HRD acquitted

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


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'They treat us inhumanely', said campesino leader Medardo Mairena from prison

Harassment and attacks against human rights defenders and social leaders in Nicaragua continue. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has granted precautionary measures to protect the rights of more than a hundred people "who are at serious and urgent risk of irreparable harm to their human rights". Read more

'They treat us inhumanely', said campesino leader Medardo Mairena from prison

Kabila not running for another term, but human rights concerns persist

Four of the five Filimbi activists who have been in detention since December 2017 for mobilising citizens for the 31st December 2017 protests, as reported previously on the Monitor, were sentenced to one year in prison on 25 September 2018. Carbonne Beni, Grâce Tshionza, Cédric Kalonji and Mino Momponices were found guilty for the charges of insulting the Head of State, undermining the internal security of the state and publishing and distributing subversive writings. Earlier on 17 August 2018, the Public Prosecutor requested a three year prison sentence for the five activists. Read more

Kabila not running for another term, but human rights concerns persist

Critics of military junta continue to be criminalised

The military junta continues to use sedition and other laws restricting expression and assembly against its critics. The courts have thrown out cases of criminal defamation filed by businesses. In the Deep South activists continue to be detained under martial law. Read more

Critics of military junta continue to be criminalised

Hun Sen increases restrictions on media and online expression in Cambodia ahead of elections

In the lead up to the 29th July elections, the Hun Sen government has increased restrictions on online expression and the media with a series of directives and guidelines. Concerns about the clampdown on press freedom were raised by three UN experts in June 2018. Restrictive laws such as the lese-majeste provisions continue to used and activists remain jailed. There has still be a lack of accountability around the killing of political analyst Kem Ley. Read more

Hun Sen increases restrictions on media and online expression in Cambodia ahead of elections

Deadly anti-Kabila protests followed by wave of arrests of social movement activists

After the deadly crackdown on protests on 31st December 2017, Comité laïc de coordination (CLC) close to the Catholic Church organised other protests after mass on 21st January and 25th February, both of which were brutally repressed by security forces. Read more

Deadly anti-Kabila protests followed by wave of arrests of social movement activists

Unending restrictions on civic freedoms

In recent months, Turkey has continued to experience serious violations of freedom of expression. The Government has mainly relied on the legal system to target anyone who express critical opinion, including journalists, teachers, academics and others. Read more

Unending restrictions on civic freedoms

A surge in travel bans leaves activists and journalists unable to speak out overseas

Several journalists and activists were banned from traveling abroad mainly in the context of Cuba general elections Read more

 A surge in travel bans leaves activists and journalists unable to speak out overseas