Blogs from the Front Line

Blaming the Victims in Guatemala

Following the publication of my recent Opinion Piece in The Irish Times regarding the humanitarian crisis of undocumented children arriving in the United States from Central America, a reader wrote to me questioning some of the basic facts.

Seeking Justice at the BRICS – Can Brazil Lead?

On 15 July, the 6th BRICS Summit will open in Brazil. The timing, in many ways, could not be more important for each of the 5 countries involved.

Lies and Obfuscation - the legal system in Saudi Arabia

In the space of three days last week two prominent human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia received harsh prison sentences. To any reasonable person it seems incredible that the mere fact of demanding political reform and democratic change or simply monitoring the human rights situation in your country could be construed as taking part in a plot to overthrow the state.

Tiananmen 25: More than a Symbolic Legacy

(Visit the China campaign site for more interviews with Tiananmen student leaders)

Twenty five years ago today, the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) demonstrated the extent to which it would go in order to face down any challenges to its power or legitimacy.

Failure at Launch – Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe

Just when we needed the Council of Europe to stand strong for human rights, Azerbaijan is due to bring its hackneyed brand of authoritarian repression to the role of Chairman.

Argentina and the issue of impunity

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 human rights.

As Afghanistan goes to the polls on Saturday what prospect for women's rights

As Afghanistan prepares to go to the polls on Saturday for Presidential and provincial elections, many women are concerned that the progress they have struggled to make over the past number of years may be traded away in the name of reconciliation in the political negotiations prior to the withdrawal of international forces at the end of this year.

Uganda - Betrayal of Trust

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A LEADER?

Someone to lead, inspire and guide us. Someone whose focus is on the greater good of all, yet who will at the same time strive to protect the rights and the interests of even the poorest and most marginalised among us.

Slim victory for LGBT rights in Uganda

President Museveni may be congratulating himself on the basis that having refused to sign the Anti Homosexuality Bill into law he can somehow position himself as a champion of human rights in Uganda. At the same time we in the international human rights community may be feeling that we have scored some kind of victory.

“I believe we were put here to improve civilisation” Seamus Heaney RIP

I am so very sad to hear of the death of Seamus Heaney. This giant of a man had a profound understanding of how human rights were enmeshed in and inseparable from daily living.

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05/Sep/2013
When we think of cities in the United States we often think of a fast paced life, with lots of people, traffic, noise etc. Not so for NOLA, or New Orleans, Louisiana. The Big Easy comes with a laid back attitude and a quietness that I wasn't - Read more ...
03/Sep/2013
Three years after the earthquake hit Haiti, it is striking that nearly 360,000 people still live in camps, despite the billions thrown into the country. Talking to people here, the resentment against 'internationals' is tangible, many speaking of a - Read more ...
30/Aug/2013
Liu Dejun is a Chinese human rights defender who began his human rights works by educating migrant workers in a factory in Guangzhou about their rights and Chinese labour laws. He was subsequently fired, after which he started to write essays about - Read more ...
29/Aug/2013
“The favela is bleeding,” André said, pulling his grey baseball cap down over his eyes and struggling to hold back tears. A small group of community activists were gathered in a bare-bones community center at the top of Chapéu Mangueira, a favela ( - Read more ...
28/Aug/2013
Liu Dejun is a Chinese human rights defender who began his human rights works by educating migrant workers in a factory in Guangzhou about their rights and Chinese labour laws. He was subsequently fired, after which he started to write essays about - Read more ...
28/Aug/2013
Last week Front Line Defenders Head of Communications, Jim Loughran, travelled to Guatemala for a meeting of national and international organisations meeting to discuss the deteriorating security situation for human rights defenders in the country. - Read more ...
26/Aug/2013
Liu Dejun is a Chinese human rights defender who began his human rights works by educating migrant workers in a factory in Guangzhou about their rights and Chinese labour laws.  He was subsequently fired, after which he started to write essays about - Read more ...
26/Aug/2013
Last week Front Line Defenders Head of Communications, Jim Loughran, travelled to Guatemala for a meeting of national and international organisations meeting to discuss the deteriorating security situation for human rights defenders in the country. - Read more ...
30/Jul/2013
With Parliamentary and Presidential elections due to take place in Zimbabwe tomorrow on the 31st of July, this blog by human rights defender Jestina Mukoko gives her account of the ongoing crackdown on dissent in the country. I was fully aware as - Read more ...
17/Jul/2013
Front Line Defenders recently organised a “Training of Trainers” for Asian human rights defenders (HRDs) in Bangkok with the aim of enabling the attendees to pass on their skills to the wider community of HRDs. This piece by Anne Rimmer gives - Read more ...
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