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.

WHRDIC condemns closure of women’s legal aid center in Chinaposted on: 2016/02/09

On 29 January, the Chinese government targeted for closure a renowned women’s legal aid center in Beijing.

Bahrain: trial of human rights defender Saeed Al Samahiji postponed until 17 February 2016posted on: 2016/02/08

Bahrain's Ninth Minor Criminal Court postponed the trial of human rights defender Dr Saeed Al Samahiji until 17 February 2016.

South Sudan: six months after his disappearance, whereabouts of Clement Lochio Lomornana still unknownposted on: 2016/02/08

On 6 August 2015, South Sudanese security forces arbitrarily detained human rights defender Mr Clement Lochio Lomornana. Six months later, his whereabouts are still unknown.

Remembering Rebecca Masika: hope never diesposted on: 2016/02/05

They called her Mama Masika. Members of her community, residents of a village in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman, knew Rebecca Masika Katsuva as a town mother.

LGBTI defenders in Honduras: doubly at riskposted on: 2016/02/03

In the evening of 24 January 2016, Paola Barraza's heard voices outside her home calling to her. When she opened the door, a group of men shot her five times. She died shortly after as a result of her wounds.

Update: China – Human rights defender Wang Qiushi released on bailposted on: 2016/02/03

On 1 February 2016, human rights lawyer Mr Wang Qiushi was released on bail. He was originally detained on 9 January 2016, after presenting himself to police in Beijing following a summons.

Egypt: Detention of human rights defender Dr Taher Mokhtar extended for 15 daysposted on: 2016/02/02

On 31 January, the public prosecution renewed the pre-trial detention of Dr Taher Mokhtar and his colleagues Mr Hossam Eldin Hammad and Mr Ahmed Hassan for 15 days pending investigation.

DRC: hearing on Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala's case postponedposted on: 2016/02/02

On 1 February 2016, the Supreme Court of Justice in Kinshasa postponed the hearing on the provisional release of human rights defenders Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala.

Update: China – Release on bail of workers' rights defender Zhu Xiaomeiposted on: 2016/02/02

On 1 February 2016, human rights defender Ms Zhu Xiaomei was released on bail following nearly two months in detention in Guangzhou, Guangdong province.

Update: China – Sentencing of human rights defenders Tang Jingling, Wang Qingying and Yuan Xintingposted on: 2016/01/29

On 29 January 2016, human rights defenders Messrs Tang Jingling, Wang Qingying and Yuan Xinting were sentenced to five, three and a half, and two and a half years in prison respectively.

Algeria: human rights defender Hassan Bouras releasedposted on: 2016/01/28

On 18 January 2016, human rights defender Hassan Bouras was released from El Bayadh prison, where he had been detained since October 2015. It is not clear yet if charges against him were dropped.

Update: DRC – Human rights defenders Juvin Kombi Narcisse and Pascal Byumanine denied bailposted on: 2016/01/28

On 25 January 2016, the High Court in Goma denied bail for human rights defenders Mr Juvin Kombi Narcisse and Mr Pascal Byumanine, stating that their release would jeopardize public order and security in the DRC.

Colombia: Killing of human rights defender Nelly Amayaposted on: 2016/01/27

On 16 January 2016, unidentified gunmen killed human rights defender Ms Nelly Amaya in her home town of San Calixto, in the department of Norte Santander.

Egypt - Prison sentence against Dr Ahmed Said and four other activists upheld posted on: 2016/01/27

On 27 January 2016, the Abdeen Misdemeanor Appeals Court in Cairo upheld the sentence of two years' imprisonment issued in December 2015 against human rights defender Dr Ahmed Said.