HRD prosecuted

Private security company hired by authorities to research anti-base protesters in Okinawa

In January 2019, a newspaper published a report that a private security company had been hired by the authorities in 2015 to conduct research and surveillance of protesters in Okinawa opposing the U.S. military base relocation. In the previous month, a court upheld the guilty verdict against an Okinawan for his anti-U.S. base activities while two Hong Kong activists were arrested in Tokyo for protesting at a war shrine. In March 2019, Human Rights Watch published a report on abuses against transgender people Read more

Private security company hired by authorities to research anti-base protesters in Okinawa

Assault and harassment of HRD highlight severe repression of civic space in Equatorial Guinea

On 15th March 2019, human rights activist and the Vice President of the CSO El Centro de Estudios e Iniciativas para el Desarrollo (CEID; Center of Studies and Initiatives for Development) Alfredo Okenve was prevented from receiving an award from the French and German embassies for his human rights work. On the morning of 15th March 2019, police officers arrested and interrogated Okenve's cousin, Joaquín Mangué Obama, on the whereabouts of Okenve in Malabo Read more

Assault and harassment of HRD highlight severe repression of civic space in Equatorial Guinea

Judicial harassment against the members of Open Russia movement

On 21st January 2019, the first criminal investigation under Article 284.1 of the Criminal Code (participation in the activities of an undesirable organisation) was filed against human rights defender Anastasia Shevchenko. Read more

Judicial harassment against the members of Open Russia movement


Judicial harassment of Nauru 19 protesters continue

The appeals process for the Nauru 19 protesters prosecuted in 2015 were scheduled to start in December 2018 but has been delayed. In February 2019, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced that it will resume treating asylum seekers and refugees in the Australian offshore refugee detention centre on Nauru via video and phone. About 300 refugees remain on Nauru. Read more

Judicial harassment of Nauru 19 protesters continue


Persecution of activists continue while abuses against Uighurs remain in the spotlight

China has continued to arrest, prosecute and jail activists and lawyers. In one case, dozens of workers and students are being held for labour rights protests linked to the Jasic Technology factory in Shenzhen. Human rights groups have continued to raise concerns about abuses in Xinjiang against the Uighurs while a new report on human rights defenders in China says they continue to work under hostile conditions and face reprisals. Read more

Persecution of activists continue while abuses against Uighurs remain in the spotlight

Two leaders of Nicaraguan protests sentenced to more than 200 years in prison

On 14th December 2018, the Ministry of Governance announced the cancellation of the legal personality of nine CSOs working for the promotion of democracy and human rights in the country. Read more

Two leaders of Nicaraguan protests sentenced to more than 200 years in prison

Activists facing criminal defamation charges for raising corruption concerns

In February 2019, it was reported that two government officials in Vanuatu are seeking criminal defamation charges against at least five activists for their allegations that he had unlawfully influenced the appointment of a Public Service Commissioner. Read more

Activists facing criminal defamation charges for raising corruption concerns

Heavy prison sentences for HRDs

On 16th January 2019, the correctional court of Lomé sentenced activist and youth leader Folly Satchivi, of the movement 'En aucun cas', to a prison sentence of 36 months, of which 12 months suspended. Read more

Heavy prison sentences for HRDs
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