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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

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

"Black Thursday": at least 50 killed in protests against extension of military transitional period

On 20th October 2022, dozens of people were killed in protests across the country against the decision of the military junta to extend the transitional period by another two years. Civil society actors and opposition, including the platform Wakit Tama and opposition party Transformateurs, had called for the protests on 20th October 2022 - the day that would mark the end of the initially agreed 18-month transition to civilian rule. On 19th October 2022, authorities banned the protests saying organisers had not complied with legal provisions related to protests, adding that the protest "aims to create a popular and armed insurrection with the support of external forces in order to destabilise the country". Read more  |  Read in French

"Black Thursday": at least 50 killed in protests against extension of military transitional period

Journalists intimidated, threatened, assaulted

On 23 April 2022, the offices of Radio Kintoma FM, a community radio station in Voinjama, Lofa county, burned down, destroying the building and all the equipment inside. Although the reason the fire broke out is not clear, station manager Tokpa Tarnue, who spoke with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), believes that it was an arson attack, either in response to a recent dispute between staff of the community radio and a local politician over a broadcast or the station’s reporting on female genital mutilation. Read more

Journalists intimidated, threatened, assaulted

Haiti: Escalating protests over multiple crises, with people calling for Prime Minister’s resignation

In August and September 2022, towns across Haiti saw recurrent protests over rising fuel prices amid shortages, inflation, poverty, food insecurity, gang violence and other pressing issues. Many of the protesters demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who they said has done little to address the country’s crises. Read more

Haiti: Escalating protests over multiple crises, with people calling for Prime Minister’s resignation

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

Bolivia: coca growers’ protests marked by violence and use of excessive force

In August 2022, organisations Centro de Investigación y Promoción del Campesinado (CIPCA) and Fundación “Acción Cultural Loyola” (ACLO) reported facing harassment seeking to obstruct their work supporting Indigenous peoples in Huacaya, Chuquisaca. Read more

Bolivia: coca growers’ protests marked by violence and use of excessive force

Military junta dissolves FNDC coalition following protests

On 8th August 2022, Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation of the military transitional government, Mory Condé, issued an order dissolving Front National pour la Défense de la Constitution (FNDC), a coalition of political parties, trade unions and civil society groups formed in April 2019 against any changes in the Constitution as to allow former President Alpha Condé to run for an unconstitutional third term. In the order, the military transitional government accuses FNDC of perpetrating violence and targeting security forces during protests. The order further motivates the group's dissolution as FNDC "jeopardises national unity, public peace and peaceful living together, does not appear on the list of NGOs in Guinea, nor on the list of association collectives […] and even less in the directory of NGOs approved in Republic of Guinea".

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Military junta dissolves FNDC coalition following protests

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

Deteriorating press freedom trend continues

Ghana dropped 30 places globally in Reporter Without Borders' 2022 World Press Freedom Index, reflecting a significant deterioration of press freedom in the country. Ghana now occupies the 60th place in the 2022 global ranking, down from the 30th place; and the 10th place on the continent, down from the 3rd place. Concerns mentioned by RSF include the safety of journalists with physical attacks on journalists and death threats issued by officials. The Media Foundation for West Africa's freedom of expression Monitor recorded 11 violations in the first quarter of 2022 (January to March 2022) in Ghana, the highest number of violations recorded in Ghana in a single quarter in the past three years, while also outpacing other countries in West Africa. Read more

Deteriorating press freedom trend continues