refugees and migrants

Commission of inquiry slams human rights abuses ahead of elections

UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi (CoI) concluded in its report, released on 4 September 2019, the existence of a climate of fear and intimidation for those who do not support the ruling party, controversy surrounds the killing of two opposition party members on 11 July 2019, while in police custody, At least one person was killed and 10 others wounded after fighting occurred between members of ruling CNDD-FDD party and those of the National Congress for Liberty (CNL) opposition party in Mubimbi commune, CSO PARCEM suspended by government, HRD Germain Rukuki's 32 year sentence upheld by Court of Appeal in his absence, BBC closes office until further notice Read more

Commission of inquiry slams human rights abuses ahead of elections

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

Court upholds right to religious expression for students, protests dispersed

High Court in Nairobi ruled that Rastafarianism is a religion like any other and its followers including students have the right to expression in their mode of dressing, civil society organisations, submitted shadow reports for Kenya’s third Universal Periodic Review, Blogger charged with treason for publishing photos of police officers killed during an explosion by al-Shabab militants, , for the first time, Kenya’s new national census included a third gender - intersex - on the list of possible responses to the gender question, protests dispersed by police in Mombasa and Meru counties Read more

Court upholds right to religious expression for students, protests dispersed

Bangladesh authorities suppressing critics and restricting freedoms in refugee camps

In recent months lawyers and writers have faced criminal defamation charges for their critical comments, four journalists are facing trumped up charges for exposing police negligence and a news website has been blocked. Further, the authorities are attempting to restrict the civic freedoms of Rohingya refugees in the camps in Cox Bazar and have banned some NGOs from working there. Read more

Bangladesh authorities suppressing critics and restricting freedoms in refugee camps

CSO threatened with fine for migrant rescue operations; anti-LGBT groups win court cases

In June 2019, authorities sent a warning letter to the captain of the Spanish NGO Open Arms threatening to fine them up to 901,000 Euros for "violations against maritime safety or traffic management" if they continue with migrant rescue operations. Read more

CSO threatened with fine for migrant rescue operations; anti-LGBT groups win court cases

Espionage Act charges against Assange jeopardise press freedom

In the period covered by this update, from 20th May to the 8th July 2019, there have been coordinated rallies and demonstrations across the US on issues ranging from migration, women's rights, public housing and climate change. In many cases, demonstrations resulted in the arrest of some participants. There have also been a number of developments related to freedom of association and expression - in particular, indictments in the Assange WikiLeaks case which have drawn concerns over the state of press freedom in the country. Read more

Espionage Act charges against Assange jeopardise press freedom

Misuse of ICCPR Act and judicial system to stifle freedom of expression in Sri Lanka

In the last few months, a number of individuals have been arrested and charged under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act of 2007 for the peaceful expression of their views. Further, contempt of courts proceedings have been brought against academic and activist Sarath Wijesuriya and an intelligence office linked in the killing of a journalist has been reinstated. Following the April 2019 attacks social media was blocked temporarily. Read more

Misuse of ICCPR Act and judicial system to stifle freedom of expression in Sri Lanka

Sea rescue operations faced with high penalties for saving peoples’ lives in Italy

In June 2019 the Italian government issued a new security decree that grants more power to the Minister of Interior on immigration issues and could endanger the work of NGO rescue missions in the Mediterranean. Read more

Sea rescue operations faced with high penalties for saving peoples’ lives in Italy

Growing protection concerns as journalists in Greece targeted by violent actors

Journalists and media professional have been targeted by protesters and violent non-state actors for their critical reporting. On 14th May 2019, the car of a well-known police reporter for the CNN’s Greek edition, was destroyed in an arson attack. In addition, the head of the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR) resigned accusing the government of “authoritarianism in taking and enforcing its decisions” and for demonstrating “indifferent and often degrading positions” towards the Commission. On the positive side, efforts have been made towards decriminalisation of defamation. Read more

Growing protection concerns  as journalists in Greece targeted by violent actors

Migrant workers in Vanuatu protest repatriation plans fearing for their lives

Dozens of migrant workers from Bangladesh who were trafficked to Vanuatu are protesting plans to repatriate them as the fear for their lives if they return to Bangladesh. Read more

Migrant workers  in Vanuatu protest repatriation plans fearing for their lives