The ten countries which are the focus of this report have each evolved different political and legal systems which enable, hinder or prevent, in different degrees, their citizens to exercise the Right to Dissent.
In approaching potential writers for each Country Report, there were varying degrees of concern about being identified as a writer on this vital subject. These ranged from simply, “ I can only write this on the condition of strict anonymity” to “ Given the significant risks in my country at present, I would greatly welcome being anonymous”.
As an expression of the current challenges to citizens simply writing about the severe risks and consequences that a growing number of citizens face in expressing their views of social, economic and climate justice and human rights, all authors of the ten Country Reports are anonymous.
We sincerely thank each one of them for the bravery they have shown in being at the heart of this report.