Front Line Defenders is the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. We work to provide fast and effective action to help protect human rights defenders at risk so they can continue their work as key agents of social change.


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Mr Martín Solís Bustamante

Environmental rights defender, Mr Martín Solís Bustamante, has been forced to temporarily leave the state of Chihuahua as a result of renewed threats against him. The director of El Barzón Chihuahua, the state branch of El Barzón, a national...

Mr Venerable Luon Sovath

November 22, 2014 – We, the undersigned 16 endorsing non-governmental organizations, urge the Cambodian authorities to drop the charges against renowned human rights defender Venerable Luon Sovath. He is facing trial on 25 November 2014 in a flawed and protracted...

Ms Lena Klimova

On 18 November 2014, the Russian Federation's Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) filed an administrative case against LGBTI rights defender Ms ...

Ms Sor Rattanamanee Polkla

On 11 November 2014, military officers, along with a number of police officers, interrupted a private meeting between Ms Sor Rattanamanee Polkla, a human rights lawyer from the Community Resources Centre (CRC), and members of local communities in Udon...


On 17 November 2014, human rights defender Mr Boniface Umpula Nyembo was provisionally released by the Prosecutor General of Lubumbashi, upon payment of approximately 150 USD.

Mr Biram Dah Abeid

On 14 November 2014, Mr Biram Dah Abeid and several other human rights defenders were charged by the investigative magistrate in Rosso. Eight of them have been sent to prison while two others have been released on probation.


On Thursday, 20 November 2014, human rights defender and prominent trade unionist Mr Mahmoud Rehan will face trial before Al Nozha Misdemeanours Court on charges including “insulting the President” and “spreading false rumours” on Facebook. He has been...

Mi Chongbiao

On 19 November 2014, the arbitrary detention of human rights defender Mr Mi Chongbiao and his wife, Ms Li Kezhen, will enter its eighteenth month.


On 10 November 2014, human rights defender Mr Boniface Umpula Nyembo was arrested on orders from the Prosecutor General of Lubumbashi. He was held in detention on false accusations after having taken part in the release of a press release made public by a...


On Thursday, 6 November 2014, Ibn Rochd Center for Studies and Communication announced that it will cease its activities as of 31 December 2014 as a prelude to shutting-down completely by 31 January 2015.