Friday 25.10.2019 Venezuela - Latest Developments
On 16th September 2019, around 400 teachers gathered in front of the Ministry of Education in Caracas to demand salary increases and the resignation of Minister Aristóbulo Istúriz. Alleged members of pro-government “colectivos” attempted to disrupt the protest, riding into the crowd on motorcycles and firing gunshots in the air. Dressed as civilians, these groups also threw water at demonstrators and beat up teachers who were participating. On 21st September, another attack by colectivos disrupted a demonstration supporting opposition leader Juan Guaidó.
This update covers events from 15th September to 26th September 2019. Read more
Friday 25.10.2019 Uzbekistan - Latest Developments
This special issue prepared for the CIVICUS Monitor by the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA) and International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), provides an overview reflecting some of the main developments in freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly in Uzbekistan from April 2018 to October 2019. Read more
Thursday 24.10.2019 Belarus - Latest Developments
civil society critisize new regulations that impose fines on protesters, CSO participate in amendment process for legislation governing political parties and public associations, journalist threatened for documenting a case about the construction of a battery plant in the Brest region, Read more
Wednesday 23.10.2019 Ecuador - Latest Developments
On 1st October 2019, President Lenin Moreno announced an economic package meant to boost Ecuador’s economy. The measures were rejected by indigenous communities, unions and other groups, leading to mass protests. As previously reported on the Monitor, many social movements have resisted Moreno’s austerity policies, imposed as part of a USD 4.2 billion agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) signed in March 2019.
According to Ecuador’s Ombudsman Office, during the ten days of protest, eight people were killed, 1,340 were injured and 1,192 detained. Indigenous peoples were particularly targeted by security forces and negatively portrayed by pro-government media. President of CONAIE Jaime Vargas’ assessment differed from official statistics, accounting for ten people killed and over 2,000 injured. Read more
Wednesday 23.10.2019 Zambia - Latest Developments
Students from various universities stage protests outside South African embassy following xenophobic attacks in South Africa, Opposition leader arrested and charged for allegedly insulting President Edgar Lungu Read more
Wednesday 23.10.2019 Swaziland - Latest Developments
In the last few months, protest actions have escalated as workers, pro-democracy and human rights activists separately decry low wages for workers, high poverty levels in the country and call for an end to the continent’s last absolute monarchy. Read more
Tuesday 22.10.2019 Peru - Latest Developments
On 30th September 2019, President Martín Vizcarra dissolved Congress, Peru’s parliament, plunging Peru into a constitutional crisis. Vizcarra’s move came after the opposition-controlled Congress begn voting on new magistrates for the country’s Constitutional Court, bypassing a government proposal to reform rules for the Court’s election procedure. In a televised address, Vizcarra argued that the drastic measure was a last resort to force parliamentary elections, which have been repeatedly blocked by the legislature.
This update also covers a number of developments, including the violent repression of protests against copper mine Tía María, the detention of key union leaders during a miners protest and the proposal of a punitive defamation law. Read more
Tuesday 22.10.2019 Lebanon - Latest Developments
On 29th September 2019, hundreds of people took to the streets protesting against dire economic conditions. Read more
Tuesday 22.10.2019 Colombia - Latest Developments
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
Friday 18.10.2019 Costa Rica - Latest Developments
On 3rd September 2019, several Costa Rican unions marched in San José to protest a draft bill (No. 21.049) proposing new regulations for strikes. Proponents of the regulation argue that current practices generate an insecure economic environment. But, as previously reported on the Monitor, opponents believe this new law to be overly authoritarian, limiting the right to peaceful assembly.
In a separate development, on 21st September 2019, senior citizen Norman del Valle was forcibly removed from the San Ramón Regional Museum after expressing critical views about Cuba’s regime during an event at the museum. Read more