Front Line News Archive

Front Line Defenders welcomes finding by UN Working Group that detention of Mohammed Hassan Sedif and Abdul Aziz Moussa was arbitraryposted on: 2014/11/28

In an opinion adopted at its 70th session on 28 August 2014, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found that the detention of Bahraini human rights defenders Mr Mohammed Hassan Sedif and Mr Abdul Aziz Moussa was arbitrary.

Update: Morocco – Abdelkhalik Elmarkhi sentenced to four years in prisonposted on: 2014/11/28

On 27 November 2014, the First Instance Criminal Chamber at the Court of Appeal in Agadir sentenced human rights defender Mr Abdelkhalik Elmarkhi to four years' imprisonment. He spent more than seven months in pre-trial detention. He was sentenced on charges relating to “obstructing traffic”, “incitement to commit violence and disobedience”, “participating in an armed mob at night” and “deliberately beating and wounding public servants while they carried out their work duties”. It was reported that the defence was not given the opportunity to plea.

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.