Criminalisation of Human Rights Defenders

09 July 2012

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights recently warned: "[t]he increasingly systematic and recurring way in which baseless criminal actions are brought against human rights defenders [across Latin America] has caused this obstacle to gain visibility in the region and to become a problem that merits urgent attention". The following report - written by a series of international NGOs and networks -analyses this issue by drawing on examples from Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador and Colombia.

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    The Peru Support Group exists to promote social inclusion, sustainable development and the observance of human rights in Peru. To that end the PSG highlights shortcomings in observance of established norms, whether international or local in nature, in its research, advocacy and publications. In so doing, it underscores the relationships that exist within the political system, how institutions work, and the effectiveness of policies that aim to reduce poverty and inequality within the context of sustainable development.

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    Over the past century Peru has suffered a series of autocratic governments and a civil war in which nearly 70,000 people died. Many of the country's ongoing political and social problems are a legacy of its somewhat turbulent past. 

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    Human rights violations were widespread during the twenty years after the initiation of armed conflict in 1980. Efforts to convict perpetrators since the war's end have made only limited progress. Today, concerns remain over the treatment of those engaged in social protest, particularly against strategically important investment projects.

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