Report: Human Rights Defenders Under Attack

Report: Human Rights Defenders Under Attack

Experiences collected from the work of Rafto Foundation for Human Rights with partners in 15 countries 2020-2021.

The Rafto Foundation has written a report with their impressions from 15 locations around the world. The report identifies regions which may require particular attention, where human rights defenders are working not only under alarmingly increasing pressure but where the human rights movement itself may be in danger of collapse. Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) has been covered in this report.

“This report confirms a growing authoritarian trend in many countries where Rafto laureates work. This situation has become worse during the pandemic, partly due to deliberate actions by governments to use the pandemic as an excuse to crack down on human rights defenders. It give insights into the challenges and risks faced by those courageous voices standing up for democracy and human rights”, says Jostein Hole Kobbeltvedt, Executive Director, The Rafto Foundation.


  • Shirin Ebadi, Iran
  • Sidi Mohammed Daddach, Western Sahara
  • National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, India
  • Pastor Bulambe Lembelembe Josue, DR Congo
  • Bishop Emeritus Jose Raul Vera Lopez, Mexico
  • Sexual Minorities, Uganda
  • Nnimmo Bassey, Nigeria
  • Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Bahrain
  • AGORA, Russia
  • Padre Melo, Honduras
  • Yanar Mohammed, Iraq
  • Parveena Ahangar and Parvez Imroz, Kahsmir
  • Adam Bodnar, Poland
  • Rouba Mhaissen, Lebanon
  • Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, Egypt
  • Peter Molnar, Hungary

The report includes set of recommendations from the Rafto Foundation.

Read the report Human Rights Defenders Under Attack