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Sociopolitical crisis triggers attacks against HRDs

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expressed concerns regarding an increase of harassment against human rights defenders (HRDs) since 11th March 2019. Since March, local CSOs have documented an increase in defamatory messages from government authorities against activists. In fact, in the last few weeks at least five people were arrested without a court order after previously being identified on television for their work. Read more

Sociopolitical crisis triggers attacks against HRDs

Government poised to decriminalise libel

During a speech at the inaugural Media Cocktail, gathering over 120 journalists, editors and media owners, on 5th December 2018, President Julius Maada Bio said that his government was in 'an advanced stage' in the preparations to repeal part V of the 1965 Public Order Act that criminalises libel. Read more

Government poised to decriminalise libel

Protesters in Myanmar face arbitrary arrest, prosecution and excessive force

In the last few months, protesters have been arrested and prosecuted under the Penal Code and the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law for their activism. Some also faced excessive use of force by the police. Human rights groups also report the ongoing persecution of critics while the two Reuters journalists who were investigating the military crackdown of the Rohingya in 2017 have spent a year in jail. Read more

Protesters in Myanmar face arbitrary arrest, prosecution and excessive force

Assault and harassment of HRD highlight severe repression of civic space in Equatorial Guinea

On 15th March 2019, human rights activist and the Vice President of the CSO El Centro de Estudios e Iniciativas para el Desarrollo (CEID; Center of Studies and Initiatives for Development) Alfredo Okenve was prevented from receiving an award from the French and German embassies for his human rights work. On the morning of 15th March 2019, police officers arrested and interrogated Okenve's cousin, Joaquín Mangué Obama, on the whereabouts of Okenve in Malabo Read more

Assault and harassment of HRD highlight severe repression of civic space in Equatorial Guinea

Despite international scrutiny, Vietnam continues to conduct surveillance, harass and jail activists

Despite the scrutiny at the UN and by the EU, the persecution of activists has continued over the last few months. Some have been jailed for their peaceful expression while others have been intimidated and harassed. Further, the draconian cyber security law came into force in January 2019. Read more

Despite international scrutiny, Vietnam continues to conduct surveillance, harass and jail activists


Persecution of activists continue while abuses against Uighurs remain in the spotlight

China has continued to arrest, prosecute and jail activists and lawyers. In one case, dozens of workers and students are being held for labour rights protests linked to the Jasic Technology factory in Shenzhen. Human rights groups have continued to raise concerns about abuses in Xinjiang against the Uighurs while a new report on human rights defenders in China says they continue to work under hostile conditions and face reprisals. Read more

Persecution of activists continue while abuses against Uighurs remain in the spotlight

Civil society groups denied registration while journalists and activists are being silenced

The Pakistan authorities have continued to deny registration to local civil society groups and expel international NGOs. They also announced a security audit of NGOs over suspicions of links to foreign agencies. Journalists continue to face arrest or warnings from Twitter that they had violated Pakistani laws. The crackdown on the ethnic Pashtun movement has persisted, as well coverage of it in the media. Read more

Civil society groups denied registration while journalists and activists are being silenced


Indictments against news site Rappler an attempt to intimidate and control the pubic narrative

News website Rappler and its chief Maria Ressa is facing two indictments for cyber-libel and taxation that human rights groups believe to be politically motivated. Government critic Senator Leila de Lima has spent two years in arbitrary detention. In January 2019, Randy Felix Malayao, a human rights defender and peace consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) was shot dead Read more

Indictments against news site Rappler an attempt to intimidate and control the pubic narrative