During 2014, the opportunities for positive change, democratic space, and demands for accountability showed clear signs of improvement in some of AJAR’s focus contexts, whilst taking deeper steps into authoritarian rule in others.

In each of the four focus countries the lesson was clear: climbing out of the muddy quagmire created by authoritarian rule and mass human rights violations is a massive, complex and time-consuming challenge. The good news stories need to be celebrated but each transition will be counterbalanced by regression. Our annual report highlighted significant achievements and changes in transitional contexts such as Indonesia, Timor Leste, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.