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Tawakkol Karmanposted on: 2011/11/02

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Human Rights in Yemen

Tawakkol Karman was named a Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2011 for her work in Yemen to promote human rights, women's rights and peaceful political change. She is the Director of Women Journalists Without Chains, an organization she founded in 2005. She is called "Mother of the Revolution" by fellow Yemenis for her role in the 2011 Yemeni Revolution.

Front Line Defenders Statement on Trial of Ales Bialiatskiposted on: 2011/11/02


Trial of Belarus Human Rights Defender Ales Bialiatski Opens Today. Front Line Defenders Deputy Director Unable to Enter Country to Visit Other HRDs.

UAE: Trial Observer Finds Flagrant Due Process Flaws in UAE 5 Caseposted on: 2011/11/02

The Federal Supreme Court trial of five Emirati activists accused of “publicly insulting” top United Arab Emirates officials in an internet forum has been grossly unfair, and the case against them has no basis in international law as it violates their freedom of expression, a trial observer appointed by a coalition of international human rights organizations said today.

Brazil: Reinforcing the International Campaign against Rio de Janeiro’s Milíciasposted on: 2011/11/01

Today’s news that Rio de Janeiro state Deputy Marcelo Freixo will be invited to speak in Europe on the spread of milícias, by Front Line Defenders and Amnesty International, is part of a longstanding international campaign.

Iran: Update – Further punitive measures taken against human rights defender Ms Nasrin Sotoudehposted on: 2011/10/26

Prominent Iranian human rights defender Ms Nasrin Sotoudeh has been barred by Evin Prison authorities from having family visits for three weeks, effective from 16 October 2011, as punishment for her alleged refusal to wear a Chador.

Bahrain: Response by Lawyers for Bahraini Medics to the Fact Sheet Issued by Public Prosecutor on 23 Oct. 2011posted on: 2011/10/26

Response by the lawyers for the Bahraini medics, attached below (in English and Arabic), to the Fact Sheet distributed by the Public Prosecutor.

Bahrain: Fact Sheet Issued by Public Prosecutor in Case Against Medicsposted on: 2011/10/26

On 23 October 2011, the appeal in the case against the Bahraini medics opened at the Court of Cassation. Just before the hearing began, the Public Prosecutor distributed the attached Fact Sheet to attendees at the hearing.

Dublin: The 2011 GALAS International Prize for Gay Rights Activist of the year goes to Paisarn Likhitpreechakul of Thailand. posted on: 2011/10/23

"Without equality, tolerance is just a myth." The 2011 GALAS International Prize for Gay Rights Activist of the year, organised by the National Lesbian and Gay Federation of Ireland (NLGF) goes to Paisarn Likhitpreechakul of Thailand.

China: Update – Court rejects appeal of human rights defender Ms Wang Lihongposted on: 2011/10/21

On 20 October 2011, the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court rejected human rights defender Ms Wang Lihong's appeal of her nine-month jail term for “creating a disturbance”.

Belarus: Update – Trial of Ales Bialiatski scheduled for 2 November 2011posted on: 2011/10/20

The trial of human rights defender Mr Ales Bialiatski will take place at Pervomaysky District Court, Minsk, at 10 am on 2 November 2011.

International human rights organisations issue open letter re: new restrictions on civil society groups in Belarusposted on: 2011/10/20

International human rights organisations urge the Council of the Republic, the upper chamber of the Belarusian Parliament, to quash recent legislative amendments that impose limitations on freedom of assembly and association and severely restrict the work of Belarusian civil society groups, especially those working on human rights or related issues.

Bahrain : letter from Bahrain thanking doctors who signed the open letter to the King of Bahrainposted on: 2011/10/20

Dear Stephanie, Michelle and all the noble Irish doctors and human rights defenders,

I want to thank you for all the support and good work you have done to defend us, the Bahraini doctors. Your emails my sister fwds me brings tears to my eyes every time I read them. You cannot imagine how grateful I am for all you have done and continue to do to ensure our release and to rescue us from these unjust trials.

I hold Ireland close to my heart. It was the first European country I visited in 1993 to sit for my DCH in RCSI. My last visit was last July when I was so impressed with the developments. I also, work part-time with wonderful people in RCSI-MUB Bahrain as a facilitator for the Masters Degree in Healthcare Management.

Thank you all again and I am forever indebted you.

Yours sincerely,

Dunia Al Hashimi, MBBS, DCH (Irl), CABP, MSc(Hons) HCM
Pediatric Emergency Consultant
Released on May 4th 2011

Bahrain: Front Line's Andrew Anderson highlights the denial of justice in the trial of Abdulhadi Al Khawajaposted on: 2011/10/19

Bahrain's rulers condemn themselves by sentencing my friend to life in prison

Abdulhadi Al Khawaja is a dear friend and former colleague who worked with us at Front Line up until February this year coordinating our work with human rights defenders in the Middle East and North Africa. Today a military court in Bahrain sentenced him to life imprisonment on charges including ”organising and managing a terrorist organisation” and “attempt to overthrow the government by force and in liaison with a terrorist organisation working for a foreign country”.

Further Information

The Bahraini Government has been trying to repress the protests which broke out in February calling for democracy and human rights and an end to corruption. They have also repeatedly insisted they are in favour of dialogue and reform and that the evidence of the killings of peaceful protesters and the torture of detainees was fabricated.