land rights

Legitimacy of upcoming elections questioned with crackdown on media and opposition

The crackdown on the opposition and activists have continued ahead of the July elections. The UN has found the detention of opposition leader Kem Sokha to be arbitrary and have called for his release. Human rights groups have condemned the last blow to press freedom with the opaque sale of the Phnom Penh post. Two people have now been charged under the new lese majeste law Read more

Legitimacy of upcoming elections questioned with crackdown on media and opposition

More HRDs murdered: 3 killed in 5 days as civil society calls for better protection mechanisms

The environment for activists, social leaders, and journalists is becoming increasingly hostile in Guatemala, with 3 reported cases of HRDs killed and one journalist. Read more

More HRDs murdered: 3 killed in 5 days as civil society calls for better protection mechanisms

PNG journalist: "We no longer enjoy media freedom".

Journalist say there are living in fear in PNG and are also subjected to violence. Refugees are using social media to report on abuses in the camps on Manus Read more

PNG journalist: "We no longer enjoy media freedom".

Wave of attacks against HRDs and journalists continues unabated

Attacks against human rights defenders and journalists continue in Colombia, despite the peace process. Just in March, organisations documented 8 attacks against social leaders. Read more

Wave of attacks against HRDs and journalists continues unabated

Changes to security laws likely to have chilling effect, UN warns

UN special rapporteurs warned that changes to security laws in Australia could be inconsistent with the its international human rights obligations . Media organisations demand a blanket public interest exemption for journalists to proposed bill. Protests at Australia-ASEAN meeting, by indigenous groups and against Adani coal mine Read more

Changes to security laws likely to have chilling effect, UN warns

Lawyer threatened for advocating on behalf of indigenous communities' rights

Lawyer Nelson La Madrid received threats that he believes are due to his work defending the Guaraní indigenous communities in their effort to stop the building of a hydroelectrical project. Read more

Lawyer threatened for advocating on behalf of indigenous communities' rights

Anti-Terrorism Law used to repress indigenous group's rights

As reported by Amnesty International, in 2017 "the Attorney General’s Office and the government continued to misuse the Anti-terrorism Law to prosecute Mapuche people in violation of due process guarantees". Amnesty Executive Director Ana Piquer declared that the law needs to be reformed and brought inline with international standards. Read more

Anti-Terrorism Law used to repress indigenous group's rights

Thousands of tear gas canisters fired as police clear anti-capitalist community

In dramatic scenes during April, thousands of police descended on a community in northwest France in an attempt to forcibly evict anti-capitalist residents. Read more

Thousands of tear gas canisters fired as police clear anti-capitalist community

Lawyer defending environmental rights activist killed in Honduras

On 10th April 2018, lawyer Carlos Hernández was murdered in the city of Tela, Atlántida. Hernández supported civic causes and was the legal representative of Arnoldo Chacónis, mayor of the town of Arizona who is facing charges for his efforts to protect the Rio Jilamito from the potential environmental effects of constructing a hydroelectric plant. Read more

Lawyer defending environmental rights activist killed in Honduras

Nurses issue strike notice over breach of collective agreement

THE Solomon Islands Nurses Association (SINA) issued a strike notice over an alleged breach by the Ministry over an agreement signed in 2007. Students in the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) organized a sit-in protest to address issues including student welfare . Longstanding protests against a bauxite mining operation on Santa Cruz Island have continued Read more

Nurses issue strike notice over breach of collective agreement