Venezuela: President makes hostile statements against human rights organisation Proveaposted on: 2015/08/28

On 21 August 2015, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro appeared on national television and made hostile statements agsinst human rights organisation Programa Venezolano de Educación Acción en Derechos Humanos – PROVEA, (Venezuelan Programme for Education and Action in Human Rights), in which he labelled them a right-wing political organisation, financed by the United States government.

High time to pull the plug on televised reprisals against rights defenders in Venezuelaposted on: 2015/07/23

GENEVA / WASHINGTON, DC (22 July 2015) – A group of United Nations and Inter-American human rights experts* deplored today the attempts to discredit and intimidate human rights defenders on Venezuela’s State-controlled television, in retaliation for their human rights activities and cooperation with UN and regional human rights bodies.

Russia - Human rights defender Konstantin Golava facing chargesposted on: 2015/05/18

On 14 May 2015, the bank accounts of human rights defender Mr Konstantin Golava were frozen following events of the 13 May 2015, in which investigators searched the premises of the human rights defender in Tolyatti, and summoned him for questioning on charges of extremism.

Update: Thailand – Court dismisses criminal defamation charges against Andy Hallposted on: 2014/10/30

On 29 October 2014 the Prakanong Court in Bangkok dismissed criminal defamation charges brought against human rights defender Mr Andy Hall by Natural Fruit Company Ltd, a pineapple exporting company.

HRDs in the Newsposted on: 2014/07/29

HRDs in the News is a regular news round-up which draws together news about human rights defenders (HRDs) who have been appearing in the world media.

Venezuela: Defamation and threats against human rights defender Ms Rocío San Miguelposted on: 2014/04/02

On 25 March 2014, the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, made defamatory statements on national television against human rights defender Ms Rocío San Miguel and accused her of being involved in an attempted coup d'etat.

Ukraine: Death threats and defamation campaign against human rights defender Ms Alexandra Dvoretskayaposted on: 2014/02/04

On 31 January 2014, human rights defender Ms Alexandra Dvoretskaya received a message on VKontakte, a social networking site, threatening her with death. The threat followed another incident the previous day, 30 January 2014, when dozens of defamatory posters were affixed to her door and throughout the apartment block where she lives in Simferopol.