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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

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

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

Protesters continue to face arrest, excessive force in Sri Lanka as new UN resolution maintains international scrutiny

Over the last month, protesters have continued to face excessive force – including tear gas and water cannon - from security forces. Dozens have also been arrested. Activists such as Lahiru Weerasekara have also continued to be picked up. A regulation to restrict protest was introduced and then revoked after massive criticism from civil society groups. Tamil activists and journalists continue to face harassment. Read more

Protesters continue to face arrest, excessive force in Sri Lanka as new UN resolution maintains international scrutiny

University protests against riot police deployment continue, Predator-gate scandal raises further concerns about surveillance

In September 2022, university students and staff protested several times in Athens against the deployment of police forces, the so-called University Institutions Protection Teams (OPPI) on university campuses. Protests and marches were also held in Thessaloniki against the deployment of riot police at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki campus. As of September 2022, a new controversial regulation is currently in public consultation. The new legislation would create a committee to monitor whether the principles of journalistic ethics and conduct have been observed. If the committee finds that they were not, they can remove the given media organisation from the registry and exclude it from state funding for two years. Additionally, abusive legal proceedings were launched against a journalist who was spied on with Predator. Read more

University protests against riot police deployment continue,  Predator-gate scandal raises further concerns about surveillance

Arrest of climate protesters, increasing anti-protest laws and continued prosecution of whistleblowers in Australia

In recent months, the police undertook a preemptive raid of Blockade Australia climate protesters as well as arresting them on the streets. Two states have passed anti-protest laws that invoke harsh penalties for non-violent protest. A former tax officer who is facing proceedings has invoked whistleblower protections while the prosecution of a whistleblower lawyer for allegedly revealing spying on Timor-Leste has been dropped. Read more

Arrest of climate protesters, increasing anti-protest laws and continued prosecution of whistleblowers in Australia

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

Myanmar junta continues to arrest, torture activists despite global outrage around executions

In recent months, the junta executed four activists leading to global outrage, However despite this, reports of torture of detainees have persisted as well as the arrest, detention of lawyers as well as activists. A report published found that trade unions and civil society organisations are facing an existential threat. There have been ongoing anti-coup protests and arrests while journalists continue to remain at risk. Read more

Myanmar junta continues to arrest, torture activists despite global outrage around executions

Uncertainty in Chile as draft constitution rejected in plebiscite

On 4th September 2022, Chile held a compulsory plebiscite to decide whether to adopt the draft constitution designed to replace the country’s current Magna Carta, in place since the Pinochet dictatorship. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Uncertainty in Chile as draft constitution rejected in plebiscite

Implications of new tax on freedom of expression raises concern, public order Act under review

Anti-corruption activist exonerated in president’s mass pardon; Youth beaten up for insulting President Hichilema ; Government introduces 16% VAT on newspaper sales ; Review of Public Order Act underway Read more

Implications of new tax on freedom of expression raises concern, public order Act under review