Front Line News Archive

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.

Update: Bahrain - Human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja starts a hunger strikeposted on: 2014/08/25

On 24 August 2014, human rights defender Mr Abdulhadi Al- Khawaja declared that he was starting an open hunger strike to protest the continuation of his arbitrary arrest and detention.

Update: Bangladesh – Human rights defenders Ms Moshrefa Mishu and Ms Jesmin Jui temporarily detainedposted on: 2014/08/21

On 20 August 2014, human rights defenders Ms Moshrefa Mishu and Ms Jesmin Jui were temporarily detained. Ms Moshrefa Mishu is the President of the Garments Sromik Oikko, also known as the Garment Workers Unity Forum (GWUF). Ms Jesmin Jui is an organiser of the GWUF.

Guatemala – Killings and detention of Mayan Q'eqchi indigenous community leaders in Alta Verapaz for defending environmental rightsposted on: 2014/08/21

On 15 August 2014, three Mayan Q'eqchi community leaders were shot and killed in Alta Verapaz during the protests in Semococh, Raxuhá; namely, Messrs Sebastian Rax Caal, Luciano Can Cujub and Oscar Chen Quej.

Update: Oman – Human rights defender Mr Noah Saadi releasedposted on: 2014/08/15

On 7 August 2014, human rights defender Mr Noah Saadi was released from the detention facility of the Special Section of the Omani Police in Muscat.

Ethiopia - Bloggers and human rights defenders held for more then 100 days and charged with treason for using free softwareposted on: 2014/08/14

Joint statement by Front Line Defenders and Tactical Technology Collective on arrest of Zone9 bloggers: In the recent Zone9 Bloggers case in Ethiopia the authorities have fabricated charges of destabilising the nation and terrorism in an attempt to silence any independent voices talking about the human rights situation in the country.

Statement by Front Line Defenders on Arrest of General Palparan in the Philippinesposted on: 2014/08/14

Front Line Defenders welcomes the news from Manila that Filipino Maj. General Jovito Palparan was arrested on 12 August for the 2006 enforced disappearance of human rights defenders Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan on June 26, 2006.

The two women human rights defenders were students at the University of the Philippines and engaged in community organising and support for farmers in Hagonoy, Bulacan. While doing fieldwork in that community, they were abducted by armed men.

Witnesses claim they were seized and taken into custody by the Philippine Army based in Barangay Iba, Hagonoy, Bulacan, under the command of then Maj. Gen. Palparan. They were allegedly harassed, tortured and raped.