#BastarBlackout: Human rights defenders under threat speak.
Our latest edit for Amnesty International India, on the unprecedented attack on journalists and human rights defenders in Chhattisgarh over the last six months. Conditions have been created where arbitrary arrests, threats to life, and organized hindrance to the work of journalists, lawyers, and other human rights defenders have led to a near total information blackout.
Bastar has witnessed violence and counter-violence leading to massive human rights violations. Adivasi communities in particular have faced abuses from all sides. Against this backdrop, the silencing of civil society and the media may both enable and hide more abuses.