Mexico – Threats, detention, raids, harassment, surveillance and stigmatisation of human rights defenders in the state of Chiapasposted on: 2014/06/27

Over the past month, human rights defenders in Chiapas have been the victims of a series of attacks, threats, harassment, surveillance and stigmatisation.

Colombia – Threats and surveillance of human rights defender Ms Nevys Niño Rodríguez and members of Movice Atlánticoposted on: 2014/05/07

On 3 May 2014, human rights defender Ms Nevys Niño Rodríguez received a threatening text message which warned her to be careful and that she was under surveillance.

Venezuela: Defamation and threats against human rights defender Ms Rocío San Miguelposted on: 2014/04/02

On 25 March 2014, the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, made defamatory statements on national television against human rights defender Ms Rocío San Miguel and accused her of being involved in an attempted coup d'etat.

Colombia: Threats and harassment against members of the Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Pazposted on: 2014/03/04

On 28 February 2014, human rights defenders Ms Janeth Hernández and Mr Abilio Peña were followed by unknown men on a motorbike during the afternoon.

Russian Federation: Threats against human rights defender Mr Dmitry Egoshinposted on: 2014/02/12

On 6 February 2014, human rights defender Mr Dmitry Egoshin was subjected to threats in his capacity as lawyer for Vladimir Ott, an individual who claims to have been beaten by police and private security guards. Dmitry Egoshin works with the Mari-El regional branch of the human rights organisation Committee Against Torture (CAT).

Zimbabwe: Threats against human rights defender Mr. Nkosilathi Emmanuel Moyoposted on: 2014/01/16

On 14 January 2014, human rights defender Mr. Nkosilathi Emmanuel Moyo received three threatening, anonymous phone calls, which followed the publication, on 13 January 2014, of an open letter written by the human rights defender to President Robert Mugabe.

Cambodia – Ongoing threats against human rights defender Mr Ou Virak posted on: 2014/01/03

Over the past three weeks, human rights defender Mr. Ou Virak has been receiving a number of death threats as well as threats of violence against his family. Ou Virak is the President of Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR), a non-aligned human rights organisation which works to promote and protect human rights of all people.

Sri Lanka: Continued harassment and defamation of human rights defender, Ms Nimalka Fernando posted on: 2013/11/14

On 8 November 2013, human rights defender Ms Nimalka Fernando lodged complaints of defamation against state-owned Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), following a radio programme in which she was subjected to derogatory comments. This incident is part of an ongoing campaign of harassment against the human rights defender, which has included threats by public officials.

Pakistan: Gunshots fired outside the home of human rights defender Mr Sardar Mushtaq Gillposted on: 2013/11/07

On 2 November 2013, gunshots were fired in the street outside the home of human rights defender Mr Sardar Mushtaq Gill in Pattoki Tehsil, Kasur District, Punjab Province. In recent months, Sardar Mustaq Gill has been intimidated by various means, including violent threats.

DRC: Threats and intimidation targeting members of CODHOposted on: 2013/10/31

On 28 October 2013, human rights defender, Mr Anelia Kanisa Anelia, received an anonymous phone call threatening him and other members of Comité des Observateurs des Droits de l'Homme – CODHO (Committee of Human Rights Observers). This happened one day after he and two CODHO colleagues were verbally threatened by police officers after visiting the Central Prison of Makala, in Kinshasa.