LRWC Annual General Report 2011

Throughout the reporting period LRWC effectively promoted advocacy rights and the rule of law through campaigns, legal research and education. LRWC campaign activities during the reporting period involved lawyers and other human rights defenders subjected to murder, assault, threats, false arrest, arbitrary and incommunicado detention, torture, denial of fair trial and due process, intimidation and malicious prosecution, as a result of their human rights work. Malicious prosecutions of human rights defenders were based on charges of murder, possession of explosives, publishing information likely to bring government into disrepute (e.g. propaganda against the regime, publishing false news), and advocating for peasant land rights. As in other years, advocates representing causes or clients unpopular with the government and/or with powerful corporations were at the highest risk.

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