Front Line News Archive

Update: Russian Federation – Appeal court upholds sentencing of human rights defender Dr Mikhail Savvaposted on: 2014/10/01

On 30 September 2014, Krasnodar Regional Court upheld a three-year suspended sentence with two years probation and a 70,000 rubles fine (approximately €1,440) against human rights defender Dr Mikhail Savva.

Anar Mammadli awarded Václav Havel Human Rights Prizeposted on: 2014/09/30

Azerbaijani human rights defender (HRD) Anar Mammadli has been awarded the prestigious Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, on the second occasion the award has been made.

Update: Burundi – Release of human rights defender Mr Pierre Claver Mbonimpaposted on: 2014/09/30

On 29 September 2014, human rights defender Mr Pierre Claver Mbonimpa was conditionally released from prison on grounds of ill health. The court placed travel restrictions on the human rights defender. He remains in hospital.

Update: UAE – Trial against Osama Al-Najjar begins following more than six months in pre-trial detentionposted on: 2014/09/29

On 23 September 2014, human rights defender Mr Osama Al-Najjar appeared before the State Security Court at the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi for the first hearing of his trial.

Update: Russian Federation – Court rejects Prosecutor's request to release human rights defender Evgeny Vitishko from penal colonyposted on: 2014/09/26

On 24 September 2014, the Krasnodar Regional Court ruled to leave human rights defender Mr Evgeny Vitishko in penal colony where he is serving a three-year prison term.

Iraq – Human rights lawyer Samira Saleh Al-Naimi abducted and killed by ISISposted on: 2014/09/26

On 22 September 2014, human rights defender Ms Samira Saleh Al-Naimi was publicly executed in Al Mosul city, Iraq by the Islamic State's (ISIS) militia.

Update: Tunisia – Court fines human rights defender Ms Héla Boujnehposted on: 2014/09/25

On 22 September 2014, Ms Héla Boujneh was fined approximately €2 for “disturbing public tranquillity” by the First Instance Court in Sousse.

Update: Thailand – Court of Appeal upholds ten-year prison sentence for human rights defender Mr Somyot Prueksakasemsukposted on: 2014/09/25

On 18 September 2014, Thailand's Court of Appeals upheld the sentence handed down by the Bangkok Criminal Court in the trial of human rights defender Mr Somyot Prueksakasemsuk.

Libya – Teenage human rights defenders Messrs Tawfik Bensaud and Sami ElKawafi assassinatedposted on: 2014/09/25

Around midnight of 19-20 September 2014, gunmen assassinated human rights defenders Messrs Tawfik Bensaud and Sami ElKawafi while they were driving near Al-Kish in Benghazi.

Update: Sudan – Human rights defender Mr Hassan Ishaq releasedposted on: 2014/09/24

On 19 September 2014, human rights defender Mr Hassan Ishaq was released from Al-Nuhud prison after more than three months' detention without charges.

HRDs in the Newsposted on: 2014/09/23

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.

Update: China – Human rights defender Mr Ilham Tohti sentenced to life imprisonmentposted on: 2014/09/23

On 23 September 2014, human rights defender Mr Ilham Tohti was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Urumqi People's Intermediate Court.

Update: Egypt – Human rights defender Ms Mahienour El-Masry releasedposted on: 2014/09/23

On 21 September 2014, Alexandria Court of Appeal accepted the petition to quash human rights defender Ms Mahienour El-Masry's sentence.

Update: Indonesia – Papuan human rights lawyer Mr Gustaf Kawer at risk of arrest posted on: 2014/09/19

On 17 September 2014 at about 5:00 p.m., a plain-clothed police officer visited the home of Mr Gustaf Kawer to deliver a summons in relation to his actions during a court hearing on 12 June 2014.

Update: Bahrain – Ms Maryam Al-Khawaja released pending trialposted on: 2014/09/19

On 18 September 2014, the public prosecution ordered the release of human rights defender Ms Maryam Al-Khawaja pending trial on 1 October 2014 for allegedly “assaulting a police officer”.