Scores of human rights defenders every year pay the highest price for defending the right of others. Front Line Defenders documented 299 HRDs killed or died in detention in 2016. This marked an increase over the previous year, both in the number of killings and in the number of countries where they occurred. The figure only include targeted killings. There is widespread impunity for the perpetrators across all regions.
I suggest that whenever a human rights defender is suffering, we should hold massive press gatherings to free the defender and lead proper investigations into their arrests.