Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) has released their ‘Victimisation Experiences of Activists in South Africa’ report, which is a qualitative research project documenting the experiences of activists in South Africa. An OSF-SA grantee, CALS is a civil society organisation and law clinic based at the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand.

The report notes that:

“The risky circumstances in which human rights defenders often work globally is well documented. Activists face various forms of victimisation including death, violence, frivolous litigation and criminalisation of their activities which subjects them to arrest and detention. While there is a considerable body of literature on the attacks against human rights defenders in many parts of the world, there is limited research into the extent and nature of the problem in South Africa.

“Given this gap in research, the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) embarked on a research project that investigated the victimisation experienced by activists in South Africa.”

You can read the full report here.