Tuesday 5.11.2019 China - Latest Developments
Over the last two months there have been continued reports of arbitrary arrests, brutal beatings and torture by the police, a ban on face masks and attacks on protest leaders and journalists. Further, protesters have been targeted by trolls on social media and Apple deleted a protest app. Read more
Monday 4.11.2019 Ethiopia - Latest Developments
Maekelawi, the infamous police station in the heart of Addis Ababa, was opened for the first time to the public and former detainees, Ethiopia’s parliament passed a new election law ahead of elections scheduled for May 2020- opposition parties however said the changes make it more difficult for them, protests which began against prime minister Abiy Ahmed erupted into chaos and ethnic violence in Addis Ababa and the Oromia region leaving at least 78 people dead, 400 arrested, popular political satire show, Min Litazez was taken off the air. Read more
Thursday 31.10.2019 Chile - Latest Developments
Over a million people took to the streets in Chile during October 2019, in what started as a protest against higher transportation tariffs and developed into a nationwide movement. On 4th October 2019, a 30 peso (US$ 0.04) increase in metro fares was announced, prompting student-led protests. As the government cracked down on demonstrators, thousands of people joined in to express their general discontent with Chile’s high living costs and growing inequality. Read more
Thursday 31.10.2019 Kyrgyzstan - Latest Developments
This update covers developments concerning freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression in Kyrgyzstan from the beginning of July to the beginning of October 2019. The International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and the Legal Prosperity Foundation (LPF) have prepared the update within the framework of their cooperation with the CIVICUS Monitor. Read more
Wednesday 30.10.2019 Kenya - Latest Developments
High Court in Nairobi ruled that Rastafarianism is a religion like any other and its followers including students have the right to expression in their mode of dressing, civil society organisations, submitted shadow reports for Kenya’s third Universal Periodic Review, Blogger charged with treason for publishing photos of police officers killed during an explosion by al-Shabab militants, , for the first time, Kenya’s new national census included a third gender - intersex - on the list of possible responses to the gender question, protests dispersed by police in Mombasa and Meru counties Read more
Wednesday 23.10.2019 Ecuador - Latest Developments
On 1st October 2019, President Lenin Moreno announced an economic package meant to boost Ecuador’s economy. The measures were rejected by indigenous communities, unions and other groups, leading to mass protests. As previously reported on the Monitor, many social movements have resisted Moreno’s austerity policies, imposed as part of a USD 4.2 billion agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) signed in March 2019.
According to Ecuador’s Ombudsman Office, during the ten days of protest, eight people were killed, 1,340 were injured and 1,192 detained. Indigenous peoples were particularly targeted by security forces and negatively portrayed by pro-government media. President of CONAIE Jaime Vargas’ assessment differed from official statistics, accounting for ten people killed and over 2,000 injured. Read more
Wednesday 23.10.2019 Swaziland - Latest Developments
In the last few months, protest actions have escalated as workers, pro-democracy and human rights activists separately decry low wages for workers, high poverty levels in the country and call for an end to the continent’s last absolute monarchy. Read more
Tuesday 22.10.2019 Guinea - Latest Developments
The Front national de la défense de la Constitution (FNDC; National Front for the Defense of the Constitution) a coalition of opposition parties, civil society organisations and trade unions formed in April 2019, vowed to use 'all legal means' to oppose any changes in the Constitution, which could see the two-term limit for presidents removed, allowing president Alpha Condé to run for a third term. Nationwide protests, called for by FNDC, were repressed, with at least 9 people killed, while protest leaders were arrested in the days leading up to the protests. Read more
Tuesday 22.10.2019 Peru - Latest Developments
On 30th September 2019, President Martín Vizcarra dissolved Congress, Peru’s parliament, plunging Peru into a constitutional crisis. Vizcarra’s move came after the opposition-controlled Congress begn voting on new magistrates for the country’s Constitutional Court, bypassing a government proposal to reform rules for the Court’s election procedure. In a televised address, Vizcarra argued that the drastic measure was a last resort to force parliamentary elections, which have been repeatedly blocked by the legislature.
This update also covers a number of developments, including the violent repression of protests against copper mine Tía María, the detention of key union leaders during a miners protest and the proposal of a punitive defamation law. Read more
Tuesday 22.10.2019 Colombia - Latest Developments
Between August and September 2019, 7 political candidates were killed during the municipal and regional election campaign in Colombia. According to news reports, at least 62 others have been threatened or attacked. In separate incidents, community organiser Yunier Moreno was killed in Caquetá, and two members of the Pueblo Nasa del Norte del Cauca Indigenous Guard were killed in an attack against a number of members of the community.
At the end of September and throughout October, the police acted to repress protests by students in Bogotá resulting in violent clashes.
On 18th October 2019, Javier Córdoba Chaguendo, a journalist and host with community radio station Planeta Stereo, was killed while working in the station's studio in Tumaco, Nariño. Read more