Front Line News Archive

Ethiopia - Detained Journalists and Bloggersposted on: 2014/07/25

On 24 July 2014, Front Line Defenders signed the following letter along with 41 other organisations regarding the formal charges brought against seven human rights defenders and bloggers with Zone 9. To read the Front Line Defenders urgent appeal on this case dated 22 July 2014, please see here.

Peru – Sanctions against mining company Glencore Xstrata are ratified in Peruposted on: 2014/07/25

On 14 July 2014, the Regional Management of Labour and Promotion of Employment of the High Andean Provinces of the Regional Government of Cusco ratified the sanctions imposed on the mining company Antapaccay, a subsidiary of Glencore Xstrata (Xstrata Tintaya S.A.), in Espinar, Cusco.

FLD in Focusposted on: 2014/07/22

FLD in Focus is a new regular feature which takes a look at how the media has been reporting on the campaigns and appeals of Front Line Defenders.

Update: Egypt – Sentence of Ms Mahienour El-Masry reduced to six months' imprisonment and a fineposted on: 2014/07/22

On 20 July 2014, the Sidi Gaber Appeal Misdemeanour Court in Alexandria upheld a sentence against Ms Mahienour El-Masry to six months' imprisonment and a fine of 50,000 Egyptian pounds (€5,000), thus reducing the original sentence of two years' imprisonment and a fine of 50,000 Egyptian pounds.

Press Release: Syria: Human Rights Defenders Among Activists Not Released Despite Amnesty posted on: 2014/07/18

Scores of human rights defenders, civil society activists, media and humanitarian workers remain in arbitrary detention in Syria more than a month after the government declared a general amnesty, twelve nongovernmental organizations said today. Syrian officials should immediately release all activists arbitrarily held for their legitimate activities and allow independent international monitors inside Syria’s detention facilities to monitor the releases and conditions of confinement.

Call for new European Union Foreign Policy Chiefposted on: 2014/07/16

As the EU goes through the process of seeking a new High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN) has created their own job specification for the role.

Sign and Share the Petition for African Civil Society Participation in the Upcoming US-Africa Leaders Summitposted on: 2014/07/15

In August 2014, US President Barack Obama will host the first US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC. While President Obama has often talked about the need for strong institutions over strong individuals and has championed civil society, African civil society has been excluded from this unprecedented event.

HRDs in the Newsposted on: 2014/07/15

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 – Another raid and further harassment of NGO Zhengzhou Yirenping and Mr Chang Boyangposted on: 2014/07/14

The Zhengzhou office of Yirenping was raided by police for a second time on 13 July 2014. A prior raid occurred on 17 June 2014 when five plain-clothes police officers from Erligang police station in Zhengzhou city entered the premises.

Update: Sudan – Human rights defender Mohamed Salah Abdelrahman releasedposted on: 2014/07/14

On the evening of 11 July 2014, Mr Mohamed Salah Abdelrahman was released from detention and taken to a quiet street in Khartoum Bahri without money or access to phone for transport.

Update: Uganda – Continued targeting of SODANN staffposted on: 2014/07/14

In recent weeks, unidentified men have repeatedly broken into SODANN office premises late at night. Moreover, an unknown man trespassed at the private home of SODANN's coordinator.

Update: Sudan – Mr Mohamed Salah Abdelrahman on a hunger strike after tortureposted on: 2014/07/11

Human rights defender Mr Mohamed Salah Abdelrahman began a hunger strike on 4 July 2014 to protest his ongoing arbitrary detention in a National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) cell since 12 May 2014. Yesterday (10 July 2014) marked his 60th day in detention, which is the maximum period of detention without charge provided for under national security legislation in Sudan.

Navi Pillay expresses concern over harsh sentencing of HRDs in Saudi Arabiaposted on: 2014/07/10

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday expressed concern about the arbitrary arrest, trial and detention of human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia, including the recent conviction and harsh sentencing of human rights defender Waleed Abu Al-Khair.

World Cup 2014 Campaign - Chekh El Mouthena Marrakchyposted on: 2014/07/09

Representing the Netherlands in our #HumanRightsCup World Cup 2014 campaign is Chekh El Mouthena Marrakchy, a human rights defender (HRD) working on refugee rights in Europe.

World Cup 2014 Campaign - Félix Díazposted on: 2014/07/09

Representing Argentina in our #HumanRightsCup World Cup 2014 campaign is Félix Díaz, a human rights defender (HRD) and indigenous rights leader in La Primavera.