land rights

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

Civil society urges the UN to reject Vietnam’s bid for the Human Rights Council as it continues to arrest and jail activists

In recent months the authorities have jailed activists for their activism, including a prominent environmental activist on tax evasion charges, a minority rights activist for his reporting, and a blogger. Human rights defender Pham Doan Trang lost her appeal against a nine-year jail sentence. Other activists have been charged with anti-state propaganda for their online activism. A new decree orders technology firms to store user data onshore which could be used to further criminalise online dissent. Despite this, the government is seeking membership of the UN Human Rights Council for the term 2023-2025.
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Civil society urges the UN to reject Vietnam’s bid for the Human Rights Council as it continues to arrest and jail activists

Worrying trends: Vilification of CSOs and killings of HRDs

CSOs jointly condemned the public vilification of the Helen Suzman Foundation by the Home Affairs Minister; non-profit law firm vilified for representing local community in court; grassroots movement Abahlali baseMjondolo's members killed in targeted attacks; Land Rights and Woman Human Rights Defender Gunned down; High Court declares protest levy fees unconstitutional ; Read more

Worrying trends: Vilification of CSOs and killings of HRDs

Venezuela: Teachers protest for decent wages; killing and detention of HRDs

On 30th June 2022, Uwottujja leader and human rights defender Virgilio Trujillo Arana was shot and killed in Puerto Ayacucho, Amazonas state. He was a member of Organización Indígena Piaroas Unidos del Sipapo (Oipus), an Indigenous organisation, and coordinated Autana’s Uwottujja Indigenous guard, a group created to defend ancestral territories from illegal mining and other illicit activities. Read more

Venezuela: Teachers protest for decent wages; killing and detention of HRDs

Colombia: human rights defenders and local leaders impacted by violence in rural areas

On 26th July 2022, the UN Human Rights Office published a report on the rising violence in rural areas of Colombia. According to the study, violence fell dramatically after the signing of the Peace Agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016, but increased again as non-state armed groups and criminal organisations expanded their presence, particularly over the past two years. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Colombia: human rights defenders and local leaders impacted by violence in rural areas

Argentina: Journalists harassed and threatened

On 6th May 2022, three journalists working in Rosario, Santa Fe were threatened by a member of a criminal network linked to narcotrafficking. Lorena Verdún, widow of the former leader of the network Los Monos, wrote a letter accusing journalists of being responsible for deaths and corruption in the city. Read more

Argentina: Journalists harassed and threatened

Paraguay: Violent evictions affect land rights defenders

On 15th June 2022, campesino farmers and police clashed in Edelira, Itapúa department in a violent confrontation that ended with the killing of campesino Édgar Emiliano Centurión Almirón. Read more

Paraguay: Violent evictions affect land rights defenders

‘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

Brazil: Anger at government inaction after Indigenous advocate and international correspondent are killed in the Amazon

After a ten-day search, the bodies of Indigenous advocate Bruno Pereira and British journalist Dom Phillips were found in the Itaquaí river, in a remote part of the Amazon rainforest near Brazil’s border with Peru. Pereira and Phillips went missing on 5th June 2022 as they returned from a reporting trip in the region where they were documenting Indigenous rights defenders’ efforts to monitor predatory criminal activities such as illegal fishing and logging. Read more

Brazil: Anger at government inaction after Indigenous advocate and international correspondent are killed in the Amazon

Peru: serious decline in freedom of expression and the press

The mayor of Chiclayo and president of the Association of Peruvian Municipalities (AMPE) used notarised letters to intimidate the newspaper Correo in Lambayeque, demanding that they rectify reports linking him to corruption and public administration irregularities. Read more

Peru: serious decline in freedom of expression and the press