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Ongoing attacks on journalists and activists, as elections draw near

Over the last few months, journalists and activists in India have faced attacks and persecution for their work . Government critics have been charged with sedition and laws have been used to target civil society Read more

Ongoing attacks on journalists and activists, as elections draw near

Two land activists murdered in Brazil

On 8th December 2018, land activists José Bernardo da Silva and Rodrigo Celestino members of Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (Landless Rural Workers Movement, MST) were brutally murdered by masked and heavily armed assailants. Read more

Two land activists murdered in Brazil

Wave of killing of human rights defenders continues

As reported previously on the Monitor, the environment for human rights defenders and social leaders in Colombia remains hostile, and the wave of attacks continues unabated. Read more

Wave of killing of human rights defenders continues


Women's rights come to the fore in India

On 25th September 2018, Bollywood actor Tanushree Dutta alleged that she was sexually harassed by director-actor, Nana Patekar on a film set in 2008. Speaking on television, the actor recollected her struggle after the incident. The Tanushree Dutta interview, single-handedly sparked a #MeToo movement in India. Thousands of women took to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment, assault, violence and sexual violence. Read more

Women's rights come to the fore in India

Human rights lawyer assisting families of slain sugar farmers in Sagay gunned down

On 6th November 2018, human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos was gunned down by unidentified men in the Philippines. Ramos had recently been providing free legal assistance to the families of nine sugar farm workers who were killed in Sagay City on 20th October. Read more

Human rights lawyer assisting families of slain sugar farmers in Sagay gunned down


Civil society activists among those killed in violence around elections

The Afghan parliamentary elections was held on 20 October 2018 amid violent attacks against civilians, candidates and activists Read more

Civil society activists among those killed in violence around elections

Journalist Jones Abiri finally released, media stakeholders reject Press Council Bill

On 15th August 2018, journalist Jones Abiri was released on bail after being detained for over two years, largely incommunicado, by the Department of State Security (DSS) without appearing in front of a court. Abiri, publisher and editor-in-chief of the newspaper Weekly Source, was arrested on 21st July 2016 by armed agents of the State Security Service at his office in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, accusing Abiri of being the leader of separatist group Joint Revolutionary Council of the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force in a statement sent by the security service to Nigerian journalists in July 2016. Read more

Journalist Jones Abiri finally released, media stakeholders reject Press Council Bill

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