Front Line Defenders
2018 Annual Reports
Global Analysis 2018
Global Analysis 2018 details the physical assaults, defamation campaigns, digital security threats, judicial harassment, and gendered attacks faced by HRDs and women human rights defenders (WHRDs). December 2018 marked the 20th Anniversary of the HRD Declaration and the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but HRDs around the world continue to face lethal threats from state, non-state, and corporate actors in their peaceful struggles for rights.
Dispatches 2018 presents the work Front Line Defenders has undertaken around the world for the protection and security of human rights defenders at risk in 2018, including the impact of grants, training, advocacy, visibility, rest & respite and other programs. In 2018, Front Line Defenders joined with HRDs in marking the 20th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and the 70th Anniversary of the Universary Declaration of Human Rights; at the 2018 Human Rights Defenders World Summit in Paris, Front Line Defenders joined with other international human rights organisations to host over 150 HRDs from around the world, resulting in the development of an Action Plan with specific recommendations to states, coporations and other stakeholders on the protection of and support for HRDs. At the end of this auspicious year, Front Line Defenders was named one of the winners of the 2018 UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights, presented by the UN General Assembly President at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York.
Front Line Defenders, PRAMI and RED TDT have launched a campaign to visibilize the powerful work of activists, organisations, collectives and shelters, ahead of an upcoming investigative report calling for an end to attacks on migrant rights defenders along all migrations routes to the United States.
The faces of the campaign are journalists and researchers documenting the gendered impacts of displacement and anti-migrant violence; humanitarians dropping water and food for families traveling through the deadliest corridors of the Sonora desert; queer activists creating community and physical space for trans and gender-queer undocumented communities; and lawyers offering pro bono legal aid and asylum support; among many others who struggle in solidarity in support of migrants fleeing extreme violence and poverty.