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In its report and documentary published on February 23, 2015, the Observatory denounces the extreme vulnerability of human rights defenders and their constant targeting via criminalization campaigns, threats, and physical assaults. The publication of the report and documentary coincided with the start of a 5-day mission in the country.
The report reveals 657 cases of attacks against human rights defenders in 2013 and that in 2014 figures rose to 810 cases – the highest number since UDEFEGUA began keeping official records in 2000. Additionally, last year saw the deaths of 7 defenders, 21 attempted murders, and the saddening figure of 30 cases of ill, cruel or inhuman treatment against human rights defenders.