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HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AT RISK

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Foundation of the Victims of Abduction and Forced Disappearance
2015/01/23

The Ministry of Social Solidarity has denied registration of the Foundation of the Victims of Abduction and Forced Disappearance (FVAFD) under Egyptian Associations Law (Law 84 of 2002). Although the Ministry failed to provide official reasons for denying the...

Movimiento de Victimas de Crimenes de Estado
2015/01/23

Human rights defenders and members of Movimiento de Victimas de Crimenes de Estado – MOVICE (Movement of Victims of State Crimes) and its partner organisations in the Departments of Atlántico, Sucre and Magdalena Medio have received a number of death...

Bob Rugurika
2015/01/23

On 22 January 2015, human rights defender and journalist Mr Bob Rugurika was transferred to Muramvya Prison and reportedly placed in isolation. The transfer comes one day after he was arrested by the Burundian authorities and detained in Central Prison of...

2015/01/23

On 20 January 2015, a new charge was brought against human rights defenders Ms Daw Naw Ohn Hla, Ms Daw Sein Htwe, Ms Daw San San Win (also known as “Lay Lay”) and Messrs Ko Nay Myo Zin, Ko Tin Htut Paing and Ko Thant Zin....

Nebeel Rajab outside his house with tear gas cannister
2015/01/20

Today leading Bahraini human rights defender and founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to 6 months in prison for a tweet in which he allegedly insulted the King. This is just the latest in a series of trials in which the human...

2015/01/16

On 5 January 2015, the body of human rights defender Mr Juan Francisco Martínez was found in the village of Tapuyman in the Santa Elena Municipality of La Paz. The human rights defender, whose...

2015/01/16

On 13 January 2015, the Dushanbe City Court convicted human rights lawyer Mr Shukhrat Kudratov to nine years' imprisonment in a strict regime penal colony on charges of fraud and bribery. The human...

2015/01/16

On 13 January 2015, Pervomayskiy District Court in Minsk ruled to uphold the previous decision of the Office for Migration and Citizenship of Pervomayskiy District Police Department cancelling the residence permit of human rights defender Ms...

Jailed anti slavery campaigner Biram Dah Abeid with President Michael D Higgins
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...

Arie Aragón
2015/01/14

On 8 January 2015, at approximately 7:25 pm, Mr Jesús Enrique Andrade, driver of Mr Arie Aragón, the President of the Unidad de Organizaciones Afro Caucanas – UOAFROC (Unit of Afro-Caucanian Organisations), was the victim of an attempted...

Esraa Abdel Fattah
2015/01/14

On the morning of 13 January 2015, police officers at Cairo International Airport stopped human rights defender Ms Esraa Abdel Fattah from boarding a flight to Germany, and informed her that this was due to a judicial travel ban issued against her. Esraa...

2015/01/13

On Wednesday 14 January, Front Line Defenders launched its 2015 Annual Report, “Human Rights Defenders, Lives in the Balance” which examines in detail the deteriorating situation for human rights defenders (HRDs) around the world, in the period January – December...

2015/01/13

On 12 January 2015, the Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh increased the sentence against human rights defender Mr Waleed Abu Al-Khair to 15 years' imprisonment. On 6 July 2014, the human...

2015/01/9

On 9 January 2015, human rights defender Mr Raif Badawi was lashed publicly in front of Al Juffali Mosque in Jeddah after Friday prayers. He received 50 lashes, and will be subjected to 50 more on...

2015/01/9

Human rights defender Mr Mohamed Al Fazari remains restricted from travelling since 22 December 2014. Mohamed Al Fazari was stopped at Muscat International Airport by security authorities...

2015/01/7

On 3 March 2015, human rights defenders Mr Gacheke Gachihi, Mr Wilfred Olal, Mr John Koome, Mr Kenneth Kirimi, Mr Francis Sakwa, Mr Denis Ouma, Mr Okello Odhiambo and Mr Denis Okota, will face their first hearing before the Court on charges of “taking part in...

Guo Yushan
2015/01/6

On 3 January 2015 human rights defender Mr Guo Yushan was formally arrested on charges of “illegal business activity” in Beijing. The human rights defender is being held in Beijing No.1...

Biram Dah Abeid in front of statue of Daniel O'Connell - The Liberator
2015/01/5

24 December 2014 marked the opening of the trial of human rights defender Mr Biram Dah Abeid and his co-detainees at the tribunal of Rosso. After five days of pleadings by the defence lawyers, the...

2015/01/2

On 31 December 2014, the Lower Criminal Court in Bahrain sentenced prominent human rights defender Mr Mohammed Al-Maskati to six months in prison for illegal assembly. He is currently out of...