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Undaunted by severe state suppression of peaceful assembly, Venezuelans protest

Protests in Venezuela have continued for over two months now as the economic and political crisis worsens. Observatorio Venezolano de Conflictividad Social (Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict) recorded at least 1,791 protests taking place across the country from the beginning of April to end of May 2017. Read more

Undaunted by severe state suppression of peaceful assembly, Venezuelans protest

5,000 face trial for taking part in anti-government protests

In late March 2017, the State of Emergency Command Post announced that 4,996 of a total of 26,130 people detained for taking part in protests will be taken to court, according to state media. Read more

5,000 face trial for taking part in anti-government protests

Israeli security forces use excessive force against solidarity protesters in Palestine

The human rights situation in Palestine is of grave concern, as Israeli security forces at times act with impunity against Palestinians, especially those being held in Israeli-run prisons, where the living conditions are deplorable and ill-treatment and torture are commonplace. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights has documented numerous cases of inhumane and degrading treatment of prisoners. Read more

Israeli security forces use excessive force against solidarity protesters in Palestine

Lethal force used against farmers as drought drives protest

The worst drought in 140 years in Southern India has driven farmers to protest against the lack of government assistance to help those in need. Read more

Lethal force used against farmers as drought drives protest



Iranian authorities censor media ahead of presidential elections

Since the Presidential Election campaign officially started on 28 April 2017, the Iranian authorities have imposed further restrictions on freedom of expression and on social media, preventing independent media reporting. Read more

Iranian authorities censor media ahead of presidential elections

Crackdown against human rights defenders ahead of Bahrain's UPR

The overall situation for human rights defenders and political activists in Bahrain remains extremely worrisome. On 1st May 2017, during Bahrain's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) hearings, a number of governments expressed serious concerns over human rights violations in the country. Read more

Crackdown against human rights defenders ahead of Bahrain's UPR

Cuban authorities systematically violate citizens' civic freedoms

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released its annual report stating that Cuba “continues to systematically limit the human rights of its inhabitants”. Read more

Cuban authorities systematically violate citizens' civic freedoms

Offensive and discriminatory language used against minority groups in the Netherlands

In February 2017, Dutch populist leader Geert Wilders launched his election campaign using offensive language about the Moroccan community in the Netherlands. He promised to reduce the number of Moroccans in the country and to ban Muslim immigration and close mosques, should he win in the March parliamentary elections. Read more

Offensive and discriminatory language used against minority groups  in the Netherlands