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Panama: Concern over resolution restricting access to public information

On 4th August 2021, the Ministry of the Presidency issued a resolution enabling the restriction of access to information on government activities. Read more

Panama: Concern over resolution restricting access to public information

Increase in violence against LGBTQI+ people in Panama during Pride Month

Rights defenders denounced an increase in violence against LGBTQI+ people in Panama during Pride Month, June 2021. In one case, an openly homosexual man was attacked in his home following an altercation with a neighbour who insulted him based on his sexual orientation. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Increase in violence against LGBTQI+ people in Panama during Pride Month

Panama’s National Journalism Council calls for protocol to protect journalists

In June 2021, alleged criminal groups threatened to kidnap, rape, torture and murder Flor Mizrachi Ángel, an investigative journalist who uncovered a clandestine COVID-19 vaccination scheme in Panama. Read more

Panama’s National Journalism Council calls for protocol to protect journalists

Intimidation of journalists and women's protests in Panama

During a television programme aired on 28th April 2021, lawyer Roniel Ortiz said that his legal team would “attack” digital media Foco. He also referenced the situation of journalists in Mexico, where he said reporters are killed for “meddling in things that don’t regard them”. Read more

Intimidation of journalists and women's protests in Panama

Weeks of protests against child abuse in Panama

Accusations of abuse in children’s shelters sparked indignation and led people to the streets in Panama in February 2021. Read more

Weeks of protests against child abuse in Panama

Police brutality during student-led protest in Panama

On 16th December 2020, police in Panama City repressed a student-led protest against legislation excluding some people under 25 from receiving pandemic aid. Read more

Police brutality during student-led protest in Panama

Police disrupt protest in Panama and arrest journalist

On 29th October 2020, civil society groups organised a protest against the government’s budget management and cuts in sectors such as education and health. Read more

Police disrupt protest in Panama and arrest journalist

Organisations denounce judicial harassment of press in Panama

On 17th July 2020, eleven civil society organisations sent a letter to Edison Lanza, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, requesting that he speak up against judicial harassment of members of the press in Panama. Read more

Organisations denounce judicial harassment of press in Panama

Court rulings against La Prensa set dangerous precedents for press freedom in Panama

On 8th June 2020, a court ruling banned newspaper La Prensa from publishing images of lawyer Janio Lescure, who has been implicated in allegations of corruption. Read more

Court rulings against La Prensa set dangerous precedents for press freedom in Panama

Panama: coronavirus restrictions lifted and reimplemented

According to news media, Panama’s Ministry of Public Security counted at least 57 demonstrations during the pandemic. These protests were mainly organised by people demanding emergency government aid. Read more

Panama: coronavirus restrictions lifted and reimplemented