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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

El Salvador: Intimidation, threats and judicial harassment against human rights lawyers Bertha de Leon and Teresa Navesposted on: 2015/11/26

On 18 November 2015, human rights lawyer Teresa Naves reported that she was being followed by the same unidentified man riding a motorcycle for the twelfth consecutive day.

Egypt – Detention of human rights defender Ahmed Saidposted on: 2015/11/25

On 19 November 2015 security forces arrested human rights defender Ahmed Said in Cairo shortly after a peaceful protest commemorating the anniversary of the 2011 Mohamed Mahmoud violence.

Burundi: Suspension order against 10 human rights non-governmental organisations posted on: 2015/11/24

On 23 November 2015 a ministerial decree by Burundi's Interior Minister ordered the suspension of ten human rights non-governmental organisations for allegedly inciting violence amidst a period of upheaval in Burundi.

DRC: Investigation and intimidation against HRD Augustin Alphonse Bofaka and other human rights defendersposted on: 2015/11/20

On 15 November 2015, human rights defender Mr Augustin Alphonse Bofaka was interrogated by the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) in connection with a recent protest against a multinational company accused of land grabbing and environmental degradation.

Colombia: Killing of human rights defender Daniel Abril and escalating threats against members of MOVICEposted on: 2015/11/20

On 13 November 2015, human rights defender Mr Daniel Abril was killed while in a bakery in his home town of Trinidad, in the department of Casanare. He was one of the most prominent voices against reported human rights abuses committed by oil companies in the Casanare department.

Israel/OPT - Charges against human rights defender Mohammed Khatibposted on: 2015/11/19

On 16 November 2015, human rights defender Mr Mohammed Khatib was released from Ofer Prison on bail of 5000 shekel on the condition that he appears in court in February 2016.

Kazakhstan: Human rights defender Bolatbek Blyalov faces criminal chargesposted on: 2015/11/19

On 11 November 2015, human rights defender Bolatbek Blyalov was accused of “inciting national discord” on the grounds of six video interviews that have been published on YouTube.

Mexico: Security concern for members of the National Front for Socialism posted on: 2015/11/18

On 16 November 2015, the National Front for Socialism initiated a second round of activities in Mexico City to denounce the situation faced by indigenous human rights defenders in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico.

Uzbekistan: Arrest of human rights defender Uktam Pardayevposted on: 2015/11/18

On 16 November the premises of human rights defender Uktam Pardayev were searched and his documents and electronic equipment were seized. He was arrested and is currently facing charges of extortion following an accusation by a third party.

Cuba: Ongoing arbitrary detention of human rights defender Hugo Damián Prieto Blanco amidst arbitrary arrests and judicial harassment of peaceful demonstratorsposted on: 2015/11/18

Mr Hugo Damián Prieto Blanco has been arbitrarily detained since 25 October 2015 and is now facing charges of public disorder linked to his participation in peaceful demonstrations in Cuba.

Israel/OPT – Interrogation period and detention of Mohammed Zoghour extendedposted on: 2015/11/11

On 5 November 2015 the Israeli military court extended the interrogation period of human rights defender Mr Mohammed Zoghour by 8 days in Shikma Detention Centre.

Vietnam: Human rights defenders temporarily detained and beatenposted on: 2015/11/11

On 8 November 2015, human rights defenders Mr Tran Minh Nhat and Mr Chu Manh Son were arrested by the police in Dinh Van.

Vietnam: Beating of human rights defenders Mr Tran Thu Nam and Mr Le Luanposted on: 2015/11/11

On 3 November 2015, human rights lawyers Mr Tran Thu Nam and Mr Le Luan were attacked and beaten by masked men in Hanoi.

China: Human rights defenders continue to be blocked from leaving Chinaposted on: 2015/11/11

On 9 and 10 November 2015, human rights lawyers Messrs Zhang Keke and Lin Qilei became the latest human rights defenders to be blocked from leaving China for reasons of 'state security'.

Tanzania: Ongoing police harassment against Imelda Urio and 35 other human rights defendersposted on: 2015/11/10

Human rights defender Ms Imelda Urio and 35 other members of the Tanzanian Civil Society Election Consortium (TACCEO) have been subjected to acts of police harassment.

Russia: Raid on home and office of human rights defender Magomed Mutsolgovposted on: 2015/11/09

On 6 November 2015, the office and home of human rights defender Mr Magomed Mutsolgov were raided by representatives of the Investigation Department of the North Caucasus Region.

Egypt: Military prosecution and detention of prominent human rights defender Hossam Bahgatposted on: 2015/11/09

The Military Prosecution ordered today the detention of prominent journalist and human rights defender Mr Hossam Bahgat.

Mexico: Criminalization of members of the Sección 22 - National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) posted on: 2015/11/09

On the night between 28 and 29 October, four human rights defenders, Juan Carlos Orozco Matus, Othón Nazariega Segura, Efraín Picaso Pérez and Roberto Abel Jiménez García were detained.

Chile: Human rights defender Juana Calfunao arbitrarily detained and then releasedposted on: 2015/11/05

On 28 October 2015, human rights defender and indigenous leader, Ms Juana Calfunao Paillalef, was arbitrarily and violently arrested.

China – Two Chinese human rights defenders detained in Bangkokposted on: 2015/11/03

On 28 October 2015 Chinese human rights defenders Dong Guangping and Jiang Yefei were detained by Thai immigration police in Bangkok.

Morocco – Upcoming trial of Maâti Monjib and six other human rights defendersposted on: 2015/10/30

Human rights defenders Mr Maâti Monjib, Mr Hisham Almiraat, Mr Samad Iach, Mr Hicham Mansouri, and Mr Mohamed Elsabr are currently facing the charge of “threatening the internal security of the State”.

Myanmar/Burma: Human rights defender Kyaw Ko Ko arrestedposted on: 2015/10/30

On 29 October 2015, human rights defender Mr Kyaw Ko Ko appeared before Kamaryut Township court and is now beingdetained in Insein prison following his arrest on 29 October 2015 in Rangoon.

DRC: Intimidation and threats against members of ANMDHposted on: 2015/10/29

On 21 October 2015, the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) intimidated and threatened members of the Amis de Nelson Mandela pour la défense des Droits Humains – Friends of Nelson Mandela for the Defence of Human Rights (ANMDH).

The threats followed a meeting organised by several human rights NGOs at the offices of ANMDH.

ANMDH is a Kinshasa-based human rights organisation that was founded in the 1990s inspired by the struggle of Nelson Mandela against apartheid in South Africa. The organisation works for the promotion of democracy and human rights through non-violent activism and denounces human rights violations.

On 21 October 2015, at approximately 12pm, two unidentified men in civilian clothes entered ANMDH offices and started asking questions about a press conference meeting that had just taken place. The two men later identified themselves as officials of ANR and told the members of ANMDH that the press conference was conducted without proper authorisation, since ANMDH failed to get permission from the local authorities.

Uzbekistan: Harassment against human rights defender Dmitry Tikhonovposted on: 2015/10/29

On 26 October 2015, human rights defender Mr Dmitry Tikhonov learnt that his office, located in his house, in the city of Angren, was burned down on 20 October, while he was away travelling.

Thailand: Harassment against human rights journalistposted on: 2015/10/29

On 27 October 2015, the Department of the Royal Thai Army in Bang Sue questioned human rights journalist Ms Thaweeporn Kummetha about an article.

Western Sahara – Upcoming trial of human rights defender Mohamed Baizaposted on: 2015/10/29

The upcoming trial of human rights defender Mr Mohamed Baiza will take place on 9 November 2015.

Armenia: Harassment and threats against LGBTI rights defendersposted on: 2015/10/28

LGBTI rights defenders and participants in the first Armenian LGBTI forum have been exposed to ongoing harassment and personal threats since the publication of an article about the forum and its participants on 20 October 2015.

Malaysia: Human rights defender charged with illegal assemblyposted on: 2015/10/27

On 21 October 2015, human rights defender Ms. Jannie Lasimbang was charged in the Magistrate’s Court in Kotu Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur.

Egypt – Security bans event on women's rightsposted on: 2015/10/23

On 20 October 2015, State security agents prevented the Women's Centre for Guidance and Legal Awareness (WCGLA) from holding a training on gender equality. The activity was organised in collaboration with Equal Rights Trust.

Ecuador - WHRDs attacked and arbitrarily detained during a demonstration against the Río Blanco Mining Projectposted on: 2015/10/22

On 20 October 2015, police and security forces assaulted and detained several women human rights defenders (WHRDs) protesting the inauguration of the Chinese owned company Junefield and their Río Blanco Mining Project.