Paraguay

Paraguay: efforts to criminalise road blockades following protests

Over several days in March 2022, truck drivers in Paraguay protested and blocked roads to demand a reduction in fuel prices. On 17th March 2022, the fourth day of protests, police authorities threatened to intervene to clear out road blockades. Read more

Paraguay: efforts to criminalise road blockades following protests

Paraguay: Protests for land rights amid wave of forced evictions

In a landmark decision published on 12th October 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Committee found that Paraguay’s failure to prevent and control the toxic contamination of traditional lands, due to the intensive use of pesticides by nearby commercial farms, violates Indigenous communities’ rights and sense of “home”. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Paraguay: Protests for land rights amid wave of forced evictions

Paraguay: workers from various sectors take to the streets in Asunción

On 10th August 2021, thousands of rural workers, teachers, medical workers and truck drivers staged protests in the streets of Asunción. While demonstrating on the same day, the different labour groups expressed their own demands to the Mario Abdo Benítez government. Read more

Paraguay: workers from various sectors take to the streets in Asunción

Outrage at government response to the pandemic sparks protests in Paraguay

In March 2021, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Paraguay to protest the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as rooted socioeconomic issues such as corruption, inequality and poverty. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Outrage at government response to the pandemic sparks protests in Paraguay

Campesinos and Indigenous peoples mobilise in Paraguay

In October and November 2020, thousands of rural workers, Indigenous peoples and social organisations mobilised for a series of demands, including social justice, land redistribution and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Campesinos and Indigenous peoples mobilise in Paraguay

Protests in Paraguay amid coronavirus pandemic

On 29th July 2020, residents of Ciudad del Este and neighbouring towns mobilised to oppose the reinstatement of strict quarantine measures due to the region’s increasing COVID-19 infections. Read more

Protests in Paraguay amid coronavirus pandemic

Journalist killed in Paraguay’s border with Brazil

In March 2020, Paraguay’s government enacted laws to restrict large public gatherings and establish a nationwide state of emergency due to the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic. In this period, there have been reports of security forces humiliating non-complying civilians while enforcing the country’s quarantine measures. Read more

Journalist killed in Paraguay’s border with Brazil

Secret agreement with Brazil on Itaipú Dam prompts political crisis in Paraguay

Several demonstrators took to the streets to express their discontent after details of negotiations between Paraguay and Brazil related to the shared hydroelectric facility Itaipú were leaked in late July. In secret, representatives of both countries reached an agreement that many Paraguayans believe would be detrimental to the country’s interests. The controversial deal unleashed a political crisis that has resulted in the resignation of several senior officials.

In this period, a LGBTQ march was attacked by anti-rights protestors and Paraguayan Interior Minister began enacting a new policy to disrupt on protests that block circulation. Several journalists were injured in a protest by taxi drivers. Read more

Secret agreement with Brazil on Itaipú Dam prompts political crisis in Paraguay

Four environmental defenders criminalised in Paraguay

On 11th May 2019, Pelagio Santacruz, leader of the Santa Librada settlement and member of the Coordinadora de Trabajadores Campesinos y Urbanos (Coordination of Peasants and Urban Workers - CTCU), was shot twice in front of his home. In a separate development, in May 2019 the Paraguayan Human Rights Coordination (CODEHUPY) launched a campaign to denounce the criminalisation of four environmental defenders in the Capiibary district, San Pedro department. The Coordination disclosed that four women, Mariela López, Celina Aguilar, Sonia Fretes and Graciela Silva, are being prosecuted for protesting against illegal agrochemical fumigation in soy fields near the Mariscal López community. Read more

Four environmental defenders criminalised in Paraguay

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