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Nicaragua: media shutdowns continue

Nicaragua’s authorities have continued to censor media by revoking outlets’ licences and ordering the suspension of their operations. In August 2022, telecommunications regulator Telcor ordered the suspension of at least 17 media outlets, according to information from the Periodistas y Comunicadores de Nicaragua (Journalists and Communicators of Nicaragua - PCIN). Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Nicaragua: media shutdowns continue

Protestors dispersed and detained, attacks against LGBTIQ+ community escalate

More than 40 people detained after protest is dispersed; Threats and attacks against LGBTIQ+ community continue; Members of the Muslim Unity Movement of Azerbaijan go on hunger strike; Read more

Protestors dispersed and detained, attacks against LGBTIQ+ community escalate

Human Rights Defenders, Journalists and other Civil Society Activists Targeted with Arbitrary Arrests

Internet activist Hani Al-Sarhani arrested; Prominent environmental activist Dr Ahmed Issa Qatan was arrested by the ISS; journalist and human rights defender Mukhtar Al-Hinai faces trial in a case that threatened to prohibit him from continuing his independent journalistic work; CSOs call on authorities to repeal Article 269 of the Penal Code which infringes on freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of opinion and expression and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association; in June 2022 four people were arrested and put on trial for exercising their rights to religious freedom and freedom of thought more generally Read more

Human Rights Defenders, Journalists and other Civil Society Activists Targeted with Arbitrary Arrests

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

Uruguay: Government push to repeal Media Law and reinstate dictatorship-era legislation

The new Accountability and Budget Bill, presented to Parliament on 30th June 2022, includes provisions to fully repeal the current Audiovisual Communication Services Law (N° 19.307), known as the Media Law. Read more

Uruguay: Government push to repeal Media Law and reinstate dictatorship-era legislation

‘Closed’ civic space shows Laos not taking annual human rights dialogues seriously

Despite the dialogues, human rights groups stated there was ‘no improvement in the human rights situation in Laos’ and raised a number of concerns related to civic space including the detention of political prisoners and issues of enforced disappearances that reman unaddressed. Further, civil society groups and media have continued to highlight the regime’s iron grip on the media, persecution of religious minorities and restrictions on protests related to land. Read more

‘Closed’ civic space shows Laos not taking annual human rights dialogues seriously

Protests for migrant rights; positive move in press freedom index

On 15th June 2022, around a dozen demonstrators staged a protest outside the Lithuanian government’s office in Vilnius over the country’s policies on migrants and asylum seekers. The demonstrators called on the government to reconsider its current policy and provide opportunities for integration into Lithuania. Separately, a protest against sexual violence in Ukraine was held outside the Russian Embassy in Vilnius. The protest came after reports that Ukrainian women and children were being raped and tortured by Russian troops. Relates to Russia's war on Ukraine, the Lithuanian government submitted legal amendments to the parliament on 23rd March 2022, which aimed to extend the powers to restrict online content that incites hatred and violence or contains war propaganda. Read more

Protests for migrant rights; positive move in press freedom index

Reappointment of Attorney General signals difficult times for civil society and the press in Guatemala

On 16th May 2022, President Alejandro Giammattei announced the reappointment of Attorney General Consuelo Porras to another four years in office. Since taking office in 2018, Porras has been criticised by civil society organisations for dismantling anti-corruption efforts and abusing her powers by persecuting people who contributed to these efforts. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Reappointment of Attorney General signals difficult times for civil society and the press in Guatemala

Mexico: twelve journalists killed by the end of June 2022

On 29th June 2022, veteran journalist Antonio de la Cruz, a reporter for the newspaper Expreso, was shot dead near his house in Ciudad Victoria, capital of the state of Tamaulipas. De la Cruz had worked with Expreso for over two decades, covering environmental issues and agriculture. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Mexico: twelve journalists killed by the end of June 2022

Civil society outlawed in practice by Nicaragua’s authorities

Nicaragua’s authorities continue to use money laundering legislation, the Foreign Agents law and other restrictive laws to crack down on civil society, in an effort to dismantle civic participation spaces that are not controlled by the government. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Civil society outlawed in practice by Nicaragua’s authorities