Index of attacks and threats against Human Rights Defenders

MONITORING PLATFORM OF ALERTS AND ATTACKS AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

Human Rights Defenders are increasingly targeted because of their work to defend Human Rights. Their physical security and ability to work is often at stake. ProtectDefenders.eu Index is a monitoring platform contributing to the mapping of violations committed towards Human Rights Defenders in order to illustrate and give visibility to the scale of the crackdown and pressure that they face worldwide.

Although this monitoring platform is fed by public alerts provided by ProtectDefenders.eu partners and is based on verified information, the list of alerts can not be taken as complete nor exhaustive in any way. Real figures are much higher and many alerts and attacks still go unreported. Moreover, this tool does not compile alerts on EU countries.

The information in this tool is illustrative and indicative of the scope of the threats and attacks against individuals acting in defence of human rights. The content of this tool does not reflect the official opinion of ProtectDefenders.eu. Neither ProtectDefenders.eu nor any of its partners may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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IN 2017, AT LEAST
303
DEFENDERS WERE KILLED
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Main figures (PROVISIONAL COUNTER)
Sources: compilation of public alerts on individual attacks reported by FIDH, OMCT, RSF and Front Line Defenders @ 2017 PROTECTDEFENDERS.EU
486
REPORTED VIOLATIONS AGAINST DEFENDERS


Alerts by region
 
Type of alert
 
Field of action of defenders targeted


Specific type of threats


Specific field of action of defenders targeted
Affected defenders by gender
Affected defenders by profile
83
Activist
3
Artist
9
Blogger
37
Journalist
48
Lawyer
276
NGO/ Grassroots group member
13
Researcher (Academic)
8
Union worker



List of alerts against Human Rights Defenders





[ 2018-12-12 ] Colombia: Assassination attempt against Lidia Gómez and killing of indigenous and campesino human rights defenders
NameRegion / countryAlertnature of alertfield of actionspecific field of actionGenderprofilemore
Lidia Gómez Americas / Colombia Physical violence Attempted murder Economic, Social & Cultural Rights Land and Environmental Rights Female
[ 2018-12-12 ] Russia: Defence lawyer Mikhail Benyash indicted
NameRegion / countryAlertnature of alertfield of actionspecific field of actionGenderprofilemore
Mikhail Benyash Europe and Central Asia / Russia Judicial abuses Judicial Harassment Civil and Political Rights Impunity / Justice Male Lawyer
[ 2018-12-11 ] Russia: Sentencing and arbitrary detention of Mr. Lev Ponomarev, Executive Director of the “For Human Rights” movement
NameRegion / countryAlertnature of alertfield of actionspecific field of actionGenderprofilemore
Lev Ponomarev Europe and Central Asia / Russia Judicial abuses Judicial Harassment Civil and Political Rights Impunity / Justice Male NGO/ Grassroots group member
[ 2018-12-10 ] Perú: Criminalización del abodado del IDL Juan Carlos Ruíz Molleda y el médico ambientalista Fernando Osores Plenge
NameRegion / countryAlertnature of alertfield of actionspecific field of actionGenderprofilemore
Fernando Osores Plenge Americas / Peru Judicial abuses Judicial Harassment Economic, Social & Cultural Rights Land and Environmental Rights Male NGO/ Grassroots group member
[ 2018-12-10 ] El Observatorio: Perú: Criminalización del abodado del IDL Juan Carlos Ruíz Molleda y el médico ambientalista Fernando Osores Plenge
NameRegion / countryAlertnature of alertfield of actionspecific field of actionGenderprofilemore
Juan Carlos Ruíz Molleda Americas / Peru Judicial abuses Judicial Harassment Economic, Social & Cultural Rights Land and Environmental Rights Male Lawyer
[ 2018-12-05 ] Russia: Human rights defender Lev Ponomarev sentenced to 25 days in administrative detention
NameRegion / countryAlertnature of alertfield of actionspecific field of actionGenderprofilemore
Lev Ponomarev Europe and Central Asia / Russia Judicial abuses Judicial Harassment Civil and Political Rights Freedom of expression Male NGO/ Grassroots group member

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