Front Line News Archive

Update: Saudi Arabia – Ten-year prison sentence and 1,000 lashes upheld against human rights defender Mr Raif Badawiposted on: 2014/09/02

On 1 September 2014, the Jeddah Court of Appeal upheld the sentence of human rights defender Mr Raif Badawi. On 7 May 2014, Raif Badawi was sentenced to ten years' imprisonment, 1,000 lashes, a fine of 1 million Saudi Riyals (approx. US$ 266,616), a ban from using the internet, and a ten-year travel ban.

Update: Cuba – Raid and siege at home of human rights defender Ms Damaris Moya Portielesposted on: 2014/09/02

On 26 August 2014, the house of human rights defender Ms Damaris Moya Portieles was raided by state security agents. Since 30 August 2014, the house has been under surveillance. This is the most recent in a series of break-ins, raids and attacks on the human rights defender and her family at their home.

Cameroon: Alice Nkomposted on: 2014/09/02


Cameroon: Alice Nkom

Maître Alice Nkom is a human rights lawyer from Cameroon, internationally recognised for her outspoken advocacy and defense of LGBTI rights in her country. In 2003 she founded ADEFHO, the Association for the Defence of Homosexuality, the first organisation in the country openly working against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Cameroon: Alice Nkomposted on: 2014/09/02


Cameroon: Alice Nkom

Maître Alice Nkom is a human rights lawyer from Cameroon, internationally recognised for her outspoken advocacy and defense of LGBTI rights in her country. In 2003 she founded ADEFHO, the Association for the Defence of Homosexuality, the first organisation in the country openly working against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Brazil: AHOMARposted on: 2014/09/01


Brazil: AHOMAR

Associaçao Homens e Mulheres is an association of some 2,000 artisanal fisherfolk who are fighting against pollution of the bay that has been their home, workplace and the source of their livelihood for generations. AHOMAR raises awareness of the social and environmental impact of big industries, and tries to prevent the companies from killing off the fish on which they depend.

USA: Deon Haywoodposted on: 2014/09/01



USA: Deon Haywood

Deon Haywood is Director of Women With A Vision, a New Orleans-based social justice non-profit that addresses issues faced by women within the community and region. Major areas of focus include Sex Worker Rights, Drug Policy Reform, HIV Positive Women’s Advocacy, and Reproductive Justice outreach. She and her organization have come under attack for its advocacy.

Bahrain: Maryam Al-Khawaja Detained Upon Arrival in Bahrain to Visit Her Father Abdulhadi Al-Khawajaposted on: 2014/08/31

On Saturday, 30 August, Maryam Al-Khawaja, daughter of imprisoned human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, and a prominent HRD in her own right, was detained at Bahrain's airport upon her arrival to visit her father in hospital, where he was taken after beginning a hunger strike earlier in the week.

Update: Mauritania – Continued imprisonment of human rights defender Mr Cheikh ould Vall posted on: 2014/08/29

On 25 August 2014, human rights defender Mr Cheikh ould Vall finished serving a six-month prison sentence imposed by the Mauritanian justice system in April 2014. However, he has not been released.

Thailand - Statement on the Judicial Harassment of Leading Human Rights Defender Ms. Pornpen Khongkachonkietposted on: 2014/08/29

We, the undersigned civil society groups, are gravely concerned about the criminal legal action taken for defamation and libel against the Cross Cultural Foundation, headed by Ms. Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, by the Army’s Task Force 41.

Prominent Egyptian Human Rights Defender Ahmed Seif El Islam Passed Awayposted on: 2014/08/28

Prominent Egyptian human rights lawyer Ahmed Seif El Islam Hamad passed away on Wednesday at 63 after entering a coma for several days following heart surgery earlier this month.

Azerbaijan: Investigate Brutal attack on journalistposted on: 2014/08/28

The brutal attack on the journalist Ilgar Nasibov, in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan, is an outrage, and Azerbaijan’s authorities should ensure a prompt, effective and impartial investigation.

Vietnam – Update: Human rights defender Ms Bui Thi Minh Hang sentenced to three years imprisonmentposted on: 2014/08/28

On 26 August 2014, human rights defender and blogger Ms Bui Thi Minh Hang was sentenced to three years imprisonment by the People’s Court of Dong Thap province.

Update: Burma - Charges against fifty journalists droppedposted on: 2014/08/27

On 26 August, 2014, the authorities of Burma dropped charges against fifty journalists previously accused of peaceful protest arising from a gathering on 12 July, 2014.

Update: Morocco - Human rights defender Mr Abdelkhalik Elmarkhi on a hunger strikeposted on: 2014/08/26

26 August 2014 marks the twelfth day for the hunger strike that Mr Abdelkhalik Elmarkhi started on 14 August 2014 to protest the poor conditions, denial to facilities, and continued detention as well as Sahrawi's right to self-determination.

Joint Letter to King Hamad of Bahrainposted on: 2014/08/26

The undersigned representatives of international human rights organizations write to urge the Bahrain government to comply with its international treaty obligations to provide victims of torture with physical and psychological rehabilitation.