Panama

Continued pensioners protests face tear gas

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, pensioners have been demonstrating in Panama since December 2018 to demand the approval of legislation that would increase their pensions. Read more

Continued pensioners protests face tear gas

Six people arrested during clashes with the police

Clashes between the police and a group of farmers were reported on 18th December 2018 in the town of Divisa after a failed negotiation meeting between the farmers and the Ministers of Industry, Security and Agriculture. Read more

 Six people arrested during clashes with the police

Cuban activist and former political prisoner deported

Panamanian authorities deported Ariel Arzuaga, a Cuban activist and former political prisoner, on 11th October 2018 on grounds of non-compliance with migration requirements. Read more

Cuban activist and former political prisoner deported

Mexican activist expelled from Panama while in transit

On 1st October 2018, Alejandro Cerezo, a Mexican human rights defender was expelled from Panama, while he was in transit to an event in Paraguay. Read more

Mexican activist expelled from Panama while in transit

Rising electricity prices spark protests

Starting on 10th July 2018, students of the National University of Panama held a protest for three days to voice their opposition to a rise in electricity prices. Read more

Rising electricity prices spark protests

Police prevented protest by teachers

A protest led by teachers demanding their salaries payment was disrupted by police officers who prevented them to continue the demonstration. Read more

Police prevented protest by teachers

Protest in Colon ends with 5 injured and 35 arrested

A protest organised by Frente Amplio por Colon (FAC) ended with clashes with the police and 35 people detained and around 5 injured. Read more

Protest in Colon ends with 5 injured and 35 arrested

Ombudsman announces plans to create a protection mechanism for HRDs

On 16th February 2018, the Ombudsman announced the draft of a new law to create a National Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders in the country. The process of drafting the bill will include a consultation process involving local civil society, academia and other relevant stakeholders before the law is presented to the National Assembly for consideration. Read more

Ombudsman announces plans to create a protection mechanism for HRDs

State represses and vilifies protests taking place over social issues

Several protests have taken place recently in Panama where citizens have expressed discontent over corruption and other social issues. The state has vilified protesters and police have disrupted demonstrations. Read more

State represses and vilifies protests taking place over social issues

HRDs in Panama face legal harassment from private companies

During the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) 165th regular session in Montevideo, Uruguay from 23rd to 27th October 2017, the IACHR held a session with the government of Panama, the Ombudsman and civil society leaders to review the situation for human rights defenders in the country. The main concern expressed was the legal harassment by private companies against activists who oppose certain development projects. An example of a recent case of harassment was reported in the latest Monitor update on Panama. In this case, a mining company sued activist Basilio Perez for 40,000 USD, claiming damages after Perez reported the company to the environmental authority of Panama. A list of cases of harassment against activists in the last eight years can be found here. Read more

HRDs in Panama face legal harassment from private companies