Panama

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



IAPA report documents “troubling developments” in regards to freedom of expression

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) issued a six month report on the situation for the freedom of expression in Panama. IAPA identified several issues of concern, proposed legislation that could potentially restrict freedom of expression. Read more

IAPA report documents “troubling developments” in regards to freedom of expression

New laws threaten media freedoms in Panama

Freedom of the press still faces challenges from strict legal requirements and regulations in Panama. Read more

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New laws threaten media freedoms in Panama

President releases journalist who exposed corruption

On 15th November, Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein was arrested when arriving in Panama because of an article he wrote exposing corruption. Read more

President releases journalist who exposed corruption

Environmental activists targeted with death threats and lawsuits

Environmental activist Ligia Arreaga had to leave the country as a result of repeated death threats.
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Environmental activists targeted with death threats and lawsuits

Authorities continue to disrupt protests against mega projects

Security forces in Panama continue to disrupt indigenous protests, using rubber bullets to disperse the gathering, injuring some protestors. Read more

Authorities continue to disrupt protests against mega projects