torture/ill-treatment

Authorities continue to harass NagaWorld union strikers and criminalise activists and opposition members in Cambodia

In recent months, the harassment and attacks against the NagaWorld casino workers’ union has persisted. Communities involved in land disputes faced harassment while travelling to the capital. Five forests activists were convicted, while the convictions of other activists were upheld. The harassment and prosecution of the opposition has persisted. Press freedom continues to be at risk in Cambodia and there has been slow progress on the Access to Information Bill. Read more

Authorities continue to harass NagaWorld union strikers and criminalise activists and opposition members in Cambodia

Saudi civil society at serious risk as global energy crisis leads US and others to abandon human rights commitments

Prominent human rights defender Dr Mohammed Al-Qathtani was assaulted by a prisoner in Al-Ha’ir Reformatory Prison in Riyadh; Human rights organisations called on the Saudi authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Dr Lina Al-Sharif, who has been arbitrarily detained in Saudi Arabia for over a year as a result of her social media activism; GCHR called for the release of Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh who continues to be arbitrarily detained in Saudi Arabia despite completing his eight-year prison sentence; Read more

Saudi civil society at serious risk as global energy crisis leads US and others to abandon human rights commitments

Lack of accountability for ‘’Bloody January’’ events & persecution of critics undermine pledged modernisation

The lack of justice and accountability for the ‘’Bloody January’’ 2022 events remained a key concern due to the failure of the authorities to impartially, thoroughly and effectively investigate allegations of excessive force, torture and ill-treatment, and other violations related to these events. For example, while 70 percent of those surveyed by KIBHR reported torture and ill-treatment in detention during the January events, only 15 law enforcement officials were under investigation for torture as of mid-August 2022. The first court proceedings against police officers facing such charges began in early September 2022. Hundreds of criminal cases related to the January events had been submitted to court as of August 2022, while other cases were pending trial. These cases include those of at least 30 civil society and opposition activists . The most high-profile activist case related to the January events is that of opposition Democratic Party leader Zhanbolat Mamai, who remained in pre-trial detention on multiple charges initiated in retaliation for his opposition activities Read more

Lack of accountability for ‘’Bloody January’’ events & persecution of critics undermine pledged modernisation

Myanmar junta continues to arrest, torture activists despite global outrage around executions

In recent months, the junta executed four activists leading to global outrage, However despite this, reports of torture of detainees have persisted as well as the arrest, detention of lawyers as well as activists. A report published found that trade unions and civil society organisations are facing an existential threat. There have been ongoing anti-coup protests and arrests while journalists continue to remain at risk. Read more

Myanmar junta continues to arrest, torture activists despite global outrage around executions

Escalating tensions & crackdown on human rights defenders & journalists

The reporting period saw a serious deterioration in the protection of fundamental freedoms due to a violent crackdown, mainly on protesters, by security forces in the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) (an autonomous region in eastern Tajikistan) in November 2021 and, again, in May 2022. Read more

Escalating tensions & crackdown on human rights defenders & journalists

Government embarks on brutal wave of retaliatory tactics against pro-democracy activists amid political impasse

Over the past few months, authorities have embarked on brutal, state-supported retaliatory attacks and arrests targeting activists who have mobilised and participated in the now year-long wave of protests and campaigns by citizens calling for democratic reforms in the country; Meanwhile, King Mswati III snubs SADC meeting intended to discuss deteriorating political developments in Eswatini, indicating that Eswatini would prefer to deal with its domestic issues outside of the regional spotlight. Read more

Government embarks on brutal wave of retaliatory tactics against pro-democracy activists amid political impasse

Sri Lankan President continues crackdown on activists and protesters, including use of anti-terror law

Over the last month, sweeping emergency powers were once again imposed to restrict protests and clampdown on protesters. Security forces used excessive force to forcibly remove parts of a rolling peaceful protest site in front of the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. Protesters have been harassed, arrested and detained. Three student activists have been detained under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act. Read more

Sri Lankan President continues crackdown on activists and protesters, including use of anti-terror law

Nicaragua: closure of CSOs, community radio stations, and television cable channel

The repression and persecution of civil society organisations, religious groups, and independent press continues unabated. In recent months, leaders of the Roman Catholic Church were particularly targeted. Church representatives who attempted to mediate dialogues between the government and opposition in 2018 have been branded as “terrorists” by President Daniel Ortega. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Nicaragua: closure of CSOs, community radio stations, and television cable channel

Bangladesh authorities intensify persecution of rights group Odhikar, journalists, and critics

In recent months, civic space violations have continued to take place, including the judicial harassment of human rights group Odhikar and their staff as well as ongoing attacks by ruling party youth activists, carried out with impunity. There have been cases of arrests and attacks against journalists, the use of blasphemy charges against teachers, and the seven-year conviction of a student for a social media post critical of the government. Regulations to increase control over the digital space has also been proposed in the government. Read more

Bangladesh authorities intensify persecution of rights group Odhikar, journalists, and critics

CSOs report new wave of oppression against human rights defenders and civil society

CHRI reported that there had been an intensification in the Iranian authorities’ crackdown on dissent in the month since the intelligence chief of the Iranian military’s Islamic Revolutionary Corps (IRC) was replaced; Iranian authorities sentenced five prominent human rights defenders to prison for attempting to file a legal complaint against government agencies and officials for mismanagement of the Covid-19 crisis; CSOs draw attention to trend by authorities to repeatedly sentence and imprison women human rights defenders in a revolving prison door that will never let them be free; civil society organisations released a joint statement condemning and calling for the release of LGBTIQ+ activist Zahra Sedighi-Hamadani, known as Sareh, who has been in detention since October 2021 Read more

CSOs report new wave of oppression against human rights defenders and civil society