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Front Line Defenders hosts numerous public events throughout the calendar year, including an Annual Lecture, Speakers Tours, Film Screenings, HRD Events and Fundraising Events.

HRD & Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi's Tour

This year, Front Line Defenders brings Indian cartoonist, anti-corruption activist and human rights defender Aseem Trivedi on a multi-city tour across Europe and the UK.

aseem trivedi

View the Tour's Dates & Locations

Press Conference: HRDs & The Olympic Games

  Join us to meet 5 human rights defenders at risk for defending their communties in Rio

When: Thursday, 27th July, 10am
Where: Vila do Largo - RJ, Rua Gago Coutinho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

More Info & Location Map



Front Line Defenders & Garden Court International
The Winner of the 2016 Front Line Defenders Award
for Human Rights Defenders at Risk

The annual Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk was established in 2005 to honour the work of a human rights defender who, through his/her courageous, non-violent work, is making an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of the human rights of their communities.

When: Monday, 13th June 2016, 6.30pm
Where: At Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincolns Inn Field, WC2A 3LJ
Followed by a drinks reception

While admission is free, spaces are limited. To reserve a place, please email:

FLD Award Finalists

Finalists for the Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk include:

Ana Mirian Romero, Honduras – an indigenous rights defender, Ana Mirian and her colleagues at MILPAH have been active in opposing the installation of a hydro-electric dam on indigenous lands.

Mohammed Khatib, Palestine – a human rights defender and lawyer working on the right to self-determination in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Mohammed is one of the founders of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC).

Ingrid Vergara Chavéz, Colombia – a land rights defender working with the Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE), Ingrid and her colleagues demand justice and an end to impunity for government and paramilitary crimes.

Khalid Bagirov, Azerbaijan – a representative finalist, Khalid represents a group of persecuted human rights lawyers in Azerbaijan.

Maanda Ngoitiko, Tanzania – a women's rights, pastoralist rights and land rights defender, Maanda is one of the most targeted HRDs in the region, openly opposing “tourism” projects and land concessions that rob Maasai communities of their land.

Phyoe Phyoe Aung, Burma/ Myanmar – a student rights defender, Phyoe Phyoe has led widespread protests for academic freedom across the country.

* The overall winner of the 2016 Award will be announced at a ceremony in Dublin, Ireland on 10th June. This announcement will be updated at that time.

Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture
in parternship with University College Dublin & Trinity College Dublin

The Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture was established in 2013 to provoke discussion and debate about the range of issues affecting human rights defenders as they work tirelessly to bring about changes and build robust civil societies. The lecture is broadly accessible to a general audience with an interest in philosophy, law, human rights or politics.

Sigrid Rausing presenting the 2015 Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture
Sigrid Rausing delivering the 2015 Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture.

HRD Speakers Tours

Twice a year, Front Line Defenders hosts a HRD speaking tour, inviting an international human rights defender to participate in a series of private and public speaking engagements, high level meetings and to liaise with the media. The purpose of this tour is to highlight the outstanding work done by HRDs from around the world.  By presenting their compelling stories we hope that people will come to understand precisely why human rights defenders work is so important and why it is so important to support them.

Day of the Imprisoned Writer

The Day of the Imprisoned Writer is celebrated annually on the 15th November and recognises the courage of writers who resist repression of their right to freedom of expression, who stand up to attacks made against their right to impart information and who have paid a very high price for their bravery. Each year around this date, Front Line Defenders partners with Irish PEN to mark the date with a public event at the Dublin Book Festival.

Iryna Khalip at the 2015 Day of the Imprisoned Writer event
Iryna Khalip, HRD and journalist from Belarus, reading at the 2014 Day of the Imprisoned Writer event.

Film Screenings

Front Line Defenders also hosts ad hoc film screenings to bring the stories of HRDs from around the world to a local audience and to increase awareness of some of the ongoing issues affecting HRDs. In 2015 the organisation partnered with The Netherlands Embassy in Ireland to mark the anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights (10 December 1948) with a film screening of We Are the Giant, a documentary film which presents stories of some of the key HRDs active in Arab Spring protests - including Maryam and Zainab Al-Khawaja. Front Line Defenders has also participated in global screening days of other films, including Gold Fever, and has hosted screening events of films featuring HRDs whom the organsation has supported, such as Blood Rising, which premiered at the Jameson Film Festival, and Call Me Kuchu.

Audience at Gold Fever screeningWe Are the Giant screening
Film screenings of Gold Fever (l) and We Are the Giant (r)