World Organization Against Torture Annual Report 2009: Steadfast in Protest

24 11 2009

URL: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/lib.nsf/db900SID/ASAZ-7T6BT4?OpenDocument. Source: World Organization Against Torture.

Repression of demonstrations, trade union members arrested, NGOs under surveillance: for years these facts have been related to situations of economic and social imbalance and inequity. The rise in social discontent linked to the world economic crisis has increased the repression recorded in recent years. The Annual Report 2009 of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders shows that in inverse proportion to the fall of the stock exchanges, the inflation of freedom-killing practices and laws relating to the control of the social body was one of the significant characteristics of the problems encountered by human rights defenders in 2008.

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