Front Line News Archive

Release Maryam Al-Khawaja and end clamp-down on civil society in Bahrainposted on: 2014/09/18

We, the undersigned 155 civil society organisations based in over 60 countries write to you united in our condemnation of the politically motivated arrest of human rights defender and co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, Maryam Al-Khawaja at Manama airport on 30 August 2014. We urge that Maryam is immediately and unconditionally released.

Update: Cameroon – Defamation charges brought against human rights defender Mr Musa Usman Ndambaposted on: 2014/09/17

On 10 September 2014, human rights defender Mr Musa Usman Ndamba was scheduled to appear before a judge at the Court of First Instance of Bamenda on charges of defamation.

Update: Bahrain – Trial date scheduled for human rights defender Ms Maryam Al-Khawajaposted on: 2014/09/17

Human rights defender Ms Maryam Al-Khawaja will face trial on 1 October 2014 before the High Criminal Court for allegedly “assaulting a police officer”.

Update: Kenya – Imprisoned human rights defender Mr Joel Ogada seeks bail pending appealposted on: 2014/09/17

On 16 September 2014, human rights defender Mr Joel Ogada appeared before a magistrate at the Malindi Law Courts to seek release on bail pending the hearing of his appeal. The court did not render a decision immediately, postponing the ruling to 6 October 2014.

Update: Egypt – Alaa Abd El Fattah released on bail as Ms Yara Sallam and Ms Sanaa Seif remain in pre-trial detentionposted on: 2014/09/16

On 15 September 2014, Cairo Criminal Court ordered the release on bail of Mr Alaa Abd El Fattah upon payment of 5,000 Egyptian Pounds (approximately €540).

Update: China – Lawyers for human rights defender Mr Yang Maodong denounce unfair trialposted on: 2014/09/16

On 12 September 2014, the trial of human rights defender Mr Yang Maodong was postponed following a hearing in Guang Zhou Tianhe court.

Update: Azerbaijan – Court rules to hold human rights defender Mr Intigam Aliev in pre-trial custodyposted on: 2014/09/16

On 12 September 2014, Nasimi District Court in Baku rejected the petition to transfer human rights defender Mr Intigam Aliev from pre-trial prison to house arrest.

"Is it Possible to be Safe Online? Human Rights Defenders and the Internet" - A public lecture by Bruce Schneier posted on: 2014/09/16

On Monday 06 October, computer security expert Bruce Schneier will speak at The Second Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture to be held in partnership with University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin.

This public lecture, entitled "Is it Possible to be Safe Online? Human Rights Defenders and the Internet", will explore the issues faced by human rights defenders and activists on the ground as the use of computers and the Internet in their work is becoming increasingly commonplace and the threats posed by governments manipulating, monitoring and subverting electronic information, increased surveillance and censorship and the lack of security for digitally communicated and stored information is on the rise.

Update: Burundi – Application for the provisional release of Pierre Claver Mbonimpa rejected by the High Courtposted on: 2014/09/16

On 15 September 2014, the High Court of Bujumbura rejected a request by the defense lawyers of human rights defender Mr Pierre Claver Mbonimpa for his provisional release due to serious illness.

Update: Mexico – Detention of human rights defender Mr Mario Luna Romeroposted on: 2014/09/15

On 11 September 2014 at 9:40 a.m., human rights defender Mr Mario Luna Romero was arrested by a group of men dressed in civilian clothing who were driving 3-4 white pick-up trucks.

Update: Mexico – Charges against human rights defender Mr Juan Carlos Flores Solís dropped as he awaits sentence for 'aggravated robbery'posted on: 2014/09/15

Two of the three criminal proceedings against human rights defender Mr Juan Carlo Flores Solís have been dropped, while one case remains pending. The human rights defender has been held in detention since his arrest in Puebla on 7 April 2014. He now awaits trial on charges of 'aggravated theft'.

Open Letter: Indonesian government must address impunity for Munir’s assassinationposted on: 2014/09/12

Your Excellency,

We write to you today to express our serious concern that ten years after the assassination of human rights defender Munir Said Thalib, the Government of Indonesia has yet to conduct a thorough, impartial and effective investigation to bring to justice all those who are responsible for his death.

Update: Saudi Arabia – Sentencing of Mr Fadel Al-Manasef confirmed, with slight reduction of prison termposted on: 2014/09/11

On 9 September 2014, the Specialised Criminal Court reduced the sentence of human rights defender Mr Fadel Al-Manasef after it was reconsidered by the Specialised Criminal Court of Appeal.