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.

Russia: two NGOs fined for violating “Foreign Agents” lawposted on: 2015/10/02

On 30 September 2015, two Russian NGOs, the Sakharov Center in Moscow and Green World in Nizhny Novgorod, were fined for failing to comply with the 2012 “Foreign Agents” law.

Update: Angola – Human rights defenders and youth activists waiting to be summoned amidst hunger strikeposted on: 2015/10/02

On 28 September 2015, the human rights defenders and youth activists arrested in Luanda in June 2015 were notified that the Prosecutor General had completed the investigation into their case.

Update: Ethiopia - Ongoing arbitrary detention of Omot Agwa Okwoy and fellow human rights defendersposted on: 2015/09/29

Mr Omot Agwa Okwoy and his fellow human rights defenders Messrs Ashinie Astin and Jamal Oumar Hojele have been arbitrary detained for over six months since their arrest on 15 March 2015.

Malaysia: Attack on LGBTI rights defender Nisha Ayub posted on: 2015/09/28

In the latest attack against the LGBTI community in Malaysia, on 10 September 2015, two unidentified men assaulted human rights defender and transgender activist Ms Nisha Ayub, while she was on her way to work.

Update: Cameroon – Human rights defenders released but case against them continuesposted on: 2015/09/28

On the evening of 23 September 2015 Jean Marc Bikoko and his fellow human rights defenders Ms Agnès Adelaide Metougou, Ms Ndjalla Epangue Yves, Ms Jessie Bikoko and his son Mr Lejuste Bikoko were released by order of the Court of First Instance.

While China postures on the international stage, women human rights defenders are routinely targeted posted on: 2015/09/25

On 27 September China will co-host with UN Women a “Global Leader's Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment” in New York. Chinese President Xi Jinping will address the gathering, as will Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon. The event will mark 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and is intended to place 'gender equality, women's rights and women's empowerment at the centre of the global agenda'.

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Update: India – Azimuddin Sarkar beaten and arbitrarily detained by policeposted on: 2015/09/24

On 22 September 2015, a group of plain-clothes police officers from Islampur police station seized human rights defender Mr Azimuddin Sarkar.

Update: Egypt – Yara Sallam and Sanaa Seif releasedposted on: 2015/09/24

On 23 September 2015 human rights defenders Ms Yara Sallam and Ms Sanaa Seif were released following a presidential pardon of 165 prisoners, including minors, the majority of whom had been sentenced as a result of their peaceful participation in demonstrations in 2014.

Egypt - Release of human rights defender Yara Sallam posted on: 2015/09/23

Front Line Defenders welcomes the announcement in Cairo today that President El-Sisi has pardoned 165 people - many of them young protesters - jailed for taking part in illegal demonstrations or for having committed other misdemeanours.

Open letter - Challenging the femicide of women human rights defenders posted on: 2015/09/23

Between 2010 and 2015, 34 women human rights defenders have been killed in Mexico. Several organisations and networks - including Front Line Defenders - have signed an open letter to express their condemnation of the feminicide of woman human rights defender Nadia Dominique Vera Perez and the murder of photojournalist Ruben Bonilla Espinosa, who were killed on 31 July 2015 in Mexico City, as well as the feminicide of Yesenia Quiroz Alfaro, Mile Virginia Martin and Alejandra Negrete, who were assassinated a few days later.

Colombia: Joint Declaration by International Organisations Expressing Concern on the 5th anniversary of the detention of David Rabelo Crespo.posted on: 2015/09/23

On 14 September 2010, renowned human rights defender David Ravelo Crespo was detained. On the fifth anniversary of his detention, several international organisations including Front Line Defenders have issued a joint declaration, to express serious concerns about a series of irregularities with the proceedings of the trial which resulted in his conviction and sentencing to 220 months in prison.

Update: Egypt – Sentence against Mahienour El-Masry, Youssef Shabaan and Loay Mohamed Abdel Rahman upheldposted on: 2015/09/23

On 20 September 2015 El Raml Misdemeanour Court of Appeal in Alexandria upheld the sentence against Ms Mahienour El-Masry, Mr Youssef Shabaan, and Mr Loay Mohamed Abdel Rahman.