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.

Anna Politkovskaya: Killed for Speaking Out In Russiaposted on: 2015/10/07

On the nine year anniversary of her murder, Front Line Defenders honours Russian human rights defender Anna Politkovskaya.

Syria: Disclose Whereabouts of Detained Freedom of Expression Advocateposted on: 2015/10/07

Syria’s authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts of Bassel Khartabil, a software developer and defender of freedom of expression, 31 organizations said today.

Joint Statement Urging the Release of Human Rights Lawyer Khalil Ma’touqposted on: 2015/10/07

On the third anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Syrian human rights lawyer Khalil Ma’touq and his assistant and friend Mohamed Zaza, the undersigned organisations are reiterating their call for the two men’s immediate and unconditional release.

Statement on Morocco Delivered at 30th Session of UN Human Rights Councilposted on: 2015/10/06

Front Line Defenders supported an intervention on behalf of human rights defenders in Morocco at the 30th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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.