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Human rights defenders

Due to their work in the prevention of gross violations of human rights and in the struggle against impunity, as well as for their work monitoring and criticizing public policies on human rights, human rights defenders directly confront those who commit these crimes, whether armed groups, political authorities or economic sectors. Over recent years, people who defend human rights have been and continue to be the victims of frequent murders and violent attacks, systematic smear campaigns and false accusations, threats, forced disappearances, sexual violence and unfounded criminal proceedings.