Human rights defenders are often victims of stigmatisation and smear campaigns. These are aimed at attacking their reputation, credibility and support within the community. Labelling HRDs as traitors, terrorists, foreign agents or accusing them of being violent extremists serves to diminish support for their work. State-run media are often used as platforms to stigmatise HRDs and, in some countries, HRDs are attacked by the highest political authorities. Smear campaigns often precede judicial harassment.
Rodrigo Mundaca - Chile
Hoy vemos que los conflictos por el agua son cada día más frecuentes, y colocan en colisión dos miradas de ella que representan también dos opciones sociales y políticas frente al futuro de la humanidad y el planeta