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Honduras: attacks on Garífuna human rights defenders continue

Alfredo López Álvarez, a Garífuna human rights defender and member of the Triunfo de la Cruz Land Defence Committee, was threatened during the Central America Donors Forum 2022 in October 2022. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Honduras: attacks on Garífuna human rights defenders continue

Concerns remain over RTV Slovenia as the new government opens up dialogue with civil society

The environment for civil society has seen improvements in the reporting period. For example, at the beginning of April 2022, the 8 March Institute (Inštitut 8. marec) received a notice from the Inspectorate of Internal Affairs accusing the Institute of “leading an undeclared electoral campaign”. After the change in government, the investigation was discontinued. Additionally, since the government change, its dialogue with civil society has improved. However, concerns related to media freedoms remain. On 26th September 2022, journalists and other employees at public broadcaster RTV Slovenija staged a strike. This is the third strike since June 2022 and comes after months of tensions between the staff and the management appointed by the previous government. Read more

Concerns remain over RTV Slovenia as the new government opens up dialogue with civil society

Environmental rights protests & activists continue to come under attack

On 23rd October 2022, environmental activists protested the planned construction of a new bridge in Novi Sad, claiming that it will devastate the last green oasis in this city. They gathered in Šodroš but were met with a strong police presence. Following clashes with police units, activists were detained and suffered serious injuries. Protesters were not only met with a large police presence but were also publicly vilified by politicians who discredited and insulted them. Additionally, environmental rights activists were also targeted during this period. On 21st September 2022, environmental activist Miroslav Perović from Kosjerić, Central Serbia, was beaten in front of his building. Read more

Environmental rights protests & activists continue to come under attack

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

On the watchlist: LGBTQI+ EuroPride goes ahead at the last minute as journalists and LGBTQI+ activists attacked

On 22nd September Serbia was added to the CIVICUS Monitor watchlist due to a rapid decline in civic freedoms, with concerns about the government’s attempts to ban the LGBTQI+ EuroPride march event. The government’s last-minute decisions regarding the march have prevented LGBTQI+ persons from fully exercising their right to peaceful assembly and created an environment for further hateful rhetoric and violence. Additionally, there are concerns over the ongoing targeting of environmental defenders during protests, and attacks against journalists.

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On the watchlist: LGBTQI+ EuroPride goes ahead at the last minute as journalists and LGBTQI+ activists attacked

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

Reports and monitoring missions document extreme repression and violence against activists

In response to mounting pressure from human rights defenders in Iraq, the Ministry of Interior arrested Lieutenant-Colonel Omar Nizar, who was affiliated with the Rapid Response Division, on charges of killing protesters during a 2019 crackdown; Protesters summoned for their participation in protests on 25th October 2019; Body of civil society activist Haider Sabri found in Basra city with a bullet wound to the head; Read more

Reports and monitoring missions document extreme repression and violence against activists

Several killed, injured, arrested in protest against the military junta’s “unilateral management of the transition”

Front National pour la Défence de la Constitution (FNDC), a coalition of political parties, civil society groups and trade unions, called for protests on 28th and 29th July 2022 in Conakry to demand more transparency in Guinea’s transition, as coordinated by the military junta. Protests also called for the establishment of an inclusive framework for dialogue. According to news reports, the military junta deployed the armed forces to maintain public order during the demonstrations, and security forces reportedly used tear gas to disperse protesters, while protesters responded by throwing stones and burning tyres. Some of the protests turned into violent clashes between protesters and security forces, particularly in the neighbourhoods of Bambèto, Sonfonia and on the route Le Prince, and which led to casualties, injuries,and dozens of arrests. Read more  |  Read in French

Several killed, injured, arrested in protest against the military junta’s “unilateral management of the transition”

Indian authorities criminalise activists and bulldoze homes of protesters to silence dissent

In recent months, fabricated cases have been brought against activists, including prominent human rights defender Teesta Setalvad who has been arrested and detained. Journalist Mohammed Zubair, who has exposed hate speech and disinformation, was also arrested. The homes of protesters have been bulldozed. Read more

Indian authorities criminalise activists and bulldoze homes of protesters to silence dissent

Protests against city plan met with violence; Pride Centre targeted

On 11th May 2022, Milos Vučković, a member and activist of the Let’s Not Drown Belgrade movement was physically assaulted. On 7th June 2022, the premises of the Pride Info Center in Belgrade was attacked again when the neo-nazi group Belgrader Jugend put stickers on its office windows. This is the fourteenth attack on the Centre since its opening. On 21st July 2022, protests were held in Novi Sad against the General Urban Pal (GUP), which was adopted by the city assembly, despite public opposition from over 12,000 people via a petition. Protesters were met with violence and detained. Several threats and physical attacks against journalists were documented. Read more

Protests against city plan met with violence; Pride Centre  targeted