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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"It is one thing to maintain the desire for justice. But many times, justice doesn't include equality in the treatment of women."

On 26 March 2015, Honduras' Tribunal of Tegucigalpa sentenced human rights defender Ms Gladys...


On Monday, 30 March, Dr. Sigrid Rausing will give the 3rd Annual Front Line Defenders lecture in association with University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin in the Royal Irish Academy on Dawson Street, Dublin 2 at 6.30pm.

Humberto Prado Sifontes

Over the last week a number of human rights defenders have reported being intimidated and followed upon returning to Venezuela from the United States. Since 20 March 2015 a number of prominent members of human rights organisations have been returning from Washington...


On 23 March 2015, Kuwaiti security forces arrested human rights defender Mr Nawaf Al Hendal in Al-Erada square while he was monitoring peaceful protests. Reportedly, security forces beat the human rights...


Human rights organisations in Colombia continue to face threats including the Movimiento de Victimas de Crimenes de EstadoMOVICE (Movement of Victims of State Crimes...


On 23 March 2014, the Second Instance Criminal Chamber at the Court of Appeal in Agadir upheld the sentence of human rights defender Mr Abdelkhalik Elmarkhi.

On 27 November 2014 he had been...

Photo: Ashoka Innovators for the Public

On 23 March 2015, legal representatives of human rights defender Ms Azza Soliman obtained information on the formal charges being brought against her. On 4 April 2015, Azza Soliman will face trial before the Abdeen Misdemeanour Court on charges including...


On 17 March 2015, Thulani Maseko wrote a letter from behind bars in Swaziland. Less than 48 hours later, prison authorities transferred the human rights defender and lawyer to solitary confinement, where he is due to remain for a further two weeks. He has been...

Ruki Fernando

21 March 2015 marked one year since restrictions were imposed on the freedom of expression and movement of human rights defender Mr Ruki Fernando, an adviser to INFORM, a human rights documentation...


Environmental rights defenders Messrs Sotero Adalberto Villatoro, Francisco Juan Pedro and Arturo Pablo Juan remain in detention following the postponement of the hearing of their challenge to their detention, originally scheduled for 6 March...

Gerald Kankya

On the morning of 24 March 2015, human rights defender Mr Gerald Kankya was arrested and remains in custody at the Fort Portal police station over unsubstantiated claims that he took part in the assault of a local radio journalist in February 2015.

Ghada Jamsheer

Human rights defender Ms Ghada Jamsheer was stopped at Bahrain International Airport on 14 March 2015 by security authorities and was informed that she was not permitted to travel as the Prosecutor General had ordered a travel ban...


Tomorrow, a Syrian court will hear the case of human rights defender Mazen Darwish, arrested over three years ago on charges of “promoting terrorist activities.”


Journalist and human rights defender Rafael Marques de Morais wrote a book, and for that, he could go to jail. His book, published in Portugal in 2011, alleges serious human rights violations committed by army generals and...

Naji Fateel

23 March 2015 marks the 13th day since human rights defender Mr Naji Fateel, detained in Jaw prison, has been held incommunicado. Authorities have refused to allow the human rights defender's family to visit or contact him and did not...