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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John Mulingwa

At approximately 12:30 am on 1 March 2015, human rights defender Mr John Mulingwa received an anonymous threatening call warning him to stop his investigation into an alleged extra-judicial killing or risk his life.

Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH)

On 17 March 2015, human rights defenders Ms Marie Daunay and Mr Wadih Al-Asmar will appear before the Court of Publications at the Baadba Palace of Justice on charges relating to “defamation and false accusation”. If convicted, they face the...

Abdul Qadeer Baloch

On 4 March 2015, human rights defender Mr Abdul Qadeer Baloch, also known as Mama Qadeer, was informed of a travel ban imposed against him. The human rights defender was attempting to travel to a human rights seminar in the United States with other...

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Front Line Defenders joined 12 other organisations in publishing a joint statement calling on the United Arabe Emirates (UAE) government to release activists jailed following the mass "UAE 94" trial.

Jury announces the Finalists for the 2015 Front Line Defenders Award

On Wednesday 4 March the Jury for the 2015 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk announced the 5 finalists for this year's Award, all of whom are either in jail, in hiding or face the threat of jail because of their peaceful work defending...


As members of the European Parliament Human Rights and Democracy Group gather today in Brussels to discuss how the Parliament can better support human rights defenders at risk, Front Line Defenders highlights the growing backlash against human rights defenders...

Abdallah Abu Rahma

On 23 February 2015, human rights defender Mr Abdallah Abu Rahma was sentenced by the Ofer Israeli Military Court to four months imprisonment, suspended, and 5,000 Israeli Shekel (approximately €1,126). He had been...

Biram Dah Abeid

On 26 February 2015, human rights defenders Messrs Biram Dah Abeid, Brahim Ramdhane Bilal et Djiby Sow ended a hunger strike in Aleg prison begun three days before. The human rights defenders had called for their...

Wilfred Mukonyezi

On 23 February 2015, human rights journalist Mr Wilfred Mukonyezi recorded a statement at a police station in Fort Portal, Western Uganda, requesting a criminal investigation into the attempted break-in at his home the previous night.

Human Rights Defenders Alert - India

In the morning of 26 February 2015, human rights defender Mr Kalimuthu Kandhasamy was remanded to judicial custody after having been arbitrarily arrested at his home in Kavarangulam, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, at approximately 7:15 pm the evening before.