In a recent Op Ed on Al Jazeera Front Line Defenders Executive Director Mary Lawlor outlines the need for a red line on arresting, detaining, fabricating charges against, forcibly disappearing or killing human rights defenders. She also questions why the treatment of human rights defenders are not made a centerpiece of diplomatic engagement by the international community.
Front Line Defenders has launched a new promotional campaign using outdoor advertising and social media to highlight the exceptional work being done by all 6 finalists for this year's Front Line Defenders Award.
On 14 March 2013, the Court of Appeal ruled that jailed human rights defender Mr Mam Sonando is to be released on 16 March 2013, while his prison sentence was reduced to five years and suspended for eight months.
On 12 March 2013, approximately one month after he was forced to go into hiding due to threats, human rights defender Mr Fabakary Ceesay received a tip off that the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) had issued an alert to its agents to search for him.
On 12 March 2013, nine human rights defenders and members of Initiative pour la Résurgence du Mouvement Abolitionniste en Mauritanie (Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement IRA), who had been arbitrarily detained on 9 March 2013, were released due to lack of evidence.
On Tuesday 8 January 2013 RTE (Irish national television) premiers Lives on the Line a new feature documentary in which Front Line Defenders Director Mary Lawlor travels to Guatemala to meet human rights defenders and see the situation at first hand.
On 28 November 2012, new banners containing the message 'Here lives a foreign agent' appeared in Moscow on the buildings of the international historical and civil rights society Memorial and the For Human Rights movement.
On 18 November 2012, human rights defender Mr. Justine Ijeomah was forced to go into hiding, , two days after he was physically assaulted and received death threats as a result of his investigation into the arrest of a member of his organisation.