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The ProtectDefenders.eu Index of Alerts

Human rights defenders are increasingly targeted because of their work to defend Human Rights. The ProtectDefenders.eu Index is a monitoring tool contributing to the mapping of violations committed towards human rights defenders to illustrate the scale of the crackdown and pressure that they face worldwide.

This Index is fed by public alerts provided by ProtectDefenders.eu partners and is based on verified information. However, 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.

Main figures (Provisional counter)

Sources: compilation of public alerts on individual attacks reported by FIDH, OMCT, RSF, and Front Line Defenders © 2020 PROTECTDEFENDERS.EU

year region country wdt_ID dateyyyymmdd name partner alert natureofthealert subcategoryofalert identityofdefendernonexclusive identityofdefender2 profileofdefender profileofdefender2 fieldofaction specificfieldofaction organisationifapplicable links followup regioncountry contador
2.020 Middle East and North Africa Egypt 1 19/06/2020 Ahmed Amasha Front Line Defenders Physical violence Enforced disappearance Enforced disappearance None None NGO/ Grassroots group member Activist Civil and Political Rights Impunity / Justice League for Families of the Disappeared https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/dr-ahmed-amasha-tortured-detention#case-update-id-5320 Middle East and North Africa/Egypt 1
2.020 Middle East and North Africa Algeria 2 14/06/2020 Mohad Gasmi Front Line Defenders Repression Detention Arbitrary detention or arrest None None Activist NGO/ Grassroots group member Economic, Social & Cultural Rights None Unemployed Movement https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/human-rights-defender-mohad-gasmi-preventive-detention Middle East and North Africa/Algeria 1
2.020 Americas Cuba 3 19/06/2020 Maykel Castillo Perez Front Line Defenders Physical violence Detention Physically None None Activist Artist Economic, Social & Cultural Rights Freedom of expression #NoAlDecreto349 https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/maykel-castillo-perez Americas/Cuba 1
2.020 Americas Cuba 4 19/06/2020 Anamely Ramos Front Line Defenders Repression Detention Arbitrary detention or arrest Woman None Researcher (Academic) Activist Economic, Social & Cultural Rights Freedom of expression ‘SIN 349’ https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/anamely-ramos-gonzalez Americas/Cuba 1
2.020 Americas Cuba 5 19/06/2020 Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara Front Line Defenders Physical violence Detention Physically None None Artist Activist Economic, Social & Cultural Rights Freedom of expression San Isidro Movement https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/luis-manuel-otero-alcantara Americas/Cuba 1
2.020 Europe and Central Asia Turkey 6 18/06/2020 Eren Keskin Front Line Defenders Repression Violation of privacy and property Housebreaking / violation of domicile Woman None NGO/ Grassroots group member Activist Civil and Political Rights Good governance and anticorruption (İHD-Human Rights Association https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/eren-keskin Europe and Central Asia/Turkey 1
2.020 Americas Mexico 7 17/06/2020 Soledad Jarquín Front Line Defenders Intimidation / Threats Threats or Harassment Detention Woman None Journalist Activist Civil and Political Rights Women‘s rights / Gender Las Caracolas https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/soledad-jarquin Americas/Mexico 1
2.020 Asia & the Pacific China 8 17/06/2020 Yu Wensheng 余文生 Front Line Defenders Judicial abuses Judicial Harassment Sentencing None None Lawyer None Civil and Political Rights Impunity / Justice https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/yu-wensheng-detained-and-charged-disrupting-public-service Asia & the Pacific/China 1
2.020 Asia & the Pacific Vietnam 9 12/06/2020 Le Huu Minh Tuan Front Line Defenders Repression Detention Detention None None Journalist Activist Civil and Political Rights Freedom of expression IJAVN https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/le-huu-minh-tuan Asia & the Pacific/Vietnam 1
2.020 Asia & the Pacific Iran 10 16/06/2020 Payam Derafshan Observatory Physical violence Enforced disappearance Enforced disappearance None None Lawyer Activist Civil and Political Rights Impunity / Justice League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/iran-enforced-disappearance-of-payam-derafshan-and-continuing Asia & the Pacific/Iran 1

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Advocacy

ProtectDefenders.eu monitor on site the situation of at-risk defenders and carry out advocacy work to trigger adequate responses to their cases.

As part of our mandate, we support and fund the advocacy work of our partners, and develop activities and projects for jointly call for an environment conducive to the defense of rights.

In this section you will find more information about the advocacy activities and projects we fund.

Turkey: Ongoing Crackdown Poses Existential Threat to Independent Civil Society
Turkey: Ongoing Crackdown Poses Existential Threat to Independent Civil Society

Year: 2021 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

In Israel, campaigns to discredit Israeli, Golan and Palestinian human rights defenders | An OBS Report
In Israel, campaigns to discredit Israeli, Golan and Palestinian human rights defenders | An OBS Report

Year: 2021 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

Guatemala: One year after President Giammattei took office, violence against human rights defenders continues to rise
Guatemala: One year after President Giammattei took office, violence against human rights defenders continues to rise

Year: 2021 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

“DOWN, BUT NOT OUT – Repression of human rights defenders in Cambodia”
“DOWN, BUT NOT OUT – Repression of human rights defenders in Cambodia”

Year: 2020 Partner: OMCT/FIDH initiative

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

Year: 2020 Partner: OMCT/FIDH

Indefensible: Iran’s systematic criminalisation of human rights defenders
Indefensible: Iran’s systematic criminalisation of human rights defenders

Year: 2019 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

The 2019 CSO Law: Winds of change for human rights defenders in Ethiopia?
The 2019 CSO Law: Winds of change for human rights defenders in Ethiopia?

Year: 2019 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

I’ll kill you along with drug addicts – President Duterte’s war on human rights defenders in the Philippines
I’ll kill you along with drug addicts – President Duterte’s war on human rights defenders in the Philippines

Year: 2019 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

Their last stand? How human rights defenders are being squeezed out in Tajikistan
Their last stand? How human rights defenders are being squeezed out in Tajikistan

Year: 2019 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

Action Plan – Human Rights Defenders World Summit 2018
Action Plan – Human Rights Defenders World Summit 2018

Year: 2018 Partner: ProtectDefenders.eu

Target one to silence a hundred: the repression of human rights lawyers in Sudan
Target one to silence a hundred: the repression of human rights lawyers in Sudan

Year: 2018 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

Call to States – Human Rights Defenders World Summit 2018
Call to States – Human Rights Defenders World Summit 2018

Year: 2018 Partner: ProtectDefenders.eu

The Human Rights Defenders World Summit 2018
The Human Rights Defenders World Summit 2018

Year: 2018 Partner: ProtectDefenders.eu

Kenya: After years of broken promises, will the PBO Act become more than paper tiger?
Kenya: After years of broken promises, will the PBO Act become more than paper tiger?

Year: 2018 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

Belarus: Control over lawyers threatens human rights
Belarus: Control over lawyers threatens human rights

Year: 2018 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

Colombia: No peace for human rights defenders
Colombia: No peace for human rights defenders

Year: 2018 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

Veracruz: journalists and the state of fear
Veracruz: journalists and the state of fear

Year: 2018 Partner: RSF

ProtectDefenders.eu report on funding available for Human Rights Defenders
ProtectDefenders.eu report on funding available for Human Rights Defenders

Year: 2018 Partner: ProtectDefenders.eu

Saudi Arabia: Condemned to silence: the situation of women human rights defenders
Saudi Arabia: Condemned to silence: the situation of women human rights defenders

Year: 2018 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

Colombia: Defending land and the environment in contexts of extractive industries
Colombia: Defending land and the environment in contexts of extractive industries

Year: 2017 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

In harm’s way: Women human rights defenders in Thailand
In harm’s way: Women human rights defenders in Thailand

Year: 2017 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative) / Protection International

Kenya: 2017 elections: Broken promises put human rights defenders at risk
Kenya: 2017 elections: Broken promises put human rights defenders at risk

Year: 2017 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

Honduras: Human rights defenders between a rock and a hard place
Honduras: Human rights defenders between a rock and a hard place

Year: 2016 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

Kyrgyzstan: At a Crossroads: Shrink or Widen the Scene for Human Rights Defenders
Kyrgyzstan: At a Crossroads: Shrink or Widen the Scene for Human Rights Defenders

Year: 2016 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

La criminalización de defensores de derechos humanos en contextos de proyectos industriales: un fenómeno regional en América Latina
La criminalización de defensores de derechos humanos en contextos de proyectos industriales: un fenómeno regional en América Latina

Year: 2016 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)