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The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders is a unique collaboration among ten of the world’s leading human rights organizations, including Front Line Defenders, to give protection to human rights defenders worldwide.

Preliminary hearing against Anar Mammadli

On 21 April 2014, the Baku Court of Grave Crimes held a preliminary hearing on the case of human rights defender Mr Anar Mammadli.

Banner:“Strongly demand the release of Ding Jiaxi and Zhao Changqing—not guilty"

On 18 April 2014, human rights defenders Messrs Ding Jiaxi and Zhao Changqing were sentenced to 3.5 years and 2.5 years' imprisonment respectively, while Messrs Li Wei and Zhang Baocheng were both given prison sentences of 2 years.

Fadel Al-Manasef has been sentenced to 15 years in prison

On 17 April 2014, the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced human rights defender Mr Fadel Al-Manasef to 15 years' imprisonment, issued a travel ban against him for 15 years and fined him SAR100,000 (€19,300).

Abu Bakar Siddique has been released from detention

On 17 April 2014, Mr Abu Bakar Siddique, husband of Syeda Rizwana Hasan, a renowned environmental rights defender, was released by his abductors in Ansar Camp in Mirpur, Dhaka.

Map of Cameroon

On April 15 2014, the Archbishop of Bamenda Cornelius Fontem Esua announced the Archdiocese's withdrawal from the disputed lands of Mamada Hills in Cameroon. This announcement comes a few weeks after the release of Mbororo rights defenders Mr Mallam Yunusa...

"Nunca Más" (Never Again) - Source:

As Front Line Defenders launches a new documentary, Memory, Truth & Justice, on the struggle for justice by HRDs and families of the disappeared in Argentina, Mary Lawlor looks at just why these cases are so important to the current struggle for...

Waleed Abu Al-Khair has been placed in detention

On 15 April 2014, prominent Saudi Arabian human rights defender Mr Waleed Abu Al-Khair was arbitrarily detained, while at the premises of the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh.

Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja has been in prison since 2011

In a recent article in the respected Middle East web publication Al Monitor, Sarah Bin Ashoor published an article on Bahrain which severely distorted the facts of the situation. Front...

"Don't Talk!" Soviet propaganda poster

As the political crisis in Ukraine continues to escalate, an equally sinister, if less militaristic, narrative is unfolding in the Russian Federation which may have serious long-term consequences for the future of human rights and the work of human rights defenders...