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Crackdown on protests after military coup

Since the 25th October military coup, multiple demonstrations took place in the country demanding the military government step back and allow a peaceful transition to civilian rule.

Security forces have repeatedly used teargas, rubber bullets and live ammunition to disperse protesters. According to the Sudanese Doctors’ Committee, at least 40 people have been killed during demonstrations in the capital Khartoum since the protests started.
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Crackdown on protests after military coup

2021: a bad year for freedom of expression in Mozambique amid human rights crisis in Cabo Delgado

Several journalists were physically assaulted and intimidated in the past year, with some briefly detained, as documented by press freedom organisations Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), MISA Moçambique (Instituto para a Comunicação Social da África Austral – Moçambique) and Forum of Community Radios (FORCOM - Fórum de Rádios Comunitárias). Read more

2021: a bad year for freedom of expression in Mozambique amid human rights crisis in Cabo Delgado

Increasing use of draconian UAPA and other repressive laws to stifle dissent in India

In recent months, the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and anti-terror laws has continued to be misused against activists, journalists and online critics especially around the communal violence in Tripura and in the detention of human rights defender Khurram Parvez. There have also been attacks against Right to Information (RTI) activists and attacks on the farmers’ protests. Read more

Increasing use of draconian UAPA and other repressive laws to stifle dissent in India

Mali’s “military coup within a coup”: no elections in February 2022; journalist abducted

On 24th May 2021, members of the armed forces arrested Mali’s transitional president Bah Ndaw and prime minister Moctar Ouane in a “coup within a coup”. The move, initiated by vice-president and leader of the 2020 coup Assimi Goïta, followed the announcement of a cabinet reshuffle, with Goïta accusing Ndaw and Ouane of violating the transition charter by not having consulted with him. Ironically, the transition charter does not give the vice-president the power to dismiss the president and prime minister. Read more

Mali’s “military coup within a coup”: no elections in February 2022; journalist abducted

Human rights defenders and journalists arrested, prosecuted and tortured in China

In recent months there have been reports of activists and journalists being arrested under vague charges, detained, convicted and tortured or ill-treated. A journalist who reported on the pandemic is at risk of dying in detention while an LGBTQI+ activist group shut down due to ongoing repression. Read more

Human rights defenders and journalists arrested, prosecuted and  tortured in China

USA: Frustration over power outages drives thousands to protest in Puerto Rico

On 15th October 2021, about 4,000 people marched in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to protest the island’s recurrent power blackouts. Many criticised power company Luma for failing to provide adequate electricity to residents and demanded its ouster. Read more

USA: Frustration over power outages drives thousands to protest in Puerto Rico

New tax rules impact civil society in Mexico

On 27th October 2021, Indigenous forest defender Irma Galindo Barrios went missing, reportedly after attending a protest in Mexico City. According to IM-Defensoras, she was meant to attend a conference of the Mechanism to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in the capital, but never arrived. Read more

New tax rules impact civil society in Mexico

Civil society groups forced to disband as activists and critics prosecuted in Hong Kong

Since July 2021, civil society groups, protest movements and unions have been forced to disband for fear of being targeted under the national security law. Around 150 people have been arrested under the law, with the first two convictions in July and October 2021. The archaic sedition law has been deployed against activists and critics, while journalists continue to face judicial harassment as well the denial of visas. Activists have been sentenced for their involvement in 2020 protests. Read more

Civil society groups forced to disband as activists and critics prosecuted in Hong Kong

Guatemala: Siege in municipality to prevent anti-mining protests by Indigenous groups

On 12th October 2021, hundreds of people marched in Guatemala City to denounce racism and discrimination against Indigenous peoples, as part of a Day of Indigenous People’s Dignity and Resistance. Several countries in the Americas hold commemorative holidays on the date, marking Christopher Columbus’ arrival on the continent in the 15th century. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Guatemala: Siege in municipality to prevent anti-mining protests by Indigenous groups

Repression of activists and journalists persists in Myanmar despite ASEAN rebuke

In the last two months, activists and journalists have continued to be targeted and criminalised and there are reports of torture of political prisoners. The internet has also been shut down in some regions. Some activists and journalists were released in a mass amnesty in October but some have been re-arrested. Read more

Repression of activists and journalists persists in Myanmar despite ASEAN rebuke