Update: Thailand – Court dismisses criminal defamation charges against Andy Hallposted on: 2014/10/30

On 29 October 2014 the Prakanong Court in Bangkok dismissed criminal defamation charges brought against human rights defender Mr Andy Hall by Natural Fruit Company Ltd, a pineapple exporting company.

HRDs in the Newsposted on: 2014/07/29

HRDs in the News is a regular news round-up which draws together news about human rights defenders (HRDs) who have been appearing in the world media.

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.