Paraguay

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

Court acquitted 11 rural farmers after six years in prison

On 26th July 2018, the Supreme Court of Justice acquitted 11 campesinos (rural farmers) who were convicted in 2016 of first-degree murder, land invasion and other crimes in the context of a violent eviction by police in 2012. Read more

Court acquitted 11 rural farmers after six years in prison

Thousands of workers protest government pension fund proposal

Thousands of workers took to the streets in Paraguay to protest a government proposal regarding their pension funds. Read more

Thousands of workers protest government pension fund proposal

Journalist asked to reveal her sources by Prosecutor's Office

Mabel Rehnfeldt was questioned at the Prosecutor's Office in relation to information she published about alleged corruption within the government and was asked to reveal her sources. Read more

Journalist asked to reveal  her sources  by Prosecutor's Office