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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Rebecca Masika Katsuva

They called her Mama Masika. Members of her community, residents of a village in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman, knew Rebecca Masika Katsuva as a town mother.


On 3 February 2016, human rights defender Mr Awni Abu Shamsiyya, son of human rights defender Mr Emad Abu Shamsiyya, was arrested alongside youth activist Mr Nizar Silhab Al-tamimi.

Jelili Atiku

On 1 February 2016, the Magistrate's Court of Ejigbo initiated judicial proceedings against human rights defender and artist Mr Jelili Atiku and adjourned his trial to 7 March 2016.


On 30 January 2016, three days after after being shot, human rights defender Ms Teresita Navacilla died in a hospital in Tagum City, in the Southern Mindanao region of the Philippines. Her assailants have not been identified yet.

Teresita Navacilla was...

Sirikan Charoensiri

On 2 February 2016, human rights defender Ms Sirikan Charoensiri received a summons ordering her to report to Chanasongkram Police Station in Bangkok on 9 February 2016.

Ermek Narymbaev

On 5 February 2016, detained human rights defender Mr Ermek Narymbaev began his 19th day on hunger strike in protest against his conviction on 22 January 2016.


On 29 January 2016, unknown assailants carried out an arson attack at the home of human rights defenders Ms Ana Miriam Romero and Mr Rosario Vasquez Pineda.

David Calleb Otieno

On 2 February 2016, human rights defenders Messrs David Calleb Otieno, Wilfred Olal and Ferdinand Manirerekana received death threats via text messages to their mobile phones.

Gamal Eid

On 4 February 2016, Egyptian security at Cairo International Airport prevented human rights defender Mr Gamal Eid from travelling to Athens, Greece, on a business trip.


In the evening of 24 January 2016, Paola Barraza's heard voices outside her home calling to her. When she opened the door, a group of men shot her five times. She died shortly after as a result of her wounds.