On 5 October 2012, imprisoned Bahraini human rights defender Mr Nabeel Rajab went on a hunger, water and medicine strike in protest of denying him the opportunity to attend the 3-day ritual mourning gatherings for his deceased mother.
0n 7 October the Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr. Naoise Ó'Muirí launched the first ever Front Line Defenders Cycle For Protection. The Lord Mayor was joined by Front Line Defenders Founder & Executive Director Mary Lawlor and special guest speakers Olga Sadovskaya from the Russian Federation and Farai Maguwu from Zimbabwe. They were also accompanied by the team of 20 cyclists who will undertake the Front Line Defenders Cycle for Protection Challenge; cycling from Dublin to Kilkenny, Cork, Limerick, Galway & Athlone.
Front Line Defenders Staff Launch Cycle for Protection with Dublin City Lord Mayor Naoise Ó'Muirí
On 30 September 2012 Shanghai-based human rights defender Ms Mao Hengfeng was detained while petitioning in Beijing. She was apprehended by non-uniformed men and forcibly sent back to Shanghai, where she is being held on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order”.