Front Line Defenders is the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. We work to provide fast and effective action to help protect human rights defenders at risk so they can continue their work as key agents of social change.


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"Don't Talk!" Soviet propaganda poster

As the political crisis in Ukraine continues to escalate, an equally sinister, if less militaristic, narrative is unfolding in the Russian Federation which may have serious long-term consequences for the future of human rights and the work of human rights defenders...

Murharrem Erbey has been released from pre-trial detention

On 12 April 2014, Mr Murharrem Erbey, a human rights defender from Turkey, was released from detention by the Diyarbakir Heavy Penal Court No. 2 because of a “lack of evidence.”


Not only is the human rights situation in Algeria no better than in 2013, or preceding years, it is in fact getting worse, especially regarding anything to do with civil liberties.

Harassment and surveillance of Maria Catherine Dannug-Salucon

Front Line Defenders is concerned at the continued surveillance and intimidation of human rights defender Ms Maria Catherine Dannug-Salucon since March 2014.

Abdulhakim Al Fadhli has been released from detention

On 10 April 2014, human rights defender and Bedoun community activist Mr Abdulhakim Al Fadhli was released after almost two months of detention, during which he reported being subjected to torture.

Juan Carlos Flores Solís (Source: Radio AMLO)

On 14 April 2014, a judge in Cholula confirmed the detention of human rights defender Mr Juan Carlos Flores Solís pending trial.

Supporters of the APPJ

On 10 April 2014, human rights defender Ms Carmen Ruiz Martínez was followed by two unknown women while going to the market in the town of Juchitán. The women grabbed her as to force her to go with them, but she managed to escape.

Nguyen Tien Trung

On 12 April 2014, human rights defender Mr Nguyen Tien Trung was released after serving four years in detention.

Arbitrary detention of six human rights defenders after peaceful march

On 6 April 2014, a group of six human rights defenders, Messrs Ayoob Boudad, Hakeel Al Sarookh, Kama Huda, Mohamed Al Harraq, Mostafa Al Arras and Ghani Za'noon, were arbitrarily arrested by police forces in Casablanca while...

Mohamed Salah Abdelrahman

On 7 April 2014 detained human rights defender Mr Mohamed Salah Abdelrahman was released following 18 days of arbitrary detention in the premises of the National Intelligence State Security in Khartoum.