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Across the globe human rights defenders face various forms of persecution in their everyday struggle for human rights

In Honduras an anonymous tip off alerts members of Cofadeh that their Director Bertha Oliva, and other prominent human rights defenders, are on a death list.

In Armenia Mr Arshaluys Hakobyan of the Helsinki Association is taken into custody and beaten.

In Thailand Ms Angkhana Neelaphaijit who is the chairperson of the Working Group on Justice and Peace (WGJP) and wife of the missing human rights lawyer, Somchai Neelaphaijit, who disappeared on 12 March 2004 in Bangkok, is subjected to an ongoing campaign of harassment and intimidation.

These few cases are typical of the thousands of human rights defenders who dedicate their lives and risk their personal security in defence of the rights of others.

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Urgent Cases

China: Disappearance of two Chinese HRDs and son of another defender in Myanmarposted on: 2015/10/09

Burmese police reportedly took two human rights defenders, Tang Zhishun and Xing Qingxian, along with Bao Zhuoxuan, the son of detained human rights defender Ms Wang Yu, from their Myanmar hotel on 6 October. Their current whereabouts are unknown.

Mexico – HRDs Rocío Celeste Martínez Gregorio and Fidel Desiderio Martínez arbitrarily detainedposted on: 2015/10/09

On 2 October 2015, at approximately 5:30pm, state police arbitrarily detained human rights defenders Ms Rocío Celeste Martínez Gregorio and Mr Fidel Desiderio Martínez.

Ecuador: Demolition of homes of human rights defenders and Shuar communityposted on: 2015/10/08

On 30 September 2015 police forces, accompanied by private security companies forcibly evicted families from the Amazonian Social Action Community and demolished their houses in Tundayme.

Honduras – Hacking of institutional email of ACI Participaposted on: 2015/10/07

On 1 October 2015, the human rights organisation Asociación para una Ciudadanía Participativa - ACI Participa publicly denounced the hacking of their institutional email address, as well as the deletion of files and contacts, by unknown persons.

Venezuela - Aggravated robbery of human rights defender Marino Alvarado posted on: 2015/10/07

On 1 October 2015, at approximately 5:30 pm, human rights defender Mr Marino Alvarado, along with his nine-year-old son, was subjected to an aggravated robbery in his home.

Algeria: Detention and prosecution of journalist Hassan Bourasposted on: 2015/10/06

On 4 October, the Prosecutor of the municipality of El Bayadh accused journalist and human rights defender Mr Hassan Bouras of 'incitement to violence and revolt against the state' and 'insulting state institutions'.

Honduras: Human rights defender Dina Meza subject to serious intimidation and threatsposted on: 2015/10/05

On 28 September 2015, unidentified men attempted to run over human rights defender Ms Dina Meza.

Philippines: Killing of human rights defender Lito Abionposted on: 2015/10/05

On 28 September 2015, human rights defender Mr Lito Abion was shot dead by unidentified men in Agusan del Sur.

Singapore: Human rights defender Han Hui Hui summoned to appear before court posted on: 2015/10/01

On 23 September 2015, human rights defender Ms Han Hui Hui was due to appear in Court following a summons, which she received on 20 September in relation to charges of public nuisance for organising and participating in a demonstration without approval.

Cuba: Clampdown and detention of over 200 human rights defenders during Papal visitposted on: 2015/09/28

Between 19 and 22 September 2015 hundreds of human rights defenders (HRDs) were prevented from speaking out during the Pope's visit to Cuba, according to what local sources told Front Line Defenders. Several HRDs were arrested and detained, while others were put under surveillance and prevented from leaving their houses in a clear attempt to stop them from organising demonstrations during the Pope's visit.

Honduras: Killings and harassment of LGBTI rights defendersposted on: 2015/09/28

On 18 September 2015, poet and LGBTI rights defender Ms Gloria Carolina Hernández Vásquez, also known as Génesis Hernández, was kidnapped and brought to the outskirts of Tegucigalpa where she was killed.

Mexico: Judicial harassment of members of human rights organisation Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra y Agua de Morelos, Puebla y Tlaxcalaposted on: 2015/09/25

On 18 September 2015, human rights defenders from the organisation Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra y Agua de Morelos Puebla y Tlaxcala– FPDATMPT (The People's Front in Defence of the Water and Earth of Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala) attended an audience at the Fifth Criminal Court of Puebla (Juzgado Quinto de los Penal) regarding the seizure of the premises of community radio station Radio Zacatepec on fabricated drug-related charges. However, the lawyer for Radio Zacatepec was not allowed to attend the proceedings and there has been no progress in the case.

Guatemala: Killing of Rigoberto Lima Choc and kidnappings of fellow human rights defenders posted on: 2015/09/25

On 18 September 2015, human rights defender Prof Rigoberto Lima Choc was killed, following the kidnapping of three human rights defenders, Messrs Hermelindo Asij, Lorenzo Pérez and Manuel Mendoza. The three human rights defenders were subsequently released.

Zimbabwe: Judicial harassment against human rights defender Prosper Tirigingi and two of his colleaguesposted on: 2015/09/24

On 23 September 2015 three members of the Masvingo Residents Trust (MRT), Messrs Prosper Tirigingi, Ephraim Mutombeni and Ms Elizabeth Manavira appeared before the Masvingo Provincial Magistrate Court for the first hearing of their trial concerning the charges of malicious damage of property and public gathering intended to promote public violence. The trial will continue on 1 October 2015, when the Court is expected to rule on the case.

Prosper Tirigingi is the coordinator of MRT, a human rights organisation campaigning for public accountability and adequate service delivery in Masvingo province in south-east Zimbabwe. Both Ephraim Mutombeni and Elizabeth Manavira are chairpersons of MRT.

Brazil: Attempted killing, attacks, death threats, and harassment against Guarani-Kaiowá indigenous leadersposted on: 2015/09/24

On 19 September 2015, indigenous leader and human rights defender Mr Elpídio Pires was shot during an attack against the community of Tekoha Potrero Guasu in the municipality of Paranhos, Mato Grosso do Sul (MS). The attackers were trying to repossess the land where the community resides, that was initially demarcated as indigenous land in 2005 but it has been disputed since then.

Ukraine: Attack on LGBTI rights defenderposted on: 2015/09/23

On 14 September 2015, human rights defender Mr Nick Carter and his friend Mr Kondratov were severely beaten by four unidentified men in Kiev.

Uzbekistan: Human rights defenders Dmitry Tikhonov and Elena Urlaeva arrestedposted on: 2015/09/23

On 19 and 20 September 2015, human rights defenders Ms Elena Urlaeva and Mr Dmitry Tikhonov were arrested by police due to their documentation of the government’s widespread use of forced labour during this year’s cotton harvest.

Angola: Human rights defender Raul Mandela brutally beaten by police during demonstration in Luandaposted on: 2015/09/22

On 15 September 2015 human rights defender Raul Mandela was brutally beaten by the police while organising and participating in a peaceful protest. The demonstrators were calling for the release of 16 human rights defenders detained in June and protesting against the sentencing of human rights defender José Marcos Mavungo to six years' imprisonment.

Peru: Assassination attempt against human rights defenders and campesino leaders in Cajamarcaposted on: 2015/09/21

On 15 September 2015, an assassination attempt was made against human rights defenders Messrs Cesar Estrada Chuquilin and Walter Castañeda Bustamante, who were returning to the province of Celedín after participating in an inspection visit at the Conga Lagoons, in the north of the country. The human rights defenders went there to ensure that the Conga Mining Project had not begun operations in the lagoons, as the company has not obtained a licence to operate in the region.

Nicaragua: Attacks on human rights defenders working with the Wangki Twi communityposted on: 2015/09/21

On 18 September 2015, houses in a Wangki Twi community were razed to the ground in a continuation of serious violence against members of these communities and the people who defend their rights.

Mexico: Hearing postponed in trial against human rights defender Eduardo Arturo Mosqueda posted on: 2015/09/21

On 11 September 2015, lawyers for the defence of human rights defender Mr Eduardo Arturo Mosqueda attended a hearing on a constitutional petition against his pre-trial detention. The judge in the case postponed the hearing until 30 September 2015 to allow the complainants more time to review the necessary documentation. Thus, Eduardo Arturo Mosqueda remains in pre-trial detention.

Morocco – Travel ban against Maâti Monjibposted on: 2015/09/18

On 16 September 2015, authorities at the Mohamed V International Airport in Casablanca briefly detained human rights defender Mr Maâti Monjib and did not permit him to board a flight to Spain, as the Public Prosecutor's Office had issued a travel ban against him. Since then, Monjib has gone on hunger strike at the headquarters of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH), in Rabat, in protest against the restrictive measure.

Cameroon: Arrest of human rights defender Jean Marc Bikoko and his colleagues posted on: 2015/09/18

On 15 September 2015 security forces in Yaoundé arrested human rights defender Mr Jean Marc Bikoko and a number of his colleagues at a workshop organised to mark the International Day of Democracy.

Bangladesh: Four human rights defenders detainedposted on: 2015/09/18

On 16 September 2015, Dakha Court rejected a bail petition filed by four detained human rights defenders, Messrs Arian Arif, Jakia Sultana, Hasibul Hasan Sabuj and Firoz Alam Khan Shuvo. They had been arrested on 12 September on false accusations of human trafficking. They will therefore remain in detention until the next court proceeding, which is scheduled to take place on 20 September.

Guatemala: Killing of human rights defender Sebastian Córdova Sajicposted on: 2015/09/17

On 11 September 2015, 70-year-old human rights defender and spiritual leader of the ixil people, Mr Sebastian Córdova Sajic, was found killed in the village of Santa Abelina, in the El Quiché department, in the west of Guatemala.

Guatemala: Retrial continues in case of detained environmental rights defenders Saúl Méndez and Rogelio Velásquezposted on: 2015/09/16

On 11 September 2015, human rights defenders Mr Saúl Méndez and Mr Rogelio Velásquez appeared before the Tribunal de Sentencia Penal de Delitos de Femicidio y otras Formas de Violencia contra la Mujer de Quetzaltenango (Criminal Court for Sentencing of Crimes of Femicide and other Forms of Violence against Women of Quetzaltenango) in the fifth hearing of the trial against them. The trial began on 1 September 2015, and will continue until 28 October 2015. The human rights defenders maintain that they are innocent.

China: Whereabouts of at least 18 human rights defenders remain unknown two months after their detentionsposted on: 2015/09/14

9 September 2015 marked two months to the day since a nationwide crackdown on human rights defenders began in China.

DRC: Human rights lawyer David Bugamba arbitrarily placed in preventive detentionposted on: 2015/09/14

On 12 September 2015 the High Court of Bukavu (Tribunal de Grande Instance de Bukavu) dismissed an appeal filed on behalf of Mr David Bugamba challenging his preventive detention, as it declared the appeal inadmissible given that the documents supporting the preventive detention order were not available to the Court.

Ecuador – Dissolution order against human rights organisation Fundamediosposted on: 2015/09/11

On 8 September 2015, the Fundación Andina para la Observación y Estudio de Medios – Fundamedios (Andina Foundation for the Observation and Study of Media) received an official letter from the National Secretariat for Communications (Secretaría Nacional de Comunicacion – SECOM) notifying them of an order to dissolve their organization.

Colombia: Human rights defender Dagoberto Giraldo Henao unlawfully detained and later releasedposted on: 2015/09/11

On 5 September 2015, a judge declared the arrest of human rights defender Mr Dagoberto Giraldo Henao unlawful and he was subsequently released. He may, however, still face charges.