Front Line News Archive

Russian constitutional court ruling on foreign agent law opens door to new wave of prosecutionsposted on: 2014/04/17

As the political crisis in Ukraine continues to escalate, an equally sinister, if less militaristic, narrative is unfolding in the Russian Federation which may have serious long-term consequences for the future of human rights and the work of human rights defenders in the country.

Turkey: Murharrem Erbey released following 1,570 days of pre-trial detentionposted on: 2014/04/16

On 12 April 2014, Mr Murharrem Erbey, a human rights defender from Turkey, was released from detention by the Diyarbakir Heavy Penal Court No. 2 because of a “lack of evidence.”

Update: Kuwait – Release of human rights defender Mr Abdulhakim Al Fadhliposted on: 2014/04/15

On 10 April 2014, human rights defender and Bedoun community activist Mr Abdulhakim Al Fadhli was released after almost two months of detention, during which he reported being subjected to torture.

Update: Vietnam – Release of human rights defenders Mr Nguyen Tien Trung and Dr Cu Huy Ha Vuposted on: 2014/04/14

On 12 April 2014, human rights defender Mr Nguyen Tien Trung was released after serving four years in detention.

Update: Sudan – Release of human rights defender Mr Mohamed Salah Abdelrahman following Presidential Speechposted on: 2014/04/11

On 7 April 2014 detained human rights defender Mr Mohamed Salah Abdelrahman was released following 18 days of arbitrary detention in the premises of the National Intelligence State Security in Khartoum.

European Union-Kyrgyz Republic Human Rights Dialogueposted on: 2014/04/10

The European Union and the Kyrgyz Republic held the fifth round of their Human Rights Dialogue in Bishkek on 8 April 2014. While representatives of the EU praised several advancements in human rights in the Kyrgyz Republic, they also expressed serious concerns at continued reports of the use of torture and ill-treatment against detainees, and stressed its readiness to support the Kyrgyz Republic authorities in their efforts to prevent torture.

Update: Russian Federation – Court rejects appeal on 'Foreign Agents Law' by Anti-Discrimination Centre 'Memorial'posted on: 2014/04/09

On 8 April 2014, St Petersburg City Court upheld the decision of a lower Court obliging Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial (ADC 'Memorial') to register as a 'foreign agent'.

Third Anniversary of Arrest: Calls for the Release of Abdulhadi Al-Khawajaposted on: 2014/04/09

International human rights organisations and local Bahraini civil society groups call for the immediate and unconditional release of human rights defender (HRD) Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja on the third anniversary of his arrest.

HRDs in the Newsposted on: 2014/04/07

HRDs in the News is a regular news round-up which draws together news about human rights defenders (HRDs) who have been appearing in the world media.

The Irish Times have reported on the Corrib gas dispute in Ireland and the need for a proper inquiry into policing; the Cairo Post have reported on the case of Yemeni HRD Feras Shamsan; RTE reported on a vigil held in memory of Chinese HRD Cao Shunli; and more.

Mexico: Worrying developments for the Protection Mechanism for HRDs and Journalistsposted on: 2014/04/04

The undersigned organisations are deeply concerned by recent developments that have taken place regarding the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and Journalists in Mexico.

Update: Russian Federation – Sentencing of human rights defender Mr Mikhail Savvaposted on: 2014/04/03

On 2 April 2014, Pervomayski District Court of Krasnodar region gave human rights defender Dr. Mikhail Savva a three-year suspended sentence with two years probation and 70,000 rubles fine (approximately €1,440).

Update: UAE – Reports of torture in detention of human rights defender Mr Osama Al-Najjarposted on: 2014/04/02

On 2 April 2014 sources confirmed that human rights defender Mr Osama Al-Najjar was subjected to torture for at least four days whilst in detention, since his arrest on 17 March 2014.

Remembering Irene Fernandezposted on: 2014/04/02

Front Line Defenders is saddened to learn about the death of Irene Fernandez, an inspiring human rights defender who worked for the rights of migrant workers in Malaysia.

Ales Bialiatski Named 2014 Civil Rights Defender of the Yearposted on: 2014/04/02

Ales Bialiatski, founder of the Belarusian human rights organisation Viasna, is the recipient of the 2014 Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award.

Update: China - Detained human rights defender Ms Ge Zhihui transferred to hospitalposted on: 2014/03/31

On 29 March 2014, it was reported that human rights defender Ms Ge Zhihui had been transferred to a Beijing hospital nearly a month after being detained on 1 March 2014. The reason or the time of her transfer to Beijing Public Security Hospital from Fengtai District Detention Centre is unclear.