indigenous groups

Honduran journalist murdered as all-out assault on media freedom continues

On 17th January, journalist Igor Padilla was murdered in San Pedro Sula. Five days earlier, two journalists from the same media outlet had been threatened with a video posted on social media.
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Honduran journalist murdered as all-out assault on media freedom continues

Greed for natural resources fuels attacks against indigenous people in Peru

On 3rd February, 60 armed men linked to illegal loggers entered in the territories of the Meantari community and threatened to kill the 25 Asháninkas families living there. Read more

Greed for natural resources fuels attacks against indigenous people in Peru

Conflict over mining on indigenous lands leads to widespread civic space abuses

In early January the environmental organisation Acción Ecológica denounced government attempts to close it down. Read more

Conflict over mining on indigenous lands leads to widespread civic space abuses

Mapuche protest in Santiago ends in repression

On 17th January, around 200 Mapuche activists took the streets of Santiago de Chile, demanding the release of political prisoners and an end to repression. Read more

Mapuche protest in Santiago ends in repression

Indigenous community protests repressed as clothing giant Benetton takes more land

On 10th and 11th January security forces violently repressed the Mapuche community of Cushamen, in the Chubut province. Read more

Indigenous community protests repressed as clothing giant Benetton takes more land

Civil society fights back against threatened closure of environmental CSO

On 20th December, the Ecuadorian government threatened to dissolve Acción Ecológica, an environmental CSO raising awareness on the impact of a planned mega-copper mine on the lands of the Shuar indigenous people.
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Civil society fights back against threatened closure of environmental CSO

Human rights defenders continue to be killed in Guatemala

A journalist, a union activist and an environmental activist were murdered in separate events in early November.
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Human rights defenders continue to be killed in Guatemala

Authorities continue to use surveillance, threats of deregistration against civil society

Environment Defence Canada, a small environment group opposing government pipeline policies, was notified that its charitable status will be revoked for being too political.
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Authorities continue to use surveillance, threats of deregistration against civil society

Tougher laws choke civil society independence in Bangladesh

The authorities in Bangladesh have continued their harassment of civil society through the new legislation designed to choke independent civil society. Read more

Tougher laws choke civil society independence in Bangladesh

Hate speech spikes in wake of Trump victory

Civil liberties groups have reported a surge in hate speech and crime incidents across the US since the November 8th election of Donald Trump, whose campaign was criticized for its xenophobic and a divisive rhetoric. Read more

Hate speech spikes in wake of Trump victory