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Mexico: attacks on environmental defenders on the rise

On 26th October 2022, environmental defender Filogonio Martínez Merino was found dead in the Piedra Blanca community, in the Santiago Jamiltepec municipality, Oaxaca. The defender, a member of the Consejo de Pueblos Unidos por la Defensa del Río Verde (Council of Peoples United for the Defence of the Río Verde - COPUDEVER), was one of the key local leaders in the resistance against the hydroelectric projects known as ‘Paso de la Reyna’ and ‘Río Verde’. Read more

Mexico: attacks on environmental defenders on the rise

Peru: attacks on journalists as political polarisation remains prominent

On 8th July 2022, a group of presumed government supporters attacked journalists who were waiting outside the Public Prosecutor’s Office to cover a hearing in a case involving President Pedro Castillo’s family. The assailants began chasing and insulting the journalists, calling them “sold out press” and “trash.” Read more

Peru: attacks on journalists as political polarisation remains prominent

Ecuador: two journalists killed in Manabí within a month

Indigenous rights defender Lina María Espinosa has received several death threats related to her work in 2022, human rights organisation Amnesty International warned in August 2022. On 7th July 2022, for instance, Espinosa received an anonymous phone call in which a man told her that he had been surprised not to see her at a meeting between the government and the Indigenous movement and added, “we already have your wreath of flowers ready.” Read more

Ecuador: two journalists killed in Manabí within a month

Guatemala: protests against corruption and rising cost of living

On 12th September 2022, hundreds of people demonstrated in Guatemala City against corruption and the high cost of living. The march was led by Indigenous authorities, who said in a press statement: “With great concern and rejection we have seen that in the last few days the prices of the basic food basket, transport fares and all inputs for agricultural production have shot up, while the minimum wage and people’s income remain the same. Read more

Guatemala: protests against corruption and rising cost of living

El Salvador: HRDs face increased risks under the state of exception

On 14th September 2022, the National Assembly of El Salvador approved a sixth extension of its ongoing state of exception. The country will complete its seventh month under the measure, which was first declared following a wave of gang violence in late March 2022. Between July 2022 and early September 2022, human rights defenders (HRDs) in El Salvador continued to face increased risk as a result of the state of exception. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

El Salvador: HRDs face increased risks under the state of exception

Canada: Protest during papal visit and other demonstrations

On 17th July 2022, migrants and their supporters demonstrated in Montreal to demand the development of a regularisation programme for undocumented migrants, granting them the right to live and work legally in the country. Read more

Canada: Protest during papal visit and other demonstrations

Crackdown on activists and protests persist in Indonesia while draft criminal code revisions could further curtail dissent

In recent months, civil society groups have raised concerns about invasive content moderation regulations and digital attacks as well as harassment and intimidation of journalists. The criminalisation and harassment of Papuan activists persist as well as excessive force by police around protests in the restive region. Excessive force has also been documented around protests against fuel price hikes. Activists have also raised concerns on the trial around a deadly crackdown on a protest in Paniai in 2014. Read more

Crackdown on activists and protests persist in Indonesia while draft criminal code revisions could further curtail dissent

Honduras: HRDs criminalised while changes to protection system spark concern

On 9th August 2022, the International Day of Indigenous Peoples, about 300 Indigenous and Garífuna protesters joined a march in Tegucigalpa toward the headquarters of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, organised by Organización Fraternal Negra de Honduras (Black Fraternal Organisation of Honduras - OFRANEH). They demanded action to locate the young Garífuna men who were forcibly disappeared in Triunfo de la Cruz in July 2020. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Honduras: HRDs criminalised while changes to protection system spark concern

Deadly year for journalists in Mexico

On 11th August 2022, four employees of Switch 105.9 FM, Alan González, Alejandro Arriaga, Armando Guerrero and Andrés Flores, were shot and killed amid a wave of violent crimes in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Read more

Deadly year for journalists in Mexico

Guatemala: concerns about democratic backsliding grow as elPeriódico’s president and financial manager arrested

On 29th July 2022, journalist José Rubén Zamora, president and founder of newspaper elPeriódico, was arrested by police as part of an investigation for alleged extortion, money laundering and influence peddling. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Guatemala: concerns about democratic backsliding grow as elPeriódico’s president and financial manager arrested