Protesters seeking to effect change, opposition figures fighting against authoritarianism, & lawyers defending human rights face unfair trials & harassment.

Fighting for the reform of laws that undercut democracy.

As democracies undergo significant backsliding, TrialWatch has monitored the criminal trials of those who have put their lives on the line for democracy, using advocacy and litigation to ramp up pressure on governments and courts and secure the release of numerous democracy-defenders.

TrialWatch has also fought for the reform of laws that undercut democracy, whether through participating in a constitutional challenge to a cybercrime law used to prosecute government critics in Malaysia, publishing thematic reports on archaic laws like sedition that have suppressed dissenting voices since the colonial era, or petitioning the UN to rule against a draconian law in Kazakhstan that prevents opposition figures from taking part in political activities.