Arab Spring

Arab Women HRDs: Interactive Web Forumposted on: 2014/11/12

On Thursday, 20 November Front Line Defenders, Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) and Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) hosted a live interactive web forum featuring three leading Arab women human rights defenders (WHRDs).


Alaa Murabit (Libya) - Founder, The Voice of Libyan Women, and Advisor to UN Women, at age 21 Alaa was - in the midst of the Libyan Revolution - listed by the Gaddafi regime as one of the "most wanted" women due to her activities. The Voice of Libyan Women organised the first ever International Women’s Conference in Libya.

Front Line Defenders Speaker’s Tourposted on: 2012/04/30

In March 2012, Front Line Defenders welcomed human rights defender Dr. Basma Abdelrahman from Egypt to speak in Dublin, Cork, Galway and London.

Update on Abdulhadi Al Khawaja, Bahrain – on hunger strike in protest of his brutal arrest and detentionposted on: 2012/04/30

The 1st of May, 2012 marked the 83rd day of HRD and former Front Line Defenders Protection Coordinator Abdulhadi Al Khawaja’s hunger strike.

Bahrain Roundup: Updates from Bahrainposted on: 2012/03/10

On Friday, March 9th, a massive demonstration was held in Bahrain to protest the lack of political reform and the ongoing repression of pro-democracy and human rights protesters.

Syria: 14 human rights defenders arbitrarily arrested and taken to an unknown locationposted on: 2012/02/17

On 16 February 2012, 14 human rights defenders were arrested at the offices of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) in Damascus. SCM is a non-governmental organisation that monitors threats to freedom of expression in Syria. The human rights defenders arrested are Mr Mazen Darwish, SCM Director; his wife Ms Yara Badr; blogger Ms Razan Ghazzawi, as well as SCM staff members, journalists and human rights defenders Mr Hussayn Gharir, Mr Hani Zaytani, Ms Sanaa Zaytani, Ms Rita Dayoub, Mr Jaunne Farso, Ms Hanadi Zahlout, Mr Bassam Al Ahmad, Ms Mayyada Al Khalil, Ms Maha Al Seblani, Mr Abdelrahman Hamada and Mr Mansour Hamide. In November 2011 Mazen Darwish received the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award for 2011 as founder of the SCM.

Front Line Welcomes the Awarding of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize to Tawakkul Karman of Yemenposted on: 2011/11/07

Front Line warmly welcomes the awarding of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize to Tawakkul Karman, a courageous woman human rights defender from Yemen, honoured for her outstanding work promoting peace, democracy, and human rights.

Front Line Coordinates Protest for Abdulhadi Al Khawaja - Bahrainposted on: 2011/11/07

September 15, 2011. As part of the Dublin Platform, Front Line organised a protest in support of Abdulhadi Al Khawaja before the Saudi Embassy in Dublin.