: In the period of 2015-2016 Asia has become more dangerous for human rights defenders, particularly for land-rights defenders, youth and political activists. As spaces for defenders and civil society organisations across the region are shrinking, violations and harassment are increasing, while perpetrators continue to enjoy impunity. In particular the rise in extra-judicial killings, disappearances, and both the physical and judicial harassment of human rights defenders is alarming.
FORUM-ASIA's new report, Defending in Numbers: Silencing the Voices of Asia presents the findings of the monitoring of the organisation of the situation of human rights defenders in 2015-2016. In this period human rights activists, advocates and journalists were increasingly criminalised, threatened, harassed and attacked for their human rights work. The report analyses the 554 cases of violations and abuses documented over the period. Particularly the 49 cases of loss of life and the 132 instances of judicial harassment and criminalisation of activists are a serious cause for concern.
During the event both overall trends and findings will be shared related to the worsening situation of human right defenders in the region, and particular cases of killings, disappearances and judicial harassment in Bangladesh, the Maldives and Cambodia will be highlighted.
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