Reprisals against human rights defenders go unpunishedListen /
Scores of human rights defenders in at least 12 countries worldwide have faced serious reprisals and intimidation over the past one year, according to a report by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
The report says the human rights defenders were tortured, detained without trial, beaten, banned from travelling, labeled traitors and subjected to various forms on inhuman treatment mostly in the hands of state security agents.
The Secretary General said it was disheartening that governments concerned were unwilling to fully investigate the cases and bring to justice those behind the reprisals.
In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council Panel on Reprisals, Mr Ban appealed to governments to do more to protect those who cooperate with the UN in the field of human rights.
"Human rights defenders smear campaigns for making statements at the human rights council and others have been allegedly murdered after giving testimony to a Special Rapporteur. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Far too many and understandably scared to report reprisals aimed at silencing them. States have a responsibility to respect human rights and protect those who advocate for fundamental rights when they fail to do so the united nations must stand up and speak out we must defend those who seek to use the united nations human rights system."