Front Line News Archive

Update: United Arab Emirates – Human rights defender Mr Osama Al-Najjar sentenced to 3 years' imprisonment and fined Dh500,000posted on: 2014/11/25

On 25 November 2014, the State Security Court at the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced human rights defender Mr Osama Al-Najjar to 3 years' imprisonment, a fine of 500,000 Emirati Dirham (approximately 109,448 Euro) and confiscation of his laptop, phone and camera.

Update: Kazakhstan – Human rights defender Ms Roza Tuletaeva released from penal colonyposted on: 2014/11/25

On 19 November 2014, Mangistau Regional Court in Kazakhstan ruled to grant parole and to release human rights defender Ms Roza Tuletaeva, a leader of the workers' strike in Zhanaozen, from the penal colony where she was detained.

Update: Bahrain – Provisional release of human rights defender Zainab Al-Khawajaposted on: 2014/11/25

On 19 November 2014, human rights defender Ms Zainab Al-Khawaja was provisionally released after more than one a month in detention for tearing up a photograph of the King.

Kennedy Masiye wins Law Society of Zimbabwe awardposted on: 2014/11/25

On 9 November 2014, Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Mr Kennedy Masiye was honoured as Human Right Lawyer of the Year by the Law Society of Zimbabwe for his outstanding contribution to the protection and promotion of human rights in the country.

Nominations open for 2015 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defendersposted on: 2014/11/25

The Martin Ennals Award (MEA) has announced the opening of nominations for the 2015 award, designed to promote the protection of human rights defenders who are at risk.

Update: Saudi Arabia – Fowzan Al-Harbi sentenced to ten years in prisonposted on: 2014/11/25

On 19 November 2014, human rights defender Mr Fowzan Al-Harbi was sentenced in appeal to 10 years' imprisonment and a further 10-year travel ban by Riyadh Criminal Court. The court increased the 7-year sentence, with six years suspended, handed down on 25 June 2014. The human rights defender was immediately arrested upon pronouncement of the appeal verdict.

Joint Letter to the Cambodian authorities: Groundless charges against Venerable Loun Sovath need to be droppedposted on: 2014/11/24

November 22, 2014 – We, the undersigned 16 endorsing non-governmental organizations, urge the Cambodian authorities to drop the charges against renowned human rights defender Venerable Luon Sovath. He is facing trial on 25 November 2014 in a flawed and protracted judicial process that clearly aims to silence him. Venerable Sovath is internationally known as the "multi-media monk," and his efforts to voice the human rights abuses against vulnerable communities and human rights defenders in Cambodia have been recognized globally.

Update: Democratic Republic of Congo – Human rights defender Mr Boniface Umpula Nyembo provisionally released posted on: 2014/11/19

On 17 November 2014, human rights defender Mr Boniface Umpula Nyembo was provisionally released by the Prosecutor General of Lubumbashi, upon payment of approximately 150 USD.

Update: Mauritania – Charges and transfer to prison of human rights defender Mr Biram Dah Abeid and eight other members of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA)posted on: 2014/11/19

On 14 November 2014, Mr Biram Dah Abeid and several other human rights defenders were charged by the investigative magistrate in Rosso. Eight of them have been sent to prison while two others have been released on probation.

Arab Women HRDs: Interactive Web Forumposted on: 2014/11/12

On Thursday, 20 November Front Line Defenders, Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) and Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) hosted a live interactive web forum featuring three leading Arab women human rights defenders (WHRDs).


Alaa Murabit (Libya) - Founder, The Voice of Libyan Women, and Advisor to UN Women, at age 21 Alaa was - in the midst of the Libyan Revolution - listed by the Gaddafi regime as one of the "most wanted" women due to her activities. The Voice of Libyan Women organised the first ever International Women’s Conference in Libya.

FLD in Focusposted on: 2014/11/11

FLD in Focus is a feature which takes a look at some of the campaigns, activities, and appeals of Front Line Defenders.

Iryna Khalip - The Day of the Imprisoned Writer, Dublinposted on: 2014/11/11

Iryna Khalip, Belarusian journalist and editor of Novaya Gazeta, one of the last independent newspapers in Putin's Russia, joined Irish broadcaster and presenter of Arena, RTE Radio 1, Sean Rocks and Irish authors Martina Devlin and Anne Enright to mark the “Day of the Imprisoned Writer,” organised by Front Line Defenders in association with Irish PEN and the Dublin Book Festival.

Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award goes to political prisoners in Azerbaijanposted on: 2014/11/10

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) has awarded the 2014 Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award to political prisoners in Azerbaijan. The prestigious award, generally made to an individual rights activist or organisation, has been been dedicated this year to all political prisoners of Azerbaijan, which the NHC noted were, sadly, "too numerous to all be mentioned."

Update: Burma – Body of human rights journalist Mr Aung Kyaw Naing found with possible evidence of tortureposted on: 2014/11/07

On 5 November 2014, during the exhumation of the body of human rights journalist Mr Aung Kyaw Naing, witnesses observed clear signs of torture which are believed to have been committed by the Burmese military forces during the time the journalist was held in incommunicado detention. He was later killed on 4 October 2014.