HRD killing


Women's rights come to the fore in India

On 25th September 2018, Bollywood actor Tanushree Dutta alleged that she was sexually harassed by director-actor, Nana Patekar on a film set in 2008. Speaking on television, the actor recollected her struggle after the incident. The Tanushree Dutta interview, single-handedly sparked a #MeToo movement in India. Thousands of women took to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment, assault, violence and sexual violence. Read more

Women's rights come to the fore in India

Human rights lawyer assisting families of slain sugar farmers in Sagay gunned down

On 6th November 2018, human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos was gunned down by unidentified men in the Philippines. Ramos had recently been providing free legal assistance to the families of nine sugar farm workers who were killed in Sagay City on 20th October. Read more

Human rights lawyer assisting families of slain sugar farmers in Sagay gunned down


Civil society activists among those killed in violence around elections

The Afghan parliamentary elections was held on 20 October 2018 amid violent attacks against civilians, candidates and activists Read more

Civil society activists among those killed in violence around elections

Journalist Jones Abiri finally released, media stakeholders reject Press Council Bill

On 15th August 2018, journalist Jones Abiri was released on bail after being detained for over two years, largely incommunicado, by the Department of State Security (DSS) without appearing in front of a court. Abiri, publisher and editor-in-chief of the newspaper Weekly Source, was arrested on 21st July 2016 by armed agents of the State Security Service at his office in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, accusing Abiri of being the leader of separatist group Joint Revolutionary Council of the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force in a statement sent by the security service to Nigerian journalists in July 2016. Read more

Journalist Jones Abiri finally released, media stakeholders reject Press Council Bill

One more HRD killed in Guatemala, 21 have been killed so far in 2018

The environment for human rights defenders in Guatemala continues to be increasingly hostile as another human rights defender was killed this year. Read more

 One more HRD killed in Guatemala, 21 have been killed so far in 2018

Conviction of former General involved in disappearances of activists important step for justice

In September 2018, the courts convicted retired army General Jovito Palparan, nicknamed "The Butcher" and sentenced him to life imprisonment for the kidnapping of two leftist student activists in 2006. Read more

Conviction of former General involved in disappearances of activists important step for justice

Environment for defenders continues to be hostile with one WHRD killed in July

On 28th July 2018, the authorities found the dead body of Juana Raymundo, a women activist, Ixil indigenous leader and member of Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (Campesino Development Committee, CODECA). Read more

 Environment for defenders continues to be hostile with one WHRD killed in July

Brazil continues to be a hostile place for journalists, two killed in recent months

On 21st June 2018, radio journalist Jairo Sousa was killed by two unidentified people who shot him twice in the back when he was arriving at Rádio Pérola FM, the radio station where he hosted a program. Read more

Brazil continues to be a hostile place for journalists, two killed in recent months