extractive industries

Twenty Italian journalists under state protection due to threats

In July, the Italian government confirmed that 20 journalists are under official protection because of threats faced in the course of their work. Read more

Twenty Italian journalists under state protection due to threats

Activists held unlawfully for anti-Shell protest

Eight activists were detained after a protest performance calling for an end to oil giant Shell's funding of the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. Read more

Activists held unlawfully for anti-Shell protest

Tanzanian authorities threaten HRDs, LGBTI activists and journalists

In a recent development, two human rights defenders, Bibiana Mushi and Nicodemus Ngelela, were arrested on 12th July 2017. Both activists were released on bail and now await their trial set for 10th August on charges of Disobedience of Statutory Duty under Section 123 of the Tanzanian Penal Code, which can carry a sentence of two years if found guilty. Mushi and Ngelela were leading a capacity building workshop for local government officials serving in regions with a prevalence of extractive industries when they were unexpectedly arrested. Read more

Tanzanian authorities threaten HRDs, LGBTI activists and journalists

Police fire tear gas at peaceful demonstrators, including persons with disabilities

Although some positive commitments were made regarding freedom of expression, human rights defenders are still facing challenges in Peru and peaceful protests repressed. Read more

Police fire tear gas at peaceful demonstrators, including persons with disabilities

Offshore oil rig employees prohibited from protesting over working conditions

In April 2017, 22 workers from the Oilfields Workers Trade Union organised a protest over health and safety conditions working on the offshore oil rig owned by Lennox Petroleum. In response to the protesters, the company filed a lawsuit claiming that the workers had trespassed and that they had been prohibited from protesting over wages while a case was pending in court. Read more

Offshore oil rig employees prohibited from protesting over working conditions

New state laws increase penalties for protest actions in Oklahoma

As previously reported on the Monitor, several states have proposed or approved new legislation curtailing protests and demonstrations. Recently, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed House Bill 1123 into law, increasing penalties for the the following actions: trespassing on “critical infrastructure” and "willfully destroying" or impeding "operations of the facility". Read more

New state laws increase penalties for protest actions in Oklahoma

No improvement on civic space: Myanmar shuns international scrutiny

As concerns continue to grow over atrocities perpetrated by security forces Rakhine state, authorities in Myanmar have come under increasing international pressure to allow independent investigators into the conflict zone. Read more

No improvement on civic space: Myanmar shuns international scrutiny

Finland's ranking drops on 2017 World Press Freedom Index

On 18th April 2017, Finland's status as the top-ranked country on Reporters Without Borders (RSF) World Press Freedom 2017 Index changed after a five-year period as the leader of press freedom in the world. Read more

Finland's ranking drops on 2017 World Press Freedom Index

Serious concern over the arbitrary arrest of two civil society leaders

On 16th April 2017, two civil society activists, Enrique Asumu and Alfredo Okenve, were arbitrarily detained in Equatorial Guinea. Read more

Serious concern over the arbitrary arrest of two civil society leaders

Foreign activists sentenced and deported for investigations into uranium mining

In early April 2017, a Malawian court convicted eight Tanzanian civil society activists on charges of spying and trespassing. Read more

Foreign activists sentenced and deported for investigations into uranium mining