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HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AT RISK

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Gunay Ismayilova
2015/01/28

On 26 January 2014, Ms Gunay Ismayilova was physically attacked by an unknown man when entering her apartment building.

2015/01/28

On 27 January 2015, human rights defender Mr Saed Jadad was transferred from the Military Hospital in Salalah to Muscat to attend his first hearing in his trial before the Court of First Instance in...

2015/01/28

On 28 January 2015 human rights defender Mr Huang Kaiping returned to his home in Beijing, following a period of over three months' enforced disappearance.

Lena Klimova
2015/01/27

On 23 January 2015, Dzerzhinky District Court of Nizhny Tagil condemned Ms Lena Klimova to an administrative fine of 50,000 rubles (approximatively €650) for “propagating non-traditional sexual...

2015/01/27

On 23 January 2015, human rights defender Mr Gerald Kankya and his colleague Mr Simon Amanyire were beaten by a group of approximately 30 men in Fort Portal, in an attack reportedly coordinated by a local police commander. The attackers attempted to...

Saed Jadad
2015/01/27

On 21 January 2015, human rights defender Mr Saed Jadad was arrested and placed in incommunicado detention. Reportedly, no warrant was provided at the time of the arrest. His whereabouts remain...

Carlos Alberto Pedraza Salcedo
2015/01/27

On 21 January 2015, the body of human rights defender Mr Carlos Alberto Pedraza Salcedo was discovered by members of the judicial police in an uninhabited area of San Bartolomé, Gachancipá Municipality, in the department of Cudinamarca. Carlos Alberto Pedraza...

Tep Vanny
2015/01/27

On 26 January 2015, the Court of Appeal upheld the convictions – with slightly reduced sentences – in two cases against 10 women land rights rights defenders, namely Ms Tep Vanny, Ms Nget Khun,...

2015/01/26

On 14 January 2015, at approximately 4 p.m., seven masked men in black entered the offices of Human Rights Centre “Memorial” in Gudermes, Chechnya, and attacked human rights defenders Ms Lilia Yusupova and Ms Elza Shukueva and, throwing eggs at them and...

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....

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 sentenced 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...

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...

2015/01/28

On 27 January 2015, human rights defender Mr Nawaf Al Hendal was informed that an arrest warrant had reportedly been issued against him by the the State Security Apparatus at the Ministry of the Interior, allegedly for charges under article 4 of the Act (31)...