Dispatches 2016 presents the work Front Line Defenders has undertaken around the world for the protection and security of human rights defenders at risk in 2016, including the impact of grants, training, advocacy, visibility, rest & respite and other programs, as well as the launch of the HRD Memorial, honoring HRDs killed since the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders in 1998.
The scale of the challenge we face is considerable. But there is also a sense in which the reaction of the autocrats is a confirmation of the effectiveness of human rights defenders who continue their work in spite of the threats. There have never been more human rights defenders active in so many countries on a wide diversity of issues.
- Andrew Anderson, Executive Director