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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Map of Cameroon

On April 15 2014, the Archbishop of Bamenda Cornelius Fontem Esua announced the Archdiocese's withdrawal from the disputed lands of Mamada Hills in Cameroon. This announcement comes a few weeks after the release of Mbororo rights defenders Mr Mallam Yunusa...

"Nunca Más" (Never Again) - Source:

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...

Waleed Abu Al-Khair has been placed in detention

On 15 April 2014, prominent Saudi Arabian human rights defender Mr Waleed Abu Al-Khair was arbitrarily detained, while at the premises of the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh.

Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja has been in prison since 2011

In a recent article in the respected Middle East web publication Al Monitor, Sarah Bin Ashoor published an article on Bahrain which severely distorted the facts of the situation. Front...

"Don't Talk!" Soviet propaganda poster

As the political crisis in Ukraine continues to escalate, an equally sinister, if less militaristic, narrative is unfolding in the Russian Federation which may have serious long-term consequences for the future of human rights and the work of human rights defenders...

Murharrem Erbey has been released from pre-trial detention

On 12 April 2014, Mr Murharrem Erbey, a human rights defender from Turkey, was released from detention by the Diyarbakir Heavy Penal Court No. 2 because of a “lack of evidence.”


With presidential elections under way in Algeria, Salah Debouz, president of the Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights, writes about the challenges facing human rights defenders in his country.

Harassment and surveillance of Maria Catherine Dannug-Salucon

Front Line Defenders is concerned at the continued surveillance and intimidation of human rights defender Ms Maria Catherine Dannug-Salucon since March 2014.

Abdulhakim Al Fadhli has been released from detention

On 10 April 2014, human rights defender and Bedoun community activist Mr Abdulhakim Al Fadhli was released after almost two months of detention, during which he reported being subjected to torture.

Juan Carlos Flores Solís (Source: Radio AMLO)

On 14 April 2014, a judge in Cholula confirmed the detention of human rights defender Mr Juan Carlos Flores Solís pending trial.