Protection International photography project ‘For those who died trying’ was covered by BBC World News on 1st June 2016.

” We wanted to raise awareness on the situation of human rights defenders in Thailand especially outside of Bangkok. We are noticing that they are working in an increasingly dangerous situation facing more and more risks. We thought it was important that those who have lost their lives are not forgotten.” Liliana De Marco, Protection International


The project, photographed by Luke Duggleby, presents 37 murdered or abducted human rights defenders in Thailand and looks to remember those who died defending human rights and protecting the environment by placing a portrait of the human rights defender, where possible, at the exact place he or she was murdered or abducted. It is vital, for the victims and their families, that their fight and their death is not forgotten and left un-recognised. Ultimately, those responsible must be brought to justice. Recognising those who died trying as HRDs and a better administration of justice are critical steps to end these killings. Information on the project is also available in Thai.

The full set of photographs is available on Protection International online photo album here

Read the article on New York Times photography and journalism blog Lens here