Friday 30.8.2019 China - Latest Developments
In the last two months, there have been continued reports of excessive and unlawful force against protesters with some being arbitrarily arrested, harassment and attacks against journalists, attacks against protesters by thugs and the continued failure to hold the perpetrators to account. In the last 24 hours, three prominent activists have been arrested. Read more
Wednesday 21.8.2019 Guinea - Latest Developments
On 13th June 2019, one person died and at least 28 people were injured when clashes broke out during a protest in N’Zérékoré, a city in the south of Guinea. The protest was called by the Front national pour la défense de la Constitution (FNDC; National Front for the Protection of the Constitution), a platform of opposition and some members of civil society and trade unions formed in April 2019, to demonstrate against a change of the constitution to allow president Condé a third term beyond 2020. Read more
Monday 19.8.2019 Honduras - Latest Developments
Protests against education and health reforms in Honduras, organised by teachers’ and health workers' movement Plataforma Nacional en Defensa de la Salud Y Educación (Platform for the Defence of Health and Education), have continued to be met with strong repression in June and July 2019. As of 21 June 2019, news outlets reported at least 3 dead and 20 injured in protests across the country.
This update also discusses a court case against Tolupan indigenous leaders, the killing of trans activist Bessy Ferrera, intimidation attempts of a community leader in the Rio Blanco community, the killing of journalist and transperson Santiago Carbajal, and Honduras' new Criminal Code which experts consider overly restrictive in regard to civic space. Read more
Monday 19.8.2019 Canada - Latest Developments
In early July 2019, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) released a trove of documents, known as the Protest Papers, indicating that Canada's intelligence apparatus coordinated with energy companies to spy on several groups engaged in peaceful advocacy and protest. In the period covered by this update, several protests have also taken place in defense of environmental causes, LGBTQ and religious rights, and in solidarity with Hong Kong demonstrations. Journalist Ben Makuch handed over to the police all his communications with a source, after years of court battles.
Thursday 15.8.2019 Guatemala - Latest Developments
Amnesty International published a report on Guatemala called "Last chance for justice", which describes the worrying situation of human rights defenders in the country. According to Amnesty’s analysis, over the past two years the highest Guatemalan authorities have taken a series of measures to halt the last decade’s advances in access to justice. In this period, human rights defenders faced continuous threats, delegitimisation , stigmatisation, intimidation and attacks. Read more
Thursday 25.7.2019 Bolivia - Latest Developments
Amnesty International's report on Bolivia exposes an alarming environment for human rights defenders and civil society organisations in the country - where these actors face a variety of threats and accusations by high-level authorities.
In the Los Yungas region, recurrent protests from coca growers have escalated into violence and led to arrests.
While there has been a positive development for freedom of association in Bolivia, with the removal of a law that financially strangled independent media, there have also also been a number of incidents signalling that political interference in journalism is far from over. This update covers the period from 25th of May to 8th of July 2019. Read more
Tuesday 23.7.2019 Albania - Latest Developments
Opposition anti-government protests continued throughout the spring of 2019. Event organisers and political opposition claimed that Albanian citizens have never been more dissatisfied with the government in the nation's history. On 16th March 2019, the country saw its largest protest in Tirana where protesters symbolically surrounded the prime minister's office and then proceeded to Parliament. But as tensions rose, clashes broke out between protesters and Albanian authorities. Read more
Wednesday 17.7.2019 United States of America - Latest Developments
In the period covered by this update, from 20th May to the 8th July 2019, there have been coordinated rallies and demonstrations across the US on issues ranging from migration, women's rights, public housing and climate change. In many cases, demonstrations resulted in the arrest of some participants. There have also been a number of developments related to freedom of association and expression - in particular, indictments in the Assange WikiLeaks case which have drawn concerns over the state of press freedom in the country. Read more
Monday 8.7.2019 Serbia - Latest Developments
As we've previously documented on the CIVICUS Monitor, conditions for civil society in Serbia remain constrained. In an indication of this worsening situation for civil society, the European Commission (EC) recently highlighted Serbia's failure to improve civic space. Read more
Friday 5.7.2019 Sierra Leone - Latest Developments
As president Julius Maada Bio opened the second session of Sierra Leone's Parliament on 2nd May 2019, supporters of the ruling party - the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) - physically assaulted journalist Amira Tatayea Bangura outside of the Parliament, said the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA). Bangura, a reporter for Sierra Express Media, was covering a protest action of opposition members of parliament, who walked out of the Parliament in protest of what they call SLPP's bad governance. Read more