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Kuwait fails to implement UPR recommendations, HRDs defending Bedoon rights systematically targeted

Kuwait did not implement any of the 13 recommendations in relation to civic space since its last Universal Periodic Review in 2015, Bedoon activists and protesters were arrested, detained and charged for holding demonstrations, The government continues to use the Cyber Crimes Law to arrest journalists and online critics of the authorities. Read more

Kuwait fails to implement UPR recommendations, HRDs defending Bedoon rights systematically targeted

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

Several arrested during protests

On 24th July 2019, a protest erupted at Serrekunda Market following the death of a vendor, Ousman Darboe, following what was perceived by protesters as due to police brutality. According to media reports, more than a thousand people gathered, with banners saying 'No to police brutality'. The protest turned violent, with protesters reportedly throwing stones at the deployed Police Intervention Unit (PIU), who responded with tear gas to disperse the protesters. The house belonging to the head of the police Anti-Crime Unit was reportedly burned down by angry protesters. A total of 37 people were arrested, including rapper Killa Ace, and were charged on 8 counts, including arson, rioting and unlawful assembly. Read more

Several arrested during protests

Journalists attacked, CSO event raided by authorities

Rwandans and Ugandan civil society file lawsuits following border restrictions and harassment, Opposition party leader Bobi Wine speaks to human rights defenders in Chicago, Government ordered to compensate family of tortured man, IDAHOT event raided by authorities, Coalition of HRDs protest abuses, Journalists attacked in line of duty, Journalist charged withfor criminal libel, Investigations link government to spying on opposition members, while in positive news; Journalist and HRD receive human rights awards. Read more

Journalists attacked, CSO event raided by authorities

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

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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Malta maintains a free and enabling space for civil society. The freedom to associate is guaranteed in law although there have been minor problems for LGBTI persons in the past. Read more


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Civil society organisations working on environmental issues continue to be subject to harassment and intimidation. Several cases of detention of human rights defenders for raising awareness on environmental issues have been documented. Read more