Front Line News Archive

Update: Uzbekistan – Sentencing of human rights defender Mr Sid Yanyshev upheld despite procedural concernsposted on: 2014/07/30

On 21 July 2014, Tashkent City Court dismissed the appeal filed by the legal team of human rights defender and investigative journalist Mr Sid Yanyshev, upholding his conviction.

Update: Russian Federation – Travel ban on Tatiana Kotlyar lifted and the order for her psychiatric assessment annulledposted on: 2014/07/30

On 24 July 2014, human rights defender Ms Tatiana Kotlyar received a notification from Russian authorities stating that the head of the Investigative Committee in the city of Obninsk had annulled the investigator's order for her psychiatric assessment on 7 July 2014.

HRDs in the Newsposted on: 2014/07/29

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: Kuwait – Extended detention of human rights defender Abdulhakim Al Fadhliposted on: 2014/07/29

On 24 July 2014, the trial of Mr Abdulhakim Al Fadhli was postponed to 7 August 2014 by the Kuwaiti Misdemeanour Court.

Update: Colombia – Further death threats and attempted attack against land rights defenders Yomaira Mendoza and Enrique Cabezasposted on: 2014/07/29

On 24 July 2014, family members of Ms Yomaira Mendoza and Mr Enrique Cabezas received death threats via SMS. Later that night, two unknown men attempted to attack the human rights defenders.

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.