train station in West Bengal, allegedly in the presence of police officers. The human rights defender was then taken to the Cooch Behar Kotwali police station and detained for approximately eight hours.

Egypt – Verdict awaited in appeal of case against human rights defender Mr Ayman Fakhryposted on: 2015/02/20

On 16 March 2015, El Tebbin Misdemeanour Court of Appeal will issue a verdict against human rights defender Mr Ayman Fakhry for “inciting public workers to strike” (in case number 3791 of 2014). On 9 December 2014, he was sentenced by El Tebbin Misdemeanour Court of First Instance to two years' imprisonment. The sentence can be suspended upon payment of 5,000 Egyptian Pounds fine (approximately €580).

Morocco – Raid on the main office of the Moroccan Association for Human Rightsposted on: 2015/02/17

On the evening of 15 February 2015, more than 40 plain-clothes officers raided the headquarters of the Association Marocaine des Droits Humains – AMDH (Moroccan Association for Human Rights). Officers surrounded the premises and refused to present identification or allow staff to enter the office.

Bahrain – Arrest of human rights defender Hussain Jawadposted on: 2015/02/16

In the morning of 16 February 2015, human rights defender Mr Hussain Jawad was arrested and detained at the Criminal Investigations Directorate. No reasons were provided for the arrest.

Hussain Jawad is Chairman of the European-Bahraini Organisation for Human Rights (EBOHR), an international organisation that works to defend human rights across the Middle East. The human rights defender has called for a peaceful struggle to demand democracy in Bahrain.

Hussain Jawad was arrested when security forces, including masked men in civilian clothes, arrived at his home in Sitra, in the Central Governorate of Bahrain in armoured vehicles, a civilian car, and a minibus. The security forces searched the human rights defender's house, and confiscated his passport and mobile phone. Hussain Jawad was held incommunicado for nearly ten hours before he was able to speak to his spouse by telephone. He has reportedly been ill-treated while in detention.

India – Human rights defender Teesta Setalvad at ongoing risk of detentionposted on: 2015/02/16

On 13 February 2015, the Indian Supreme Court ordered a stay on the arrest of human rights defender Ms Teesta Setalvad and her spouse, Mr Javed Anand, until 19 February 2015. The human rights defender, her spouse and three other individuals are being investigated for allegedly embezzling funds intended for the construction of a memorial to the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Cameroon – Continued unlawful detention of human rights defender Mouliom Illiassouposted on: 2015/02/13

The human rights defender Mr Mouliom Illiassou remains in detention despite a judicial decision made over two months ago ordering his release. The human rights defender is to appear before the First Instance Tribunal of Foumbot on 10 March 2015 in relation to charges of “slanderous accusations”.

Philippines – Surveillance and intimidation of human rights defender Anjo Bacarisasposted on: 2015/02/13

On 9 February 2015, an unknown man, purporting to be a member of the National Defense, visited the home of human rights defender Mr Anjo Bacarisas and pressured his relatives in an attempt to discover the whereabouts of the human rights defender. The man has allegedly been seen in the area several times in the previous days.

Anjo Bacarisas is a staff member of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines – Northern Minanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR), which works with rural farmers, agricultural workers and fishermen for law reforms in the context of land rights and use of resources. The human rights organisation also defends the land rights and right to self-detemination of indigenous peoples.

Thailand – Killing of land rights defender Mr Chai Bunthonglekposted on: 2015/02/12

On 11 February 2015, at approximately 6:30 pm, land rights defender Mr Chai Bunthonglek was shot and killed at his home in Chaiburi District, Surat Thani Province, by an unknown man.

Nigeria – Severe physical assault by Nigerian police on human rights defenders Justus Ijeoma and Obi Efediorahposted on: 2015/02/12

On 9 February 2015, human rights defenders Messrs Justus Ijeoma and Obi Efediorah were brutally assaulted and seriously injured by members of the police in the Inland Town Police Station in Onitsha, Anambra State, on the orders of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO). Following the assault, they were kept in unlawful detention at the police station and denied access to medical treatment. They were released the following day and are currently receiving medical treatment for their injuries.

Egypt – Mahienour El-Masry and three other human rights defenders sentenced to two years' imprisonmentposted on: 2015/02/11

On 9 February 2014, El Raml Misdemeanour Court in Alexandria sentenced Ms Mahienour El-Masry, Mr Youssef Shabaan, Mr Mohamed Ramadan and Mr Loay Mohamed AbdelRahman to two years' imprisonment. The sentence can be suspended upon payment of a 5,000 Egyptian Pounds fine (approximately €580) per person.

Bahrain – Five human rights defenders among the 72 Bahrainis who have had their citizenship revokedposted on: 2015/02/06

On 31 January 2015, the Bahrain Ministry of the Interior issued a decree revoking the citizenship of 72 individuals for “illegal acts”. The list of names provided by the Ministry includes five human rights defenders: Mr Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, Mr Ali Abdulemam, Mr Abbas Busafwan, Mr Hussain Jasem, and Dr Ali Al-Dairi.

Vietnam - Threats against human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai and attack on his homeposted on: 2015/02/06

On 30 January 2015, two unidentified men broke the front door of the apartment of human rights lawyer Mr Nguyen Van Dai in Hanoi, and threatened to burn his home and assault him. He reported the incident to the police. The human rights defender is under house arrest in Hanoi since 2007, serving a four-year sentence that is due to end in March 2015.

Malaysia – Charging of human rights lawyer Eric Paulsen with seditionposted on: 2015/02/05

On 5 February 2015, human rights lawyer Mr Eric Paulsen was charged before the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court with sedition. The charges stem from a tweet posted by the human rights defender on 9 January 2015 that accused the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), the main federal agency managing Islamic affairs, of promoting extremism in its Friday sermons.

Cambodia – Human rights defender Chhay Thy threatened with legal actionposted on: 2015/02/05

On 2 February 2015, human rights defender Mr Chhay Thy was publicly threatened with legal action by a general of the Cambodian army. The next day, the human rights defender received a threat from a Facebook account allegedly controlled by a senior provincial official.

Peru – Demolition of the preliminary construction of a new home of land rights defender Ms Máxima Acuña de Chaupeposted on: 2015/02/05

On 3 February 2015, approximately 200 people trespassed onto the land of human rights defender Ms Máxima Acuña de Chaupe and demolished the preliminary construction of a new home that her family were building on their land. Allegedly, shots were fired by members of the group, which included employees of the Division of Special Operations of the Peruvian National Police (DINOES) and the private security firm of the Yanacocha mining company, as well as a number of its engineers.

China – Disappearance of human rights defender Mr Gu Yiminposted on: 2015/02/04

At approximately 2.30pm on 3 February 2015, Mr Gu Yimin was reportedly surrounded by unidentified men in Changshu city, Jiangsu Province and forcibly abducted. His whereabouts remain unknown. Gu Yimin was released from prison on 30 November 2014 after serving an 18 month sentence for “inciting subversion of state power”.

Russian Federation – Physical assault against human rights lawyer Murad Magomedovposted on: 2015/02/04

On 4 February 2015, human rights lawyer Mr Murad Magomedov was physically assaulted by five unknown men in Makhachkala, Dagestan. He is currently hospitalised.

Thailand – Detention of human rights defender Mr Pianrat Boonritposted on: 2015/02/03

On 3 February 2015, at approximately 10:00 am, Mr Pianrat Boonrit was detained after appearing at the Vibhavadi Rangsit Military Camp, Surat Thani Province, in response to a summons. The human rights defender was transferred the same day to the Surat Thani Army central prison, and reportedly was not informed of the period for which he would be detained. He is currently being held incommunicado.

Honduras – Human rights defender Gladys Lanza Ochoa awaiting sentencing following convictionposted on: 2015/02/03

Human rights defender Ms Gladys Lanza Ochoa will be sentenced on 25 February 2015 following her conviction on 28 January 2015 on charges of defamation and slander against the Executive Director of the Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Vivienda Social, Urbana y Rural – FUNDEVI (Foundation for Development of Urban and Rural Social Housing).

Morocco/ Western Sahara – Human rights defender Babit El Kori assaultedposted on: 2015/02/02

On the evening of 25 January 2015, human rights defender Mr Babit El Kori was attacked by security forces during a protest calling for equal employment rights for Sahrawis, in front of the headquarters of the Moroccan Workers' Union (UMT) in Laayoune. Moroccan security forces dispersed the protest violently, beat several participants and reportedly targeted the organisers.

Kuwait – Intensifying targeting of human rights defendersposted on: 2015/02/02

On 29 January 2015, the Criminal Court in Kuwait sentenced human rights defender Mr Abdulhakim Al Fadhli to one year imprisonment and deportation from the country upon completion of the sentence, on charges of “inciting Bedouns in Kuwait to protest and cause chaos”. Abdulhakim Al Fadhli remains free but it is feared the sentence may be executed at any time. The defence team will appeal the sentence.

Ukraine – Human rights defender Konstantin Reutski assaulted by policeposted on: 2015/02/02

On 29 January 2015, human rights defender Mr Konstantin Reutski was beaten by road police officers at the check point Pisochin in the Kharkiv region. Konstantin Reutski is chairman of the Human Rights Centre "Postup" (Path), and a journalist with online media outlet informator.lg.ua and with Gromadske TV. He routinely covers events in the area concerned by Ukraine's anti-terrorist operation (ATO) and documents human rights violations in the region.

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.

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.