Defending In Numbers 2013-2014: Mounting Echoes of Muffled Dissent

Between 2013 and 2014, FORUM-ASIA documented 324 cases of violations and abuses against HRDs as well as new instances of restrictive legislation and policies affecting civil society in Asia. The documented violations and abuses range from intimidation, threats, physical assault, arbitrary arrest and detention, criminalisation, judicial harassment, disappearances, death threats and killings of human rights defenders and members of their family.

The present report shines a light on the challenging situation of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Asia. Based on FORUM-ASIA’s documentation of cases of HRDs, it aspires to identify the regional trends and patterns of violations and abuses against HRDs and to illustrate the restrictive and often dangerous environment in which many operate.

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