defamation

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.

Ukraine: Death threats and defamation campaign against human rights defender Ms Alexandra Dvoretskayaposted on: 2014/02/04

On 31 January 2014, human rights defender Ms Alexandra Dvoretskaya received a message on VKontakte, a social networking site, threatening her with death. The threat followed another incident the previous day, 30 January 2014, when dozens of defamatory posters were affixed to her door and throughout the apartment block where she lives in Simferopol.

Bahrain: Human rights defender, Hussain Jawad, detained amid campaign of defamation against Bahraini activistsposted on: 2013/11/26

On 23 November 2013, Mr Hussain Jawad was arrested on charges of “inciting hatred against the regime”. He was arrested while lodging a complaint regarding a defamation campaign against a number of human rights activists in Bahrain. Hussain Jawad remains in custody in Dry Dock prison.

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.

Russian Federation: Defamation campaign against human rights defenders Ms Irina Khrunova, Mr Pavel Chikov and human rights organisation 'Agora'posted on: 2013/10/02

Human rights lawyer Ms Irina Khrunova and the human rights organization Agora have been publicly accused of instigating a plot against the prison administration of Penal Colony N14 because they have raised concerns about the ill-treatment of prisoners. Ms Irina Khrunova is the lawyer of Ms Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of Pussy Riot who is currently serving her sentence inside Penal Colony N14, who announced she was undertaking a hunger strike in protest at the ill-treatment of prisoners at the institution.

Thailand: Update – Additional complaint filed against human rights defender Andy Hall posted on: 2013/10/01

On the evening of 28 September 2013, human rights defender and migrant rights activist Mr Andy Hall went to Bangkok's Bang Na Police Station to hear an additional complaint lodged against him by Natural Fruit Company Limited.

Mexico: Defamation campaign against human rights organisation ProDESCposted on: 2013/08/16

In recent weeks, a number of articles have been published in various Mexican media outlets aiming to misrepresent the work of human rights organisation Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales – ProDESC (Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Project).

Pakistan: Statement from Bytes For All Denouncing Orchestrated Defamation Campaign Against Them posted on: 2013/07/25

Bytes for All (B4A), a human rights organisation based in Pakistan which focuses on issues related to information technology, has released a statement in response to an orchestrated campaign of defamation across various media sources in Pakistan and elsewhere targeting them and others campaigning against online censorship.