land rights

Media censored, activists silenced and opposition weakened ahead of Thai elections

Ahead of the 24 March elections there have been continued reports of media outlets and journalists being censored, activists being silenced and criminalised and opposition politicians being targeted . Further, restrictive laws and decrees issued by the military junta have yet to be lifted. Read more

Media censored,  activists silenced and opposition weakened ahead of Thai elections

Online safety law raises fears of increased censorship in Fiji after hotly contested election

The Online Safety Bill came into force in January 2019, which critics are concerned would curtail freedom of expression. In December 2018, United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment visited Fiji and said that during his visit he heard concerns expressed by environmentalists and human rights activists about being threatened’. Read more

Online safety law raises fears of increased censorship in Fiji after hotly contested election

Despite UN and EU scrutiny, restrictions on civic freedoms remain

In January 2019, Cambodia’s human rights record was reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. In February 2019, the European Union officially launched the process of suspending the country's valuable trade privileges over human rights concerns, Read more

Despite UN and EU scrutiny, restrictions on civic freedoms remain

Arrest of 14 people at a pipeline protest prompts national outrage

Thousands of people took to the streets in multiple cities to protest the arrest of 14 demonstrators at a protest camp in British Columbia on 8th January 2019 over a proposed pipeline running through First Nations territory. Read more

Arrest of 14 people at a pipeline protest prompts national outrage

Indigenous communities under severe attacks

During the last months of 2018, several cases of intimidation and harassment of indigenous communities in Paraguay were reported. Read more

 Indigenous communities under severe attacks

Six years on, groups demand effective investigation into disappearance of activist Sombath Somphone

On the sixth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, over 100 civil society organisations worldwide called for the Lao government to conduct an independent, impartial, and effective investigation to reveal his fate and whereabouts. Read more

Six years on, groups demand effective investigation into disappearance of activist Sombath Somphone

Two land activists murdered in Brazil

On 8th December 2018, land activists José Bernardo da Silva and Rodrigo Celestino members of Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (Landless Rural Workers Movement, MST) were brutally murdered by masked and heavily armed assailants. Read more

Two land activists murdered in Brazil

Wave of killing of human rights defenders continues

As reported previously on the Monitor, the environment for human rights defenders and social leaders in Colombia remains hostile, and the wave of attacks continues unabated. Read more

Wave of killing of human rights defenders continues

String of attacks against journalists while growing calls for the passage of the RTI Bill

The Ghana Right to Information Coalition, a coalition of civil society organisations, launched, in November 2018, the RTI Red Friday campaign, to demand that the Ghanaian Parliament approve the Right To Information Bill. Read more

String of attacks against journalists while growing calls for the passage of the RTI Bill

Moratorium on use of repressive laws lifted despite promises at the UN human rights council

In November 2018, Malaysia underwent a review at the Human Rights Council and reiterated its commitment to human rights reforms. Despite this in December 2018 it decided to lift a moratorium on the use of restrictive laws Read more

Moratorium on use of repressive laws lifted despite promises at the UN human rights council