Civic Space Developments

Increasing crackdown on ‘anti-socialist behaviour’ in North Korea as new political prison camp built

In recent months, social order disciplinary units have been created to control and squash “anti-socialist behaviour” including arrests for watching videos or possessing foreign mobile phones. A new political prison camp in North Pyongan province has been reported as well as harsh sanctions for those breaking COVID-19 regulations Read more

Increasing crackdown on ‘anti-socialist behaviour’ in North Korea as new political prison camp built

Protests in Japan around death in immigration detention, arrest of anti-Olympics activist

In recent months there have been protests against the lack of transparency and accountability around the death of a Sri Lankan woman in immigration detention. There have also been protests against the Paralympics and the detention of a protester by the authorities. Read more

Protests in Japan around death in immigration detention, arrest of anti-Olympics activist

Sri Lanka authorities crack down on protests, stifle critics and accused of torturing detainees

In recent months the authorities have cracked down on protests and activists advocating for education rights, intimidated individuals critical of the government and detained them under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). There have been reports of political prisoners tortured in custody and concerns about amendments to the NGO law. Read more

Sri Lanka authorities crack down on protests, stifle critics and accused of torturing detainees

Honduras among the most dangerous countries in the world for environmental defenders

1st September 2021 marked exactly two years since eight members of the Comité Municipal de Defensa de los Bienes Comunes y Públicos (Committee for the Defence of Common and Public Assets - CMDBCP) were detained for defending protected water sources and natural resources in danger of mining-related contamination. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Honduras among the most dangerous countries in the world for environmental defenders

Colombia: four months since the beginning of National Strike

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, at the end of April 2021, a tax reform bill sparked nationwide anti-government protests in Colombia. According to Human Rights Watch, at least 68 people had died during the protests by the beginning of June. Over a thousand were injured and detained, and hundreds were reported missing. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Colombia: four months since the beginning of National Strike

Reprisals against activists for 2020 protests unabating

Activist declared a terrorist in Belarus; Activist found dead in Kyiv; Number of political prisoners in Belarus steadily increasing; Read more

Reprisals against activists for 2020 protests unabating

Crack down on protests, activists systematically detained & sentenced on spurious charges

CSOs express grave concerns over the rising death toll and mass arrests in response to protests in Khuzestan and other Iranian provinces; New report raises concerns about alleged reprisals against human rights defenders for Cooperation with the United Nations; several activists detained and sentenced on spurious charges; Read more

Crack down on protests, activists systematically detained & sentenced on spurious charges

Positive CSO funding developments, protests against COVID-19 vaccinations, debate on LGBTI rights

There have been positive developments for CSO funding. This includes a new funding program for NGOs which has been launched by the Social Integration Fund (SIF). The aim is to provide support to activities implemented by NGOs which promote information and access to the COVID-19 vaccination process in all regions of Latvia. NGOs in Latvia are concerned about how new amendments to the Law on State Social Insurance will affect them. The Baltic Way, a historic moment in the Baltic countries to advocate for freedom since 1989, was used this year by opponents of 'mandatory' COVID-19 vaccination to spread their messages. During the Summer, public debate on LGBT+ rights in Latvia was sparked after Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš condemned an anti-LGBT+ law adopted in Hungary in mid-June 2021 and signed a document at the meeting of Ministers for European Affairs which affirms support for the rights of LGBT+ persons. Several Latvian NGOs working in the field of ‘natural’ family rights have called for his resignation from office. Read more

Positive CSO funding developments, protests against COVID-19 vaccinations, debate  on LGBTI rights

Costa Rica: repression of Indigenous communities and protests by Nicaraguan exiles

On 11th September 2021, Nicaraguan activist Joao Maldonado was shot in Escazú, on the outskirts of San José. The attack took place a day before a scheduled protest against the government of President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua led by the organisation Unidad de Exiliados Nicaragüenses (Unity of Nicaraguan Exiles). Read more

Costa Rica: repression of Indigenous communities and protests by Nicaraguan exiles

Guatemalan civic space continues to shrink during Giammattei’s government

On 23rd July 2021, Guatemalan Attorney General Consuelo Porras removed the country’s lead anti-corruption prosecutor, Juan Francisco Sandoval, from his position as head of the Special Prosecutor’s Office against Impunity (FECI). Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Guatemalan civic space continues to shrink during Giammattei’s government