release of HRDs

Abelino Chub Caal released amid increasing attacks against HRDs

On 26th April 2019, the land rights defender Abelino Chub Caal was found not guilty for charges of 'aggravated land grabbing' (usurpación agravada), 'arson' (incendio), 'coercion' (coacción), 'illicit association' (asociación ilícita) and belonging to 'illicit armed groups' (agrupaciones ilegales de gente armada). He had been held in detention for over 800 days since his initial arrest. Read more

Abelino Chub Caal released amid increasing attacks against HRDs


Sociopolitical crisis triggers attacks against HRDs

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expressed concerns regarding an increase of harassment against human rights defenders (HRDs) since 11th March 2019. Since March, local CSOs have documented an increase in defamatory messages from government authorities against activists. In fact, in the last few weeks at least five people were arrested without a court order after previously being identified on television for their work. Read more

Sociopolitical crisis triggers attacks against HRDs

Political prisoners released while repression of protests continues

On 21st February 2019, Nicaraguan President announced a call to negotiations and dialogue to find a solution to the sociopolitical crisis that began in April 2018. Read more

Political prisoners released while repression of protests continues

#OdupriSe builds unity against government corruption

Montenegro has participated wave of mass protests sweeping across the Western Balkans. The regional movement, dubbed the "Balkan Spring" has witnessed weekly protests held in Albania, Montenegro and Serbia calling for government reform. In Podgorica, a series of protests under the slogan “Odupri se (Resist!) – 97.000” saw thousands of citizens gather in weekly anti-government protests since early February 2019. Read more

#OdupriSe builds unity against government corruption



More than 100 arrested during opposition protests, several journalists detained

In the weekend of 26th - 27th January 2019, more than 100 protesters were arrested during 'marches blanches' ('white marches') in Douala, Yaoundé, Dschang, Bafoussam and Bafang. The opposition party Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun (MRC) had called, on 26th January 2019, to protest to denounce what they call electoral fraud during the country's presidential elections on 7th October 2018. Read more

More than 100 arrested during opposition protests, several journalists detained
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