Front Line News Archive

Update: Democratic Republic of Congo – Human rights defender Mr Boniface Umpula Nyembo provisionally released posted on: 2014/11/19

On 17 November 2014, human rights defender Mr Boniface Umpula Nyembo was provisionally released by the Prosecutor General of Lubumbashi, upon payment of approximately 150 USD.

Update: Mauritania – Charges and transfer to prison of human rights defender Mr Biram Dah Abeid and eight other members of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA)posted on: 2014/11/19

On 14 November 2014, Mr Biram Dah Abeid and several other human rights defenders were charged by the investigative magistrate in Rosso. Eight of them have been sent to prison while two others have been released on probation.

Arab Women HRDs: Interactive Web Forumposted on: 2014/11/12

On Thursday, 20 November Front Line Defenders, Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) and Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) hosted a live interactive web forum featuring three leading Arab women human rights defenders (WHRDs).


Alaa Murabit (Libya) - Founder, The Voice of Libyan Women, and Advisor to UN Women, at age 21 Alaa was - in the midst of the Libyan Revolution - listed by the Gaddafi regime as one of the "most wanted" women due to her activities. The Voice of Libyan Women organised the first ever International Women’s Conference in Libya.

FLD in Focusposted on: 2014/11/11

FLD in Focus is a feature which takes a look at some of the campaigns, activities, and appeals of Front Line Defenders.

Iryna Khalip to speak at Day of the Imprisoned Writer event in Dublinposted on: 2014/11/11

Iryna Khalip, Belarusian journalist and editor of Novaya Gazeta, one of the last independent newspapers in Putin's Russia, joins Irish broadcaster and presenter of Arena, RTE Radio 1, Sean Rocks, Martina Devlin and Anne Enright to mark “Day of the Imprisoned Writer,” organised by Front Line Defenders in association with Irish PEN and the Dublin Book Festival.

Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award goes to political prisoners in Azerbaijanposted on: 2014/11/10

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) has awarded the 2014 Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award to political prisoners in Azerbaijan. The prestigious award, generally made to an individual rights activist or organisation, has been been dedicated this year to all political prisoners of Azerbaijan, which the NHC noted were, sadly, "too numerous to all be mentioned."

Update: Burma – Body of human rights journalist Mr Aung Kyaw Naing found with possible evidence of tortureposted on: 2014/11/07

On 5 November 2014, during the exhumation of the body of human rights journalist Mr Aung Kyaw Naing, witnesses observed clear signs of torture which are believed to have been committed by the Burmese military forces during the time the journalist was held in incommunicado detention. He was later killed on 4 October 2014.

Update: Bahrain – Human Rights defender Mr Nabeel Rajab released on bailposted on: 2014/11/07

On 2 November 2014, prominent human rights defender Mr Nabeel Rajab was released on bail by the Third Lower Criminal Court on the condition of a travel ban. He may face up to six years imprisonment for “insulting a public institution” via Twitter. A verdict on his case is due on 20 January 2015.

Update: Azerbaijan — Authorities drop charges against human rights defender Mr Ilgar Nasibovposted on: 2014/11/07

On 5 November 2014 Nakhchivan District Court ruled to drop charges against local human rights defender Mr Ilgar Nasibov who was viciously beaten in his office on 21 August 2014 but subsequently accused of 'deliberately inflicting damage to the health' of his assailant.

Update: Saudi Arabia - Human rights defender Mr Mikhlif Al-Shammari sentenced to two years in prison and 200 lashesposted on: 2014/11/07

On 3 November 2014, human rights defender and blogger Mr Mikhlif Al-Shammari was sentenced to two years in prison and 200 lashes by the Specialised Criminal Court in Al-Khobar city.

Update: Belarus – Elena Tonkacheva ordered to leave the country in one month with prohibition to return for three yearsposted on: 2014/11/06

On 5 November 2014 the Office for Migration and Citizenship of Pervomayskiy District Police Department in Minsk ordered human rights defender Ms Elena Tonkacheva to leave the country within one month.

Iryna Khalip to speak at 3 events: Dublin Book Festival, Trinity College and NUI Galwayposted on: 2014/11/05

Freedom of expression is key to challenging the abuse of power and defending human rights around the world. Each year “The Day of the Imprisoned Writer” recognises the courage of individuals who have stood up to repressive attacks on their right to impart information and who have paid a very high price for their bravery.

Update: China – Human rights defender Liu Xizhen reappears after 20 days in secret detention and is placed in criminal detentionposted on: 2014/10/31

On 23 October 2014, human rights defender Ms Liu Xizhen was placed in criminal detention on the charge of “causing trouble”. On the same day, police officers raided Liu Xizhen's house.

Update: Thailand – Court rules to proceed with trial against human rights defender Mr Surapan Rujichaiwatposted on: 2014/10/31

On 29 October 2014, the Phuket Provincial Court ruled to proceed with a criminal defamation case against human rights defender Mr Surapan Rujichaiwat.