land rights

Student activists ill-treated by security forces during protests

Student activists were arrested or ill-treated in protests around land and environmental issues. Authorities used defamation laws to criminalise online expression. Read more

Student activists ill-treated by security forces during protests

Indigenous rights community attacked and defenders harassed

Local communities in Guatemala continue to face threats and violence from companies and other interest groups trying to usurp their land. There are numerous cases of land rights violations in the country that either involve the government or where the authorities take no action to protect citizens whose rights are being violated. Read more

Indigenous rights community attacked and defenders harassed

Central Yangon bans protests while critics are criminalised

Authorities in central Yangon issued a ban on assemblies and processions in November while protests against land grabbing also faced restrictions. Government critics continued to be criminalised for their peaceful expression both online and offline. Read more

Central Yangon bans protests while critics are criminalised

Plans to release political prisoners as ethnic tensions spark clashes and protests

On 3rd January 2018, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced that he would release political prisoners, issue pardons and close the Maekelawi Detention Centre in Addis Ababa, which human rights groups have reported as a site of torture. Read more

Plans to release political prisoners as ethnic tensions spark clashes and protests

Criminalisation and disruption of protests continue in Bolivia

Several protests in the Achacachi community were repressed by security forces and many demonstrators are currently detained and facing trial. Read more

Criminalisation and disruption of protests continue in Bolivia

Indigenous communities demonstrate in defense of their land

In different areas of Peru, indigenous communities are protesting to demand the government recognition of their rights to their land. Read more

Indigenous communities demonstrate in defense of their land

New law protects minority languages and expands their spheres of use

In a welcome step, Albania's first law to boost the status and rights of minorities in Albania, is the culmination of a long running campaign to bring minority rights inline with international standards. In addition to allocating extra funding for recognised ethnic minority communities, media outlets and affiliated civic groups, the law also officiates the use of minority languages for communications with Albanian authorities Read more

New law protects minority languages and expands their spheres of use

Land rights defender arbitrarily detained for over 40 hours

Activists in Nicaragua continue to work in a hostile environment Read more

Land rights defender arbitrarily detained for over 40 hours

NGO bill under consideration poses "grave danger to democracy"

In recent months, there have been reported cases of the government cracking down on independent media outlets, critical voices and journalists. Read more

NGO bill under consideration poses "grave danger to democracy"