The annual report of the ‘Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defender’ 2007 said that many of the states were violating the fundamental instruments of human rights defender even after sixty years of adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly.

The joint report which was prepared by the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) with the support of Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) and Advocacy Forum has confirmed the tendency observed in the recent years.

As per the report many of the states were continuing repression of defenders even more: arbitrary arrest, sentences handed out following unfair trials and house arrest through out the world.

“Some defenders paid for their commitment with their life. The obsession with ‘security’ henceforth takes precedence over the requirement for citizens liberty,” the report said adding, ” The year 2007 also confirmed the tendency to criminalise social protest in many countries of the world.”

Citing the human rights violations of Nepal the report said that the Nepalese human rights defenders continued to be subjected to various acts of intimidation and repression.

” Nepalese human rights defenders continued to work in a very precarious environment in 2007 because of rebel groups in Terai,” the report added, “The situation of human rights defenders was particularly dire in Terai, where major abuses were continuing.”