Front Line News Archive

Russian Federation – The burning of the office of the Joint Mobile Group in Grozny after threats and an attempted attack on human rights defenders working in Chechnyaposted on: 2014/12/13

Today, on 14 December 2014, at around 1 p.m. several armed men entered the apartment of the Joint Mobile Group located next to their burned office. They refused to identify themselves but later said they were from Leninsky district police department of Grozny. They forcibly searched the premises and two members of the JMG, Sergey Babinets and Dmitry Dimitriev. They had no warrant and provided no explanations except pointing out that Babinets is suspicious "because he has a beard." The policemen seized the mobile phones of the human rights defenders leaving them out of connection and without legal representation for around one hour and a half. Two computers of the JMG and CCTV cameras have been also seized. The human rights defenders were released at approximatively 2.30 pm.

On 13 December 2014, three unidentified armed men tried to enter the office of the Joint Mobile Group in Grozny. This followed a demonstration against the Joint Mobile Group and its head Igor Kalyapin which took place in Grozny that morning.

Venezuela: President makes hostile statements against human rights organisation Proveaposted on: 2015/08/28

On 21 August 2015, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro appeared on national television and made hostile statements agsinst human rights organisation Programa Venezolano de Educación Acción en Derechos Humanos – PROVEA, (Venezuelan Programme for Education and Action in Human Rights), in which he labelled them a right-wing political organisation, financed by the United States government.

Update: Guatemala – Hearing in case of detained human rights defender Bernardo Ermitaño López Reyes postponed indefinitelyposted on: 2015/08/28

A hearing which was due to take place on 24 August 2015 in the case of human
rights defender Mr Bernardo Ermitaño López Reyes has been postponed. No further dates have been proposed, while the human rights defender remains in detention in Huehuetenango.

Update: Somaliland – Criminal case against Guleid Ahmed Jama closedposted on: 2015/08/28

On 26 August 2015 Hargeisa Regional Court issued a ruling closing the criminal case against human rights defender Mr Guleid Ahmed Jama. The Attorney General has a right to appeal this decision within 15 days.

Update: Azerbaijan – Supreme Court upholds judgement against Anar Mammadliposted on: 2015/08/27

On 26 August 2015, the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan upheld the sentence of five and a half years in prison against human rights defender Mr Anar Mammadli.

Update: Morocco – Interrogation of Hicham Mansouriposted on: 2015/08/27

On 25 August 2015, human rights defender Mr Hicham Mansouri was taken to Casablanca by the National Brigade for the Judicial Police (BNPJ), where he was interrogated regarding his involvement in media and human rights activities.

Update: Ecuador - Human rights defender Manuela Picq leaves Ecuador after visa application is deniedposted on: 2015/08/26

On 21 August 2015 after her application to reinstate her visa was denied, human rights defender Ms Manuela Picq's took the decision to leave Ecuador.

Commissioner for Human Rights Calls on Russia to Suspend Law on Foreign Agentsposted on: 2015/08/26

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights reiterates his call to bring Russian NGO legislation in line with international standards and to cease the persecution of legitimate and peaceful Russian organizations.

Mexico: Two break-ins at the offices of SIPAZposted on: 2015/08/26

An international organization that accompanies and supports human rights defenders in Mexico reported two break-ins at their offices in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas between 14 and 18 August 2015.

Update: Oman – Human rights defenders and internet activists releasedposted on: 2015/08/25

On 24 August 2015 the Internal Security Service released human rights defenders Mr Muktar Al-Hanai, Mr Salih Al-Azri, Mr Ali Al-Muqbali and Mr Talib Al-Saedi without charges.

Update: Ecuador – Conditional release of human rights defender Margoth Escobarposted on: 2015/08/25

On 21 August 2015, following a judicial hearing at approximately 1:30 am, 61-year-old human rights defender Ms Margoth Escobar was conditionally released after eight days in preventive detention.

Update: Thailand - Charges against Surapan Rujichaiwatposted on: 2015/08/24

On 20 August 2015, the Mae Sod Provincial Court held a preliminary hearing in the case against human rights defender Mr Surapan Rujichaiwat and issued a trial order against him.

Update: Uzbekistan - Court upholds decision against human rights defender posted on: 2015/08/24

On 18 August 2015, the Tashkent City Court upheld the decision of the Shajhantahurskij Regional Court of Common Pleas, which had declared human rights defender Mr Shukhrat Rustamov 'mentally incompetent'. He faces an immediate risk of being forcibly placed in a psychiatric clinic.

Update: Azerbaijan - Prosecutor seeks 9 year sentence for human rights journalistposted on: 2015/08/21

On 21 August 2015, during the trial of human rights journalist Ms Khadija Ismail at the Baku Court of Serious Crimes, the State Prosecutor Mr Ramazan Hadiyev recommended that the Court sentence her to 9 years in prison.

Mauritania Upholds Two Year Prison Sentence for Anti-Slavery Human Rights Defendersposted on: 2015/08/21

A Mauritanian court has upheld a two-year prison sentence against the country’s most vocal anti-slavery campaigner, Biram Dah Abeid.