Một nhà vận động môi trường nói như một cây gỗ trên màn hình khi cô giải thích cách cô âm mưu lật đổ nhà nước, một người đàn ông gục ngã trong những giọt nước mắt sợ hãi trong khi những người hàng xóm của ông ta - khuôn mặt của họ đầy vết cắt và vết bầm tím - buộc tội người khác lên kế hoạch cho các hành vi bạo lực, và một sinh viên Hoa Kỳ hứa sẽ không bao giờ tham gia các hoạt động chống Việt Nam nữa.

An environmental campaigner speaks woodenly on screen as she explains how she plotted to overthrow the state; a man breaks down in frightened tears while his fellow villagers – their faces covered in cuts and bruises -- accuse others of planning violent acts; and an American student promises to never again take part in anti-Vietnam activities.

The Director of Safeguard Defenders, Peter Dahlin, explains how civil society can bring serious human rights violators to justice.


An interview conducted and published by

Today, 15 January, Safeguard Defenders released "Fighting Impunity: A guide on how civil society can use Magnitsky Acts to sanction human rights violators". This comprehensive manual, aimed at civil society, is the first of its kind and provides step by step instructions on how to file recommendations for sanctions on perpetrators of gross human rights violations.

Provided courtesy of Human Rights First.


Download as WORD file here.

a) For submission to U.S. only, but a similar template should be used for other jurisdictions as well, with appropriate changes.

On 21 August, Safeguard Defenders filed a comprehensive report and review of China's newest system for Enforced Disappearances, Liuzhi, to nine relevant UN Special Procedures. 

With the detention and placement into ‘Residential Surveillance at a Designated Location’ (RSDL) of foreign citizens by China in several high-profile cases, such as Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Yang Hengjun, it merits a closer look at the use of solitary confinement within China’s RSDL system, and if and if so why, it constitutes torture under international law, in particular the Convention Against Torture, one of the few key human rights treatises both signed and ratified by China.

This brief paper looks into how critics are effectively disappeared after arrest, while awaiting trial, by police’s use of false names for those placed into pre-trial detention, done by police sometimes with, sometimes without, the detention centers’ knowledge.


Download as pdf: Hidden in Detention - Vanishing Suspects


Below is the official, redacted, version of the full complaint filed against CCTV for its operations in the United Kingdom, with the Office of Communications (Ofcom) on November 23, 2018.   Ofcom is tasked by law to regulate media broadcasters in the United Kingdom, and to implement the Broadcasting code. CCTV and CGTN both holds broadcast licenses in the UK. The broadcast of a forced TV confession by Iranian State TV broadcaster in the UK led to the TV broadcaster being investigated and found guilty, and subsequently, had their license to broadcast in the UK revoked.

On November 23, 2018, Safeguard Defenders will release its next book, Trial By Media - China's new show trials, and the global expansion of Chinese media, edited by Peter Dahlin.