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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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.

Tep Vanny blocked by riot police during protest. Vanny is one of 7 sentenced

On 11 November 2014, seven women land rights defenders Ms Tep Vanny, Ms Nget Khun, Ms Song Sreyleap, Ms Kong Chantha, Ms Pan Chunreth, Ms Bop Chorvy and Ms Nong...


On 11 November 2014, human rights defender Mr. Biram Dah Abeid and at least eight other anti-slavery campaigners were arrested by police and are currently being arbitrarily detained.


Human rights defender Ms Souad Al- Shammary spent a second week in detention since she was arrested on 28 October 2014, while attending an interrogation session at the Bureau of Investigation in Jeddah.