HRD killing

One more HRD killed in Guatemala, 21 have been killed so far in 2018

The environment for human rights defenders in Guatemala continues to be increasingly hostile as another human rights defender was killed this year. Read more

 One more HRD killed in Guatemala, 21 have been killed so far in 2018

Conviction of former General involved in disappearances of activists important step for justice

In September 2018, the courts convicted retired army General Jovito Palparan, nicknamed "The Butcher" and sentenced him to life imprisonment for the kidnapping of two leftist student activists in 2006. Read more

Conviction of former General involved in disappearances of activists important step for justice

Environment for defenders continues to be hostile with one WHRD killed in July

On 28th July 2018, the authorities found the dead body of Juana Raymundo, a women activist, Ixil indigenous leader and member of Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (Campesino Development Committee, CODECA). Read more

 Environment for defenders continues to be hostile with one WHRD killed in July

Brazil continues to be a hostile place for journalists, two killed in recent months

On 21st June 2018, radio journalist Jairo Sousa was killed by two unidentified people who shot him twice in the back when he was arriving at Rádio Pérola FM, the radio station where he hosted a program. Read more

Brazil continues to be a hostile place for journalists, two killed in recent months

An ever-closing space for dissent: India cracks down on human rights defenders

On 28th August 2018, five Indian HRDs were arrested in a series of raids. Sudha Bharadwaj in Faridabad, Gautam Navlakha in Delhi, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira in Mumbai, and P. Varavara Rao in Hyderabad were among the prominent HRDs detained in the crackdown. Reports note that there may have been some unconfirmed raids and Indian authorities have signalled that further arrests could follow. Read more

An ever-closing space for dissent: India cracks down on human rights defenders

Attacks against HRDs and journalists continue to increase

As reported previously in the Monitor, the environment for human rights defenders in Colombia continues to be hostile and it has worsened over the last few months Read more

Attacks against HRDs and journalists continue to increase

Journalist receives death threats

On 15th June 2018, Asociación de Periodistas de El Salvador (Journalists’ Association from El Salvador - APES) reported that the journalist Warner Velásquez from El Salvador Times received death threats. Read more

Journalist receives death threats


India: anti-corruption activists under attack

Recently, the issue of transparency and accountability in India has been a flashpoint for the persecution of anti-corruption activists. As of March 2018, 67 people have been murdered for allegedly seeking information under the legislation. This number has increased in the last three months as two more activists have been killed for their work demanding transparency.

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India: anti-corruption activists under attack

President Kiir seeks to extend term limit, while aid workers are killed and abducted

A Bill has been tabled in parliament to extend the term of the current government, as aid workers are targeted, killed and abducted in the country. Read more

President Kiir seeks to extend term limit, while aid workers are killed and abducted