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Safeguard Defenders is a human rights NGO founded in late 2016 that undertakes and supports local field activities that contribute to the protection of basic rights, promote the rule of law and enhance the ability of local civil society and human rights defenders in some of the most hostile environments in Asia. 

At any given time, Safeguard Defenders is running about a dozen programs in target countries. From our small head office in Madrid, Spain we work with local partners, who include teachers, lawyers, local independent media organizations and civil society organizations engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights and the rule of law. 

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Safeguard Defenders' founder and director Peter Dahlin describes what disappeared Australian journalist Cheng Lei is likely facing in her RSDL prison in China and how the latest data shows that the system is expanding at a terrifying rate.

Image of Australian journalist Cheng Lei from her Facebook pageThe latest victim of China's hostage diplomacy, in a very long line of victims, is Australian citizen Cheng Lei. She has been working for China's Party-state TV station CGTN for eight years and is a high-profile anchor of their Global Business show.

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