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Protests in Honduras have left at least 3 demonstrators dead and several injured

Protests against education and health reforms in Honduras, organised by teachers’ and health workers' movement Plataforma Nacional en Defensa de la Salud Y Educación (Platform for the Defence of Health and Education), have continued to be met with strong repression in June and July 2019. As of 21 June 2019, news outlets reported at least 3 dead and 20 injured in protests across the country.

This update also discusses a court case against Tolupan indigenous leaders, the killing of trans activist Bessy Ferrera, intimidation attempts of a community leader in the Rio Blanco community, the killing of journalist and transperson Santiago Carbajal, and Honduras' new Criminal Code which experts consider overly restrictive in regard to civic space. Read more

Protests in Honduras have left at least 3 demonstrators dead and several injured

Journalist killed, as activists protest against corruption in government

journalist Cherkasy journalist Vadym Komarov attacked and severely injured by unknown attacker, activists protest against increasing corruption scanadals in the defence department, as CSOs caution the new president against crossing red lines. Read more

Journalist killed, as activists protest against corruption in government

EU highlights Serbia's failure to improve civic space

As we've previously documented on the CIVICUS Monitor, conditions for civil society in Serbia remain constrained. In an indication of this worsening situation for civil society, the European Commission (EC) recently highlighted Serbia's failure to improve civic space. Read more

EU highlights Serbia's failure to improve civic space

Despite progress on HRD bill, attacks against activists and media persist in the Philippines

A Human Rights Defenders bill moved closer to become law in June 2019 after it was approved by the House of Representatives. Despite this, the UN says the situation of human rights continues to deteriorate. In March 2019, more charges were filed against critical news outlet Rappler while in April 2019, activist Bernardino Patigas was killed by an unknown gunman. Further, NGOs are facing scrutiny under the guise of fighting terrorism and money laundering and are taking the threats against them to the Supreme Court. Read more

Despite progress on HRD bill, attacks against activists and media persist in the Philippines

Mexico: two journalists killed and several others attacked as government struggles to protect

On 2 May 2019, Telésforo Santiago Enríquez, a journalist and advocate for indigenous people’s rights, was shot and killed in Oaxaca. On 16 May 2019, the body of an independent journalist enrolled in the government's protection programme for journalists was found outside of a bar in Playa del Carmen. Attacks against 5 other journalists were documented in this period.

On 29 April 2019, the Mexican Senate approved a labour reform law that, among other things, aims to provide more control to workers over collective bargaining contracts. Meanwhile, thousands of people took to the streets to protest the current government. Read more

Mexico: two journalists killed and several others attacked as government struggles to protect

Indigenous leader killed and legislation to protect rights defenders archived in Costa Rica

On 18th March 2019, Bribri indigenous leader Sergio Rojas Ortiz was shot and killed in his home in the Salitre Indigenous Territory. According to human rights organisation Forest Peoples Programme, neighbours heard 15 gunshots fired during the attack.

On 20th May 2019, 56 civil society organisations published a joint statement asking for urgent measures to protect rights defenders. The statement highlighted that a first step could be taken in the Legislative Assembly by approving legislative proposal No. 19.610 to modify Costa Rica’s "Law for the Protection of Human Rights Activists". On 4th June 2019, deputies voted against an extension to the deadline for discussion of the project, allowing it to be automatically archived. Read more

Indigenous leader killed and legislation to protect rights defenders archived in Costa Rica

Civil society urges new parliament to empower commission to probe murder and disappearances

A Presidential commission to probe unresolved murders and disappearances including of blogger and activist Yameen Rasheed and the abduction of journalist Ahmed Rilwan is still lacking investigative powers. A report released by the Maldives Democracy Network in April 2019 highlighted that despite case of threats and intimidation against human rights defenders, the police have failed to address this adequately Read more

Civil society urges new parliament to empower commission to probe murder and disappearances


30th April 2019: another peak in repression

The escalating tensions in Venezuela caused by the dispute of power between Juan Guaido and the ruling party have witnessed an increase in violations of civic freedoms. 30th April 2019, began as a day which could have marked the return of democracy to Venezuela. Opposition leader and interim President, Juan Guaidó appeared in the streets with the opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez who was previously sentenced to 14 years in prison and held under house arrest. The two politicians called for Venezuelans to take the streets and demand that Nicolas Maduro step down from power. Read more

30th April 2019: another peak in repression

Deplorable Taliban attack on aid NGO reflects CSOs fears of losing civil rights in the peace process

On 8th May 2019, Taliban attacked the offices of an aid international NGO in Kabul, Counterpart International, killing nine, including three civilians, and wounding at least 20 others, according to initial reports. Read more

Deplorable Taliban attack on aid NGO reflects CSOs fears of losing civil rights in the peace process