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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Human rights defender Gamal Eid

The travel ban against Mr Gamal Eid issued on 4 February 2016 is only the latest in a long series of arbitrary travel restrictions against prominent Human Rights defenders and activists.


On 8 February 2016, the Criminal Chamber of the Court of Appeal in Agadir upheld the conviction of human rights defender Mr Mbarek Daoudi.

Jean-Chrysostome Kijana

On 6 February 2016, human rights defender Mr Jean-Chrysostome Kijana went into hiding after having received threats and reportedly escaped an abduction attempt on the same day.


On 4 February 2016, human rights defender Mr Damián Gallardo Martínez was placed in solitary confinement in retaliation for his filing of a writ of amparo against the Director of the Jalisco prison where he is encarcerated, accusing him of torture and ill treatment...


On 8 February 2016, the home of human rights defender Ms Malini Subramaniam in Jagdalpur city was attacked by unknown assailants. The attack follows months of harassment of the human rights defender by the government and police authorities of Chhattisgarh state.


David Rabelo Crespo, a prominent Colombian human rights defender, has to this date served five of the more than 18 years of prison he was condemned to, for allegedly plotting the murder of a Colombian public official in 1991.


On 29 January, the Chinese government targeted for closure a renowned women’s legal aid center in Beijing.


On 28 January 2016, the Orenburg regional department of the Ministry of Justice accused the Committee for Prevention of Torture (CPT) and its chairman Mr Igor Kalyapin of committing administrative offences.

Rebecca Masika Katsuva

They called her Mama Masika. Members of her community, residents of a village in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman, knew Rebecca Masika Katsuva as a town mother.

Clement Lochio Lomornana

On 6 August 2015, South Sudanese security forces arbitrarily detained human rights defender Mr Clement Lochio Lomornana. Six months later, his whereabouts are still unknown.