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On 29 October 2014, human rights defender Ms Ghada Jamsheer appeared in three court hearings on charges relating to defamation.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) rights defender Ms Diane Marie Rodríguez Zambrano is currently in hiding in a safe-house as a result of recent death threats against her.


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.


As technology and digital communications experts gather from all over the world for the 2014 Dublin Web Summit, Front Line Defenders is hosting a special panel discussion on “Tech in Conflict” to highlight the fact that online security is not just a communications...


On 23 October 2014, a group of around 30 people attacked the venue where the LGBTI Support Centre was holding a public event to celebrate its second anniversary.


On 27 October 2014, the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced three lawyers and human rights defenders, Mr Abdulrahman Al- Subaihi, Mr Bander Alnogaithan, and Mr Abdulrahman Al- Rumaih, to 5 to 8 years' imprisonment, travel bans and a...

Leyla Yunus

On 24 October 2014, Nasimi District Court in Baku ruled to extend the pre-trial detention of prominent human rights defenders Ms Leyla Yunus and Mr ...

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On 26 October 2014, Cairo Misdemeanours Court sentenced 23 human rights defenders and protesters, including Ms Yara Sallam and Ms Sanaa Seif...


On 24 October 2014, Burma's military forces reported that freelance journalist Mr Aung Kyaw Naing was killed while in detention on 4 October 2014.


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.