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New Australian law to crackdown on violent videos on social media may lead to censorship

In April 2019, the government passed legislation to crackdown on violent videos that critics believe could undermine freedom of expression. In February 2019 aboriginal activists occupied the Parliament foyer around environmental issues; in March 2019, activists protested a coal mine owned by Indian multinational Adani while in April 2019, animal rights activists organised coordinated protests against the meat industry. Read more

New Australian law to crackdown on violent videos on social media may lead to censorship

Student activists detained during protest against evictions in Taiwan

In March 2019, student activists were detained while protesting against the eviction of the Daguan community while migrant workers from the Philippines and Indonesia demonstrated against violence and poor work conditions. In January 2019, the Taiwan police dismantled the occupation camp of indigenous protesters who had been protesting for 699 days. Read more

Student activists detained during protest against evictions in Taiwan

Criminal defamation laws used to prosecute online criticism of religion and monarchy

In recent months there have been arrests and prosecution of individuals under defamation laws for criticising the monarchy and religion online while human rights defenders continue to face police questioning for dissent. A women’s day march has come under attack while the indigenous Orang Asli community continues to defend their land against encroachment. Read more

Criminal defamation laws used to prosecute online criticism of religion and monarchy

Massive protests over the killing of young indigenous man Camilo Catrillanca

On 15th November 2018, thousands mobilised in towns and cities in Chile to condemn the assassination of young indigenous man, Camilo Catrillanca by the specialised police unit, known as Comando Jungla (Jungle Command). Read more

Massive protests over the killing of young indigenous man Camilo Catrillanca

Political crisis undermines civic space freedoms

In the context of Venezuela's political, economic and humanitarian crisis, human rights defenders, opposition leaders and civil society organisations have been subjected to harassment and intimidation for their opposition to the government or for denouncing human rights violations. Read more

 Political crisis undermines civic space freedoms
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At least 18 social leaders murdered in the first two months of 2019

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

 At least 18 social leaders murdered in the first two months of 2019

Online safety law raises fears of increased censorship in Fiji after hotly contested election

The Online Safety Bill came into force in January 2019, which critics are concerned would curtail freedom of expression. In December 2018, United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment visited Fiji and said that during his visit he heard concerns expressed by environmentalists and human rights activists about being threatened’. Read more

Online safety law raises fears of increased censorship in Fiji after hotly contested election

Arrest of 14 people at a pipeline protest prompts national outrage

Thousands of people took to the streets in multiple cities to protest the arrest of 14 demonstrators at a protest camp in British Columbia on 8th January 2019 over a proposed pipeline running through First Nations territory. Read more

Arrest of 14 people at a pipeline protest prompts national outrage

Government shutdown drives workers to protest Washington's inaction

On 3rd December 2018, hundreds of people protested at the Wisconsin state Capital building to voice opposition to legislation that would diminish the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. Read more

Government shutdown drives workers to protest Washington's inaction

Anti-encryption law rammed through Australian parliament could impact global privacy

In December 2018, Australia’s parliament passed the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 that will allow the country's intelligence and law enforcement agencies to demand access to end-to-end encrypted digital communications. Read more

Anti-encryption law rammed through Australian parliament could impact global privacy