HRD killing

South Africa issues warrants for two Rwandans in 2014 murder of ex spy chief

Australia's national broadcaster reported that a network of alleged Rwandan spies has been working to suppress dissident refugees in the country, South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority issued arrest warrants for two Rwandans accused of murdering Rwandan critic Colonel Patrick Karegeya, who was found dead in his hotel room in Johannesburg in 2014, Syridio Dusabumuremyi, an official of the FDU-Inkingi party had been stabbed and murdered in an attack by two men at a shop where he worked, Rwanda voted in favour of extending the mandate of the United Nations LGBT rights watchdog for another three years at the U.N. Human Rights Council, Supreme Court in Rwanda rejected a challenge to the law created in 2018 which maintains that it is a crime to insult the president, Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, was banned from playing at the Kigali Jazz Fusion festival. Read more

South Africa issues warrants for two Rwandans in 2014 murder of ex spy chief

Philippines human rights body launches national inquiry as attacks against activists persist

Over the last few months, critics of the President have been charged with sedition and other offences and journalists have been killed. Further, a anti-fake news bill has been tabled in the Senate which could restrict freedom of expression. Left and indigenous activists have also been killed and there are increasing attacks on lawyers. Read more

Philippines human rights body launches national inquiry as attacks against activists persist

Brazil: defenders vilified and criminalised, censorship and attacks against media on the rise

In August 2019, fire outbreaks in the Amazon, the world's largest tropical rainforest, stirred global outrage. However, as outrage grew, Bolsonaro suggested that environmental NGOs could be setting the fires. When asked for evidence or names of the NGOs involved, Bolsonaro said there was no evidence but that it was just his feeling.

On 23rd August 2019, environmental movements organised protests in several cities to denounce the government’s environmental policies. Other countries in Latin America, including Argentina and Uruguay also held solidarity protests. Read more

Brazil: defenders vilified and criminalised, censorship and attacks against media on the rise

Violence escalates during Colombia's elections

Between August and September 2019, 7 political candidates were killed during the municipal and regional election campaign in Colombia. According to news reports, at least 62 others have been threatened or attacked. In separate incidents, community organiser Yunier Moreno was killed in Caquetá, and two members of the Pueblo Nasa del Norte del Cauca Indigenous Guard were killed in an attack against a number of members of the community.

At the end of September and throughout October, the police acted to repress protests by students in Bogotá resulting in violent clashes.

On 18th October 2019, Javier Córdoba Chaguendo, a journalist and host with community radio station Planeta Stereo, was killed while working in the station's studio in Tumaco, Nariño. Read more

Violence escalates during Colombia's elections

Two environmental defenders killed in one week in Guatemala

On 7th September 2019, environmental and community activist Diana Isabel Hernández was shot and killed by unidentified persons while participating in a religious procession in her community. Only days later, on 14th September 2019, land and human rights defender Paulina Cruz Ruíz was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen.

In the same period, a protest by members of the Xinka indigenous community ended in violence and 16 arrests in Jutiapa. Finally, Guatemala's Journalists Association has expressed concern about changes to the Public Prosecution Unit in charge of crimes against reporters. The Association also published a report on Freedom of Expression during Guatemala's 2019 elections. This update covers the period between 05/08/2019 to 20/10/2019. Read more

Two environmental defenders killed in one week in Guatemala
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Afghan human rights defenders and journalists killed as US-Taliban talks collapse

Over the last few months, at least two human rights defenders have been killed by the Taliban or unknown persons while journalists continue to face various violations including threats, assault and killings. The Taliban also threatened and targeted campaign rallies ahead of the presidential elections Read more

Afghan human rights defenders and journalists killed as US-Taliban talks collapse

Mass protests in Colombia demand response to persistent violence against social leaders

The spiral of violence against HRDs in Colombia has continued. In June 2019, human rights organisation Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) stated that it had received 70 reports of murdered social leaders or members of vulnerable ethnic communities in 2019. At the end of June, WOLA declined to publish the number of cases recorded due to the huge variation in the figures published by different organisations. On 26th July 2019, thousands of demonstrators gathered across Colombia to protest the alarming violence against social leaders in the country, and to demand government action in protecting community leaders, human rights and environmental defenders. Marches took place in over 50 Colombian cities. Read more

Mass protests in Colombia demand response to persistent violence against social leaders
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Civil society calls for accountability for killing of Maldives journalist and its cover-up

In recent months, a presidential commission revealed that missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan had been murdered, while an international NGO has raised concerns about ongoing threats on human rights defenders. The trial of murdered HRD is currently ongoing and the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights raised concerns about threats to those challenging fundamentalism. Read more

Civil society calls for accountability for killing of Maldives journalist and its cover-up

Human rights groups decry deteriorating situation as peace agreement remains unimplemented

Violation of human rights still rampant as peace deal remains unimplemented, disappeared government critics and activists reported killed, as journalists and media outlets continue to face censorship and initmidation Read more

Human rights groups decry deteriorating situation as peace agreement remains unimplemented

Atlantic Council declared an undesirable organisation by authorities

On 25th July 2019, Russia’s Attorney General’s Office announced that the Washington-based think tank, the Atlantic Council, was declared an “undesirable organisation” on Russian territory. Read more

Atlantic Council declared an undesirable organisation by authorities