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Babloo Loitongbam

HRD, Director
Human Rights Alert

Babloo Loitongbam is a human rights defender and a lawyer based in Mainpur, India and the director of Human Rights Alert, an organization that works to monitor, investigate, and report human right violations, including attacks on human rights defenders. He has been a valubale source of support to victims of persecution and human rights defenders facing reprisals for their work. The human rights defender is a vocal advocate against state policies that violate, and discriminate against, the rights of local communities in Manipur and other North Eastern states

Human rights defenders in India face a diverse range of attacks and harassment from state and non-state actors alike, including killing, physical assault, arbitrary detention, threats and judicial harassment. Police officials are often the perpetrators of violence against HRDs, which is usually carried out with impunity. Armed groups and private companies also target HRDs for work related to economic development projects and their impact on the local communities or the environment. HRDs are increasingly the targets of online smear campaigns by radical nationalists.