Human rights defender

Remembering Sabeen Mahmud

In May 2013, I went to Pakistan to meet human rights defenders. It was my first time in Pakistan and I found it a very complex country. We were very fortunate though that Sabeen Mahmud allowed us to use her space cafe T2F to meet human rights defenders and hear about the threats that they faced.

Sudan - where calling for the rule of citizenship and democracy constitutes waging war on the state

Sudanese human right defender Amin Mekki Medani is 76 years old and his health is critical. Despite this he is standing trial in Khartoum on charges of “waging war against the state” and “undermining the constitutional system” both of which carry the death penalty.

Mauritania: UPDATE – Sentencing of human rights defenders Messrs Biram Dah Abeid, Brahim Bilal Ramdhane and Djiby Sow to two years' imprisonmentposted on: 2015/01/15

On 15 January 2015, human rights defenders Messers Biram Dah Abeid, Brahim Bilal Ramdhane and Djiby Sow were sentenced to two years' imprisonment for charges relating to their participation in a caravan of protest calling for the final abolition of slavery in Mauritania.

United States: Front Line Defenders welcomes the release of human rights defender Lynne Stewartposted on: 2014/01/02

The news that United States human rights defender Lynne Stewart has finally been released on compassionate grounds is a wonderful start to 2014. Ms. Stewart is best known for her defense of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind Egyptian cleric who was convicted in 1995 of conspiring to blow up landmarks in New York City.

Palestine: Death of distinguished psychiatrist and human rights defender Dr Eyad El-Serrajposted on: 2013/12/18

Front Line Defenders is deeply saddened by the death of Dr Eyad El-Sarraj, Palestinian psychiatrist and human rights defender. He was a staunch critic of both Israel and the Palestinian leadership and was imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority (PA) four times.

Zimbabwe: UPDATE - Acquittal of human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwaposted on: 2013/11/28

On 26 November 2013, human rights lawyer Ms Beatrice Mtetwa was acquitted of charge of “obstructing justice”. The charge against her relates to allegations that she used insulting language towards police officers and took photographs of them as they performed a search in March of this year.

Pakistan: Killing of human rights defender Ms Perveen Rehmanposted on: 2013/03/15

On 13 March 2013, human rights defender Ms Perveen Rehman was shot and killed by armed motorcyclists, close to her offices. Perveen Rehman was a social and economic rights defender, working with communities in the slums of Karachi.

Cambodia: UPDATE - Human rights defender Mr Mam Sonando to be releasedposted on: 2013/03/15

On 14 March 2013, the Court of Appeal ruled that jailed human rights defender Mr Mam Sonando is to be released on 16 March 2013, while his prison sentence was reduced to five years and suspended for eight months.

Egypt: 2 years in jail for human rights defender Mr Hassan Mustafaposted on: 2013/03/14

On 12 March 2013, Mansheya Misdemeanour Court in Alexandria sentenced prominent human rights defender Mr Hassan Mustafa to two years imprisonment on charges of allegedly assaulting a staff member of the Alexandria Prosecutor's Office, a charge which he strenuously denies.

Thailand: Update – Verdict in case of human rights defender Mr Somyot Prueksakasemsuk to be announced on 23 January 2013posted on: 2013/01/21

The verdict in the case of human rights defender and labour rights activist Mr Somyot Prueksakasemsuk is scheduled to be announced by Ratchadapisek Criminal Court on 23 January 2013 at 9am. The human rights defender has been in detention since 30 April 2011 and is charged with contravening Section 112 of the Criminal Code, which forbids defaming, insulting or threatening the royal family, commonly known as the lèse majesté law.