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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

Sudan – Killing of human rights defender Mr Abdullah Abdelkaderposted on: 2015/08/28

On 24 August 2015 human rights defender Mr Abdullah Abdelkader was shot and killed, reportedly by members of an armed group, while visiting his hometown El Abbasiya Tagali in South Kordofan State.

South Sudan - Whereabouts of journalist and human rights defender unknown amidst ongoing intimidatory campaign against journalists in the countryposted on: 2015/08/27

Approximately three weeks since he was arbitrarily detained by South Sudanese security forces on 6 August 2015, the whereabouts of human rights defender Mr Clement Lochio Lomornana are unknown.

Mexico: Break-in and seizure of sensitive information at the home of human rights defender Miguel Ángel Zenónposted on: 2015/08/27

On 21 August 2015, human rights defender Miguel Ángel Zenón was finally able to enter his home four days after it had been broken into by force, which caused damage to the main entrance. Identification and various documents containing information on cases the human rights defender has been working on had been taken.

Morocco - Charges and travel ban against Samad Iachposted on: 2015/08/26

On 25 August 2015, human rights defender Mr Samad Iach was banned from travelling by Moroccan security forces at Mohamed V International Airport.

DRC: Harassment of human rights defender Jean de Dieu Mulikuzaposted on: 2015/08/26

On 21 August 2015, human rights defender Mr. Jean de Dieu Mulikuza submitted a formal complaint to the Attorney General at Bukavu Court of Appeals (Cour d'Appel de Bukavu) denouncing attempts to incriminate him in an alleged case of fraud linked to an investigation being conducted by the judicial police in Bukavu.

Kazakhstan: Human rights lawyer Ermek Narymbaev imprisonedposted on: 2015/08/25

On 20 August 2015, human rights lawyer Mr Ermek Narymbaev was arrested and sentenced to 20 days imprisonment. He was found guilty of allegedly convening an unsanctioned demonstration. However, no such demonstration took place.

Thailand: Criminal charges against human rights defenderposted on: 2015/08/25

On 24 August 2015, the Bangkok South Criminal Court accepted the criminal charges against human rights defender, Mr Andy Hall. He is accused by Natural Fruit Company Ltd of defamation and computer crimes.

Ecuador: Health of human rights defender Margoth Escobar deteriorating in detentionposted on: 2015/08/24

On 24 August 2015, at 4:30 pm, an appeals hearing will take place concerning the preventive detention of 61-year-old human rights defender Ms Margoth Escobar who was arbitrarily arrested and detained on 13 August 2015.

Honduras - Intimidation and threats against human rights defender Elizabeth Zúñigaposted on: 2015/08/24

On 17 August 2015, journalist and human rights defender Ms Elizabeth Zúñiga publicly denounced the fact that her vehicle had been sabotaged, in an act possibly intended to kill her.

Italy: Legal Director of Alkarama arrestedposted on: 2015/08/21

On 19 August 2015, Italian police arrested Algerian human rights defender Mr Rachid Mesli at the Swiss-Italian border post of the Great Saint-Bernard tunnel in the Valley of Aosta, where he was going on holidays with his wife and son.

DRC: Break-in and robbery at the office of Nouvelle Dynamique de la Société Civile en RDCposted on: 2015/08/20

On 16 August 2015, unidentified individuals broke into the offices of Nouvelle Dynamique de la Société Civile en RDC (NDSCI) and stole several items and documents from the organisation.

Armenia: Investigation of human rights lawyer Tigran Hayrapetyanposted on: 2015/08/19

Human rights lawyer Mr Tigran Hayrapetyan has been informed about a criminal case which was opened against him by the Special Investigative Agency.

Thailand: Harassment and surveillance of human rights defender Waewrin Buangern posted on: 2015/08/19

On 19th August 2015, human rights defender Ms. Waewrin Buangern contacted the Ngao District Police Chief to report continued surveillance of her home by plain-clothes police officers.

Philippines: Ongoing arbitrary detention of human rights defender Daniel Lampusayposted on: 2015/08/17

Human Rights Defender Mr Daniel Lampusay is currently arbitrarily detained in the Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail.

India: Human rights defender the target of slander campaign by policeposted on: 2015/08/14

Human rights defender Ms Soni Sori has been the target of an ongoing slander campaign led by the Inspector General of the Police of Bastar region, Mr Kalluri, following a press conference in which she drew attention to an alleged arbitrary killing by the police. She further received direct threats from the Inspector General.

India: Human rights defender temporarily detained posted on: 2015/08/14

On 6 August 2015, human rights defender, Mr Durbadal Majumder was detained in police custody overnight at the New Jalpaiguri police station. He was informed that a criminal case had been opened against him.

Durbadal Majumder, is the Jalpaiguri District human rights monitor for Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), a non-governmental human rights organisation based in Howrah, Kolkata, West Bengal. MASUM works on a variety of issues, including combating illegal evictions, enforced migration, trafficking of persons and impunity for acts of torture. As a human rights monitor, Durbadal Majumder has been involved in campaigns against the use of torture by the police and Border Security Forces in the area, as well as investigating individual cases of torture and mistreatment.

On 6 August 2015, at approximately 3 p.m., the human rights defender was taken into police custody at the New Jalpaiguri police station. He was not provided with food during his time in custody and was released at 10:30 a.m. on 7 August. Before he was released, the police officer on duty forced Durbadal Majumder to sign a paper, which he was prevented from reading.

Thailand: Judicial harassment of Surapan Rujichaiwatposted on: 2015/08/13

On 20 August 2015, a preliminary court hearing in the case of human rights defender Mr Surapan Rujichaiwat will take place at the Mae Sod Provincial Court. He is charged with defamation following a post on social media calling for an investigation into the activities of Tung Kha Limited Company (TKLC).

Philippines: Ongoing harassment and surveillance of human rights defender Honey May Suazoposted on: 2015/08/10

For several months human rights defender Ms Honey May Suazo has been the target of continuous harassment and surveillance by local police.

Nepal: Human rights defenders severely injured by policeposted on: 2015/08/07

On 3 August 2015, three human rights defenders were severely injured during a violent police crackdown on a peaceful protest.

Uzbekistan: Court declares human rights defender 'mentally incompetent'posted on: 2015/08/07

Uzbek human rights defender, Mr Shukhrat Rustamov, is at risk of being forcibly placed in a psychiatric clinic, following the finding of Shajhantahurskij Regional Court of Common Pleas in Tashkent that he is 'mentally incompetent'.

Oman – Arrest, incommunicado detention of HRDs and internet activistsposted on: 2015/08/07

On 4 August 2015 human rights defenders Mr Muktar Al-Hanai and Mr Ahmed Al-Blushi were arrested by security forces. Their arrest followed that of Mr Salih Al-Azri, Mr Ali Al-Muqbali and Mr Talib Al-Saedi one day earlier.

Muktar Al-Hanai and Ahmed Al-Blushi were arrested on 4 August 2015 while travelling to the United Arab Emirates. Ahmed Al-Blushi was released a number of hours after the arrest, while Muktar Al-Hinai remains in detention. Muktar Al-Hanai was previously arrested in June 2012 due to his participation in a peaceful protest calling for the release of human rights defenders from prison. In September 2012 he was sentenced to one year imprisonment and a fine on charges of insulting the Sultan through “offensive writings and violating the information technology law.” He was released in 2013 following a pardon from Sultan Qaboos.

China: Police harassment of human rights NGOposted on: 2015/08/07

On 6 August 2015 four people who identified themselves as police officers arrived at the home of the Executive Director of the Wenshe Centre for Human Rights Education (WCHRE), Mr Liu Yi, and questioned him for forty minutes about his activities with the organisation. This harassment is the latest in an ongoing campaign against civil society organisations and human rights defenders in China.

Mr Liu Yi is the Executive Director of the WCHRE, a small organisation dedicated to increasing awareness of human rights in China. It provides information about international standards, the UN mechanisms, opportunities for human rights defenders, as well as translating reports on human rights abuses around the world. The NGO also provides legal assistance to ethnic communities in Sichuan province. In 2008 Liu Yi co-founded Human Rights Campaign in China, a domestic NGO which documents human rights abuses throughout the country. In 2009 Liu Yi was sentenced to 18 months in prison as a result of his work with this NGO.

Indonesia: Continuous harassment and intimidation of West Papuan human rights defenderposted on: 2015/08/07

West Papuan human rights defender Mr Theo Hesegem has been the subject of continuous harassment and intimidation by local police for several months. The most recent acts of harassment are related to paralegal assistance he provided to a victim of arbitrary police violence.

Guatemala: Shots fired outside offices of human rights organisation Centro de Acción Legal Ambiental y Social de Guatemala (CALAS)posted on: 2015/08/05

On the night of 29 July 2015 an unknown gunman riding a motorcycle fired a number of shots outside the offices of human rights organisation Centro de Acción Legal Ambiental y Social de Guatemala (CALAS).

Egypt – Hisham Mubarak Law Centre under judicial investigationposted on: 2015/08/05

The Hisham Mubarak Law Centre (HMLC) is currently under judicial investigation by a committee of experts to assess whether the organisation complies with the restrictive Association Law 84/2002.

The HMLC is a prominent human rights organisation based in Cairo and Aswan, founded by human rights defender Ahmed Seif Al Islam. It works to defend the rights of protesters, torture victims and political prisoners through litigation, campaigns and legal representation. The Centre was a gathering place for human rights defenders during the 2011 Revolution, when it was raided by security forces who arrested Ahmed Seif Al Islam along with 30 other lawyers, activists, and human rights defenders gathered there.

Malaysia: Arrest of HRDs and organisers of peaceful protestsposted on: 2015/08/04

On 31 July 2015, three human rights defenders were arrested and a fourth one was summoned for questioning in relation to their role organising peaceful protests. Messrs Adam Adli Abd Halim, Syukri Rezab and Mandeep Singh will be held overnight at Jinjang detention centre before being brought before a court for a remand hearing on 1 August 2015 at 10 a.m. Ms Ambiga Sreenavasan was summoned and questioned but subsequently released. All four human rights defenders are under investigation on charges of carrying out activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy, under Article 124 of the Penal Code, a charge which carry a prison term of up to 20 years.

Ecuador: Ongoing intimidation against human rights defender Paulina Muñoz Samaniegoposted on: 2015/07/31

On 30 July 2015, human rights defender Ms Paulina Muñoz Samaniego filed a criminal complaint concerning the continuing intimidation she has been subjected to for the past eight months. Among the incidents that motivated the human rights defender to file the complaint were a series of threatening notes sent to her house, a warning phone call made to her father and the hacking of her work e-mail and her organisation's facebook page.

Paulina Muñoz Samaniego is a women's rights defender and has been working at the Colectivo de Mujeres Acción Política since 2000. She has also been active in raising awareness about the impact of free trade agreements on vulnerable groups in Ecuador. She is a member of the network of social organisations called Ecuador Decide, which opposes the current negotiations of a free trade agreement between Ecuador and the European Union (EU).

The human rights defender has been the victim of an ongoing intimidation campaign for the past eight months. On 27 October 2014, Paulina Muñoz received the first of a series of intimidatory notes to her home in which it warned her that she was under surveillance.

Malaysia: Travel ban imposed on four human rights defendersposted on: 2015/07/31

On 23 July 2015, travel bans were imposed on human rights defenders Ms Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Ms Maria Chin Abdullah, Mr Hishamuddin Rais and Mr Adam Adli Abdul Halim.

Colombia: Death threats against human rights defender Nicolasa Díaz Ortizposted on: 2015/07/30

On 23 July 2015, human rights defender Ms Nicolasa Díaz Ortiz received two anonymous telephone calls to her home in which her life was threatened.

Vietnam: Human rights defender severely beaten while temporarily detainedposted on: 2015/07/29

On 25 July 2015, police temporarily detained and beat human rights defender Ms Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh at the Loc Tho ward police station in Nha Trang. She suffered injuries and, upon leaving the police station, she was bleeding from cuts on her face.