Back to top

Search

Open Case
13 June 2016

Update: on 7 August 2019, human rights defender Guo Feixiong was released, at the end of his six-year prison sentence.

Guo, the 2015 winner of the Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk, served a six year prison sentence for “gathering crowds to disturb social order” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”.

Location 
HRD or Organization 
Open Case
7 July 2020

On 2 July 2020, Atena Daemi was sentenced by Branch 24 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court to two additional years in prison and 74 lashes. The woman human rights defender’s lawyer attended the hearing for the charges of “propaganda against the state”, for which she was sentenced to one year, and another year and 74 lashes for “disrupting the prison order”.

HRD or Organization 
Open Case
23 March 2017

On the 7th anniversary of the peaceful popular movement of the Bahraini people which started on 14 February 2011, the NGOs called on the international community to help free human rights defenders in Bahrain, some of whom are jailed for life, and to stop the persecution of journalists simply for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly. On 05 February 2018, Abdulhadi's wife Khadija Al-Mousawi tweeted that she visited her husband  who has been targeted and abused in Jaw prison and has been taken to hospital in shackles.

Location 
HRD or Organization 
Open Case
29 July 2016

On 23 July 2016, 78 year old human rights defender Mr Mi Chongbiao and his 68 year old wife, Ms Li Kezhen, were reportedly assaulted by officers from the national security bureau in Guiyang, Guizhou province. The couple have been arbitrarily detained for over four years in a number of different locations under the control and surveillance of the Guiyang City police, the Public Security Bureau and hired security guards.

Location 
HRD or Organization 
Open Case
19 June 2017

On 13 June 2017, Manikganj Judge, Mahbubur Rahman, filed a case under section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act against human rights defender, Golam Mujtaba Dhruba, for an article he published on 11 June 2017. The article reported on an argument which took place between court employees and a local family after a truck, rented by Judge Mahbubur in order to move his belongings, obstructed the road and prevented the family from driving their sick child to hospital.

Location 
HRD or Organization 
Open Case
18 January 2017

On 17 January 2017, the Appeals Court in Al-Ayoun decided to reduce the sentence of Ali Al-Sadouni, Nour-al-Din Arkoubi and Khalihon Al-Faak from two years to one and a half years. On 5 January, the three Sahrawi HRDs began a hunger strike, in protest to their arbitrary detention, prison sentence, and alleged torture and ill-treatment by Moroccan authorities in Al-Akhal prison in Al-Ayoun in Western Sahara since their arrest on 1 December 2016. On 14 January 2017, the human rights defenders were placed in solitary confinement in response to their peaceful protest in detention.

 

Location 
HRD or Organization 
Open Case
9 January 2017

On 17 January 2017, the Appeals Court in Al-Ayoun decided to reduce the sentence of Ali Al-Sadouni, Nour-al-Din Arkoubi and Khalihon Al-Faak from two years to one and a half years. On 5 January, the three Sahrawi HRDs began a hunger strike, in protest to their arbitrary detention, prison sentence, and alleged torture and ill-treatment by Moroccan authorities in Al-Akhal prison in Al-Ayoun in Western Sahara since their arrest on 1 December 2016. On 14 January 2017, the human rights defenders were placed in solitary confinement in response to their peaceful protest in detention.

Location 
HRD or Organization 
Open Case
24 November 2020

On 10 November 2020, the State Public Prosecutor accused human rights defender Mohamed Ibrahim of being involved in case No. 885, and charged him with 'joining a terrorist group' for the second time.

On 27 October 2020, the Public Prosecution renewed the detention of human rights defender Mohamed Ibrahim for an additional 45 days.

On 24 August 2020, the family of human rights defender Mohamed Ibrahim was informed that Mr. Ibrahim had been transferred from Tora prison to Al-Aqrab prison; a maximum security detention centre, notorious for its inhumane conditions.

Location 
HRD or Organization 
Open Case
4 September 2020

On 4 March 2020, the Criminal Court of Cairo renewed the preventive detention of woman human rights defender Esraa Abdel Fattah for an additional 45 days. Since her arrest on 12 October 2019, her detention has been renewed every 15 days.

On 9 December 2019, Esraa Abdel Fattah resumed her hunger strike, which she had originally started on 12 October and suspended on 22 November 2019.

On 5 November 2019, the Supreme Public Prosecution renewed the preventive detention of woman human rights defender Esraa Abdel Fattah for fifteen additional days.

Location 
HRD or Organization 
Open Case
30 April 2020

On 30 April 2020, the Public Prosecution in Cairo ordered that human rights defender Abdelrahman Tarek be held in preventive detention for 15 days, pending investigations on charges of ‘joining an illegal group’, ‘defamation’ and ‘misuse of social media’.

On 10 March 2020, Addelrahman Tarek was granted release under precautionary measures, however he was never released from prison. He has been in arbitrary detention since September 2019.

HRD or Organization 
Open Case
29 January 2020

On 28 January 2020 the Criminal Court of Kuwait dropped some of the charges against human rights defender Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli and decided to refrain from pronouncing punishment in relation to the remaining charges. Following the payment of a fine he was released from prison.

On 12 November 2019, the Criminal Court of Kuwait rescheduled the hearing of Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli for the fourth time. It is now scheduled to take place on 26 November 2019.

Location 
HRD or Organization 
Open Case
8 January 2017

On 17 January 2017, the Appeals Court in Al-Ayoun decided to reduce the sentence of Ali Al-Sadouni, Nour-al-Din Arkoubi and Khalihon Al-Faak from two years to one and a half years. On 5 January, the three Sahrawi HRDs began a hunger strike, in protest to their arbitrary detention, prison sentence, and alleged torture and ill-treatment by Moroccan authorities in Al-Akhal prison in Al-Ayoun in Western Sahara since their arrest on 1 December 2016. On 14 January 2017, the human rights defenders were placed in solitary confinement in response to their peaceful protest in detention.

Location 
HRD or Organization 
Open Case
24 April 2020

On 24 April 2020, human rights defender Abdullah Al-Hamid passed away in hospital after being in a coma for 15 days.

On 9 April 2020, human rights defender Abdullah Al-Hamid suffered a stroke whilst detained in Al-Ha’ir maximum security prison in Riyadh. He is currently in a coma and has been hospitalised.

HRD or Organization 
Open Case
10 February 2020

On 7 February 2020, human rights defender Patrick George was detained at Cairo airport and taken into custody by the National Security Agency. He was interrogated for several hours, and reported being subjected to physical abuse and torture by electric shocks. On the next day, the Public Prosecutor of Mansoura ordered his detention on remand for 15 days.

 

.

HRD or Organization 
Open Case
13 November 2019

On 9 November 2019, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards arrested Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee.

On 5 September 2019, the Tehran Appeal Court extended the sentence of human rights defenders Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee during a revision hearing for two additional years and one month. On 18 July 2019, the Revolutionary Court in Tehran found both human rights defenders guilty of " insulting the supreme leader" and "promoting propaganda against the state". They received prison sentences of three years and seven months. 

Location 
HRD or Organization 
Open Case
8 November 2019

On 26 July 2019, the General Assembly of the Constitutional Court examined the individual applications of ten Academics for Peace, including Füsun Üstel, who have been sentenced to prison on charges of "propagandising for a terrorist organisation" for having signed the declaration entitled "We will not be a party to this crime". The Court ruled that the conviction of Academics for Peace violates their freedom of expression.

Location 
HRD or Organization 
Open Case
25 April 2019

On 18, 19 and 20 March 2019, three hearings were held in the Istanbul 37th High Criminal Court in the case of 20 lawyers from the People's Law Office, six of them currently in detention. Eighteen human rights lawyers were prosecuted on terrorism-related charges and sentenced to between three and 18 years in prison. The cases of the remaining two human rights lawyers, Oya Aslan and Günay Dağ, remain open due to their absence from all three hearings.

Location 
HRD or Organization 
Open Case
25 January 2017

On 20 January 2017, Israeli occupation forces arrested human rights defenders Ms Lema Nazeeh and Mr Mohammed Khatib – along with four other peaceful protesters -  near the illegal Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adumim in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Israeli forces then went on to ill-treat Lema Nazeeh throughout her four days in detention at Al-Maskubiyyah prison in Jerusalem. On 23 January 2017, Israeli occupation forces also arrested human rights defender Mr Abdallah Abu Rahma as he attended the court hearing of the two aforementioned defenders.

HRD or Organization 
Open Case
23 September 2019

On 21 September 2019, human rights defender Raif Badawi ended his hunger strike after receiving a visit from the Saudi Human Rights Commission.

On 17 September 2019, human rights defender Raif Badawi began an open-ended hunger strike over the intensifying mistreatment and worsening detention conditions he is facing.  Most recently, prison officials confiscated his books and important medicine.

Location 
HRD or Organization 
Open Case
29 January 2019

On 28 January 2020 the Criminal Court of Kuwait dropped some of the charges against human rights defender Abdullah Al-Fadhli and decided to refrain from pronouncing punishment in relation to the remaining charges. Following the payment of a fine he was released from prison.

HRD or Organization 
Open Case
22 July 2020

On July 25 2020, human rights defender Azimjan Askarov died in Kyrgyzstan at penal colony №47 where he had been transferred a day before for medical examination.

On 22 July 2020, Azimjan Askarov’s lawyer Valeryan Vakhitov visited the human rights defender in prison and reported that his health had deteriorated significantly.

HRD or Organization 
Open Case
11 March 2020

Land rights defenders Godfrey Ssebisolo, Erias Wanjala and Fred Mwawula reported that on 12 March their houses, located in Kisalanda village, were bulldozed by Great Season Company Limited. The defenders further reported that company agents made death threats against their families and refused to explain why the houses were being destroyed.

HRD or Organization 
Open Case
12 March 2020

Land rights defenders Godfrey Ssebisolo, Erias Wanjala and Fred Mwawula reported that on 12 March their houses, located in Kisalanda village, were bulldozed by Great Season Company Limited. The defenders further reported that company agents made death threats against their families and refused to explain why the houses were being destroyed. The demolition took place on the same day the defenders were released on bail following their arrest two weeks earlier. 

Rights 
HRD or Organization 

Pages