Amnesty International release report on attacks on Human Rights Defenders

08, Dec 2017 | CJP Team

Amnesty’s report, titled ‘Deadly but Preventable Attacks: Killings and Enforced Disappearances of Those who Defend Human Rights’ notes that since the Declaration on HRDs was adopted two decades ago, “human rights defenders across the globe have faced an onslaught of harassment, intimidation, ill-treatment, restrictions, unjust prosecution and detention – which continues to this day.” The report says that information compiled by non-governmental or community-based groups indicates that an estimated 3,500 human rights defenders have been killed globally since the declaration was adopted. The report also notes that “the trend appears to be worsening”. It cites data from Front Line Defenders, which protects human rights defenders at risk, showing that there were at least 281 killings in 2016, up from 156 in 2015 and 136 in 2014. 



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