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Flawed prosecution around killing of Mongolian pro-democracy activist

Two individuals convicted for the 1998 assassination of a pro-democracy activist and former parliamentarian were tortured while in custody to confess. In April-May 2019, the UNSpecial Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders visited Mongolia and received reports about cases of discrimination, intimidation, harassment, stigmatisation and accusations against human rights defenders Read more

Flawed prosecution around killing of Mongolian pro-democracy activist

Repression of peaceful assembly has become a pattern in Honduras

In September 2019, Hondura's police forces repressed protests against a housing project near La Tigra National Park as well as a demonstration by opposition party Libre. Two women HRDs documenting repression at La Tigra were subjected to intimidation attempts. In a separate development, on 22 September 2019, the police detained land rights defender María Concepción Hernández and charged her with usurping land. The complainant, Jorge Cassis Leiva, is a landowner reported to have repeatedly harassed and threatened the residents of Playa Blanca in the Zacate Grande peninsula.

In this period, one journalist was killed and another threatened at gunpoint. In a positive development, on 29 August 2019, Honduras’ National Congress announced the decision to remove articles on “crimes against honour”, such as defamation, libel and slander, from the new Criminal Code. Read more

Repression of peaceful assembly has become a pattern in Honduras

Puerto Rico protests lead to Governor’s resignation

This civic space update covers mass demonstrations against corruption in Puerto Rico in July 2019, federal immigration policies in the U.S. over July-September as well as protests and counter-protests on multiple issues. It also details a number of incidents related to freedom of expression, including a number of episodes indicating that harassment at border is becoming more common for journalists and activists. Read more

Puerto Rico protests lead to Governor’s resignation

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reports persistent repression of dissent in Nicaragua

Despite the negotiations between Nicaragua’s government and the opposition coalition Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy), and notwithstanding the release of 56 political prisoners earlier in 2019, the repression of dissent has persisted in Nicaragua. This is the conclusion of the latest report of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the country’s situation, published on 4th September 2019. At the same time, international writers’ association PEN International stated that the repression of freedom of expression in Nicaragua is becoming more acute. Read more

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reports persistent repression of dissent in Nicaragua
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Venezuelan government continues to repress freedom of association

On 8th September 2019, Venezuelan human rights organisations reported that the country’s human rights situation has worsened since the visit of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, in June 2019. According to Marino Alvarado, founding member and coordinator of Programa Venezolano de Educación Acción en Derechos Humanos (Venezuelan Human Rights Action Education Programme - PROVEA), the number of political prisoners has increased and there is no sign that Nicolás Maduro’s government will stop persecuting dissenters. In addition, institutions such as the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Ombudsman’s Office have not investigated any violations and the government has made no effort to implement the recommendations outlined in the High Commissioner’s report on Venezuela from July 2019. Read more

Venezuelan government continues to repress freedom of association

Civil society meeting in Bolivia calls for an enabling environment for human rights defenders

On 30th and 31st July 2019, Bolivia’s Unión Nacional de Instituciones para el Trabajo de Acción Social (National Union of Institutions for Social Action Work - Unitas) convened a National Meeting of Rights Defenders. The event sought to outline strategies for collective action in tackling rights restrictions as well as the risks faced by human rights defenders. This report also covers the detention of anti-government demonstrator and a violent protest by bus drivers, as well as reports of intimidation and harassment of two journalists. Read more

Civil society meeting in Bolivia calls for an enabling environment for human rights defenders

West Papuan protests met with internet shutdown, arrests of activists and excessive force

For the last few weeks West Papuans have been protesting attacks against Papuan students in Surabaya and racial insults hurled against them. In response the authorities shut down the internet in many parts of the Papuan region, arrested political activists and used excessive force against protesters with some killed or injured Read more

West Papuan protests met with internet shutdown, arrests of activists and excessive force


Ten journalists killed in Mexico this year as violence against media escalates

Escalating violence against media and communication professionals has put Mexico in the spotlight as one of the deadliest countries in the world for media workers. At least ten journalists have been killed in 2019, and five of these assassinations took place between the beginning of June and end of August. Read more

Ten journalists killed in Mexico this year as violence against media escalates
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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