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.

China: Human Rights Defender Guo Feixiong responds to his 6 year sentenceposted on: 2015/12/01

Front Line Defenders received the following "final response" from human rights defender Guo Feixiong on the day of his sentencing to 6 years in prison.

Update - Malaysia: Upcoming trial of human rights defender Lena Hendryposted on: 2015/11/30

On 14 December 2015, human rights defender Ms Lena Hendry is due to appear at Magistrate Court in Kuala Lumpur.

Update: Bahrain – Prison sentence against Ghada Jamsheer upheldposted on: 2015/11/27

On 26 November 2015 the Bahrain High Court of Appeal upheld the sentence to one year imprisonment, suspended for three years, issued in May 2015 against human rights defender Ms Ghada Jamsheer.

Roll call of shame – 14 members of the United Nations vote against the General Assembly resolution on human rights defenders while another 40 abstain. posted on: 2015/11/27

On 25 November 2015, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution on recognising the role of human rights defenders and the need for their protection.

Update: Uganda - Court case against human rights defender Justus Orishaba Bagamuhunda dismissedposted on: 2015/11/25

On 24 November 2015, the case against human rights defender Mr Justus Orishaba Bagamuhunda was dismissed by the Magistrate Court in Kabale.


Front Lines Defenders joins other NGOs and human rights defenders calling on member states of the United Nations General Assembly to support the draft resolution on recognizing the role of human rights defenders and the need for their protection.

Update: Peru – Break-in and destruction of property of human rights defender Máxima Acuña de Chaupe posted on: 2015/11/20

On 16 November 2015, unidentified persons who are believed to work for the Yanacocha Mining Company trespassed onto the land of human rights defender Ms Máxima Acuña de Chaupe.

Bahrain: European Parliament urges Bahrain’s King to lift Nabeel Rajab’s travel ban and drop chargesposted on: 2015/11/20

On 19 November 2015, Member of the European Parliament Mr. Pier Antonio Panzeri, together with 80 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), issued a letter to Bahrain’s King Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, calling on the Bahraini government to immediately lift the travel ban and drop all charges against human rights defender Nabeel Rajab.

Syria: Fears for Life of Free Expression Advocate Bassel Khartabil, in Undisclosed Location, May Face Death Sentenceposted on: 2015/11/20

JOINT STATEMENT: Bassel Khartabil, a defender of freedom expression being held in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance may be facing a death sentence, 36 local and international organizations said today.

Bangladesh: Parliament recommends to terminate Transparency International Bangladesh's registrationposted on: 2015/11/20

On 18 November 2015, the parliamentary standing committee on law recommended to terminate the registration of Transparency Internationals Bangladesh (TIB), due to apparent derogatory comments it made about the parliament.

Update – China/Thailand: Thai authorities deport human rights defenders with refugee status back to Chinaposted on: 2015/11/18

On 13 November 2015, Thai authorities in Bangkok deported two human rights defenders, Dong Guangping and Jiang Yefei, back to China. They were recognised as refugees by UNHCR.

Update: Cuba – Human rights defenders arrested during Papal visit released but charges remain pendingposted on: 2015/11/16

On 9 November 2015 human rights defenders arrested during the Pope's recent visit to Cuba were released from preventive detention but charges of contempt, public disorder and resistance remain pending.

Update: Bahrain - Upcoming verdict in the case against Mohammed Al-Maskatiposted on: 2015/11/12

A verdict by the Court of Appeals in the case against human rights defender Mr Mohammed Al-Maskati is scheduled for 22 December 2015.