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.

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.

Egypt: HRD Hossam bahgat posts statement on detention and interrogationposted on: 2015/11/11

Human rights defender Hossam Bahgat published a statement on his Facebook page documenting his three-day detention by military intelligence and interrogation by military prosecution.

Russia: Human rights defender Evgeny Vitishko conditionally releasedposted on: 2015/11/10

On 10 November 2015, Kirsanov Court of Tambov Region accepted the petition to conditionally release human rights defender Evgeny Vitishko. He has been detained since February 2014 and is expected to be conditionally released in 10 days.

Egypt: Hossam Bahgat released, unclear if charges still pendingposted on: 2015/11/10

Human rights defender Hossam Bahgat was released from military intelligence on Tuesday, 10 November 2015.

Address by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to the 8th Annual Dublin Platformposted on: 2015/11/05

It is an honour and a privilege to address this eighth Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders.

One year into my mandate as High Commissioner for Human Rights, I am profoundly grateful for your work to undo the misery, desperation, hatred and cruelty that humankind inflicts upon itself.