Front Line Defenders has learned with great sadness of the death of human rights defender Rafiq Hajat, who passed on 13 September 2021 of a heart attack. Despite the personal risks, Rafiq Hajat dedicated 20 years of his life to peacefully defending human rights in Malawi.
On 22 September 2016, human rights defenders Svetlana Gannushkina (Russian Federation) and Mozn Hassan (Egypt) were awarded The Right Livelihood Award. The other two recipients were The White Helmets (a volunteer rescue group in Syria) and Turkey's independent "Cumhuriyet" newspaper.
Front Line Defenders is extremely saddened and would like to express its deep condolences for the sudden death of renowned human rights defender from the Philippines, Mr. Max de Mesa, on 28 September 2016.
Yolanda Baranco Hernández nunca olvidará la mañana del 18 de mayo de 2013. Primero escuchó un estruendo, siete hombres, que portaban armas de grueso calibre, derribaron la puerta de su hogar. Buscaban a Damián Gallardo Martínez, su esposo. No presentaron orden judicial, solo dijeron que debían arrestarle y se lo llevaron.
In light of unprecedented attacks on human rights defenders, Andrew Anderson of Front Line Defenders argues for increased direct support to human rights defenders working at the local and national levels, flexibility in funding, and a greater focus on core, multi-year support.
Between 4-5 September the leaders of 19 of the world’s largest economies and representatives from the European Union meet in Hangzhou in eastern China to discuss global financial stability and international economic policy. It is the first time that China is hosting a G20 Summit and it is another opportunity for it to announce its arrival on the world stage. Millions of dollars are being spent to ensure the city is picture-postcard perfect for the arrival of the dignitaries.
La mirada de la compañera Sebastiana es triste, desde hace más de cinco meses exige a las autoridades estatales y federales la presentación con vida de su esposo Fidencio Gómez Sántiz.
Sebastiana Pérez Hernández es una mujer de 45 años de edad. Madre de dos hijos, menores de edad. Ella es hablante de la lengua tzeltal, vive en el ejido Las Perlas, municipio de Ocosingo, Chiapas. Es integrante del Frente Nacional de Lucha por el Socialismo (FNLS).
On July 12-13, 2016, the annual EU-China Summit will take place in Beijing. After two weeks of Brexit-induced European turmoil, China is likely to see this as an opportunity to take advantage of the EU’s member states for better trade deals.