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Haitian journalists faced with spiralling violence

Insecurity and violence continued to affect the daily lives of press workers in Haiti, some of whom reported facing attacks not only from criminal gangs but also from Haitian security forces. The situation led international organisations such as Reporters Without Borders (RSF) to call for urgent measures to ensure that media personnel are able to work safely without being targeted. Read more  |  Read in French

Haitian journalists faced with spiralling violence

Bangladeshi government brutally cracks down on opposition rallies as well as journalists and dissidents

Since August 2022, there have been systematic efforts to disrupt gatherings and protests by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) with police using excessive force and, in some instances, firearms. Thousands have also been arbitrarily arrested. There have been ongoing cases of enforced disappearances and intimidation of their families as the government vilified the UN working group on enforced disappearances. The de-registration of human rights group Odhikar was upheld by the government, families of journalists abroad faced harassment and the government attempted to silence social media critics. Read more

Bangladeshi government brutally cracks down on opposition rallies as well as journalists and dissidents

Brazil: anti-democratic demonstrations following presidential election

On 30th October 2022, Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva won a narrow victory in the second round of Brazil’s presidential elections. Lula was elected with 50.90% of the votes, against 49.10% for far-right incumbent Jair Messias Bolsonaro. A former union leader and president of Brazil between 2003 and 2010, Lula spent over 500 days in jail for corruption and was banned from running for office for several years before his conviction was thrown out in 2021. Read more

Brazil: anti-democratic demonstrations following presidential election

The Singapore authorities continues its use of restrictive laws to harass critics and activists and stifle protests

In recent months, POFMA correction directions have been issued against critics. A film on religious and LGBTQI+ issues was banned by authorities and there are concerns about a new online safety law. The authorities have continued to harass activists for their social media posts while peaceful protesters have continued to be investigated or convicted. Read more

The Singapore authorities continues its use of restrictive laws to harass critics and activists and stifle protests

Repression continues with new wave of protests

A wave of protests that began in September 2022 as collective action against the country’s compulsory head-covering laws, which quickly expanded to articulate broader grievances and demands for fundamental political and social change, has been met with a ruthless crackdown characterised by use of lethal force. Read more

Repression continues with new wave of protests

“Alarming decline” in press freedom as proposal to re-criminalise press offences is on the table

According to Reporters without Borders (RSF), Minister of Justice Djoubaye Abazene announced a revision of the 2020 Law on Freedom of Communication during a meeting with his staff on 17th October 2022, to which journalists were invited. The revision would reverse the decriminalisation of press offences in the 2020 Law and place the national media regulator, the High Council for Communication, under control of the Ministry of Communication. Read more

“Alarming decline” in press freedom as proposal to re-criminalise press offences is on the table

Protesters continue to face prosecution and excessive force while activists criminalised for royal defamation in Thailand

Since August 2022, there have been ongoing concerns around prosecutions under the now lifted Emergency Decree, prosecutions of child protesters, electronic surveillance of activists and excessive force used against protesters and journalists around the APEC summit. There are also concerns around the judicial harassment of woman rights defender Nada Chaiyajit, Uyghurs languishing in detention and ongoing prosecutions for royal defamation. Read more

Protesters continue to face prosecution and excessive force while activists criminalised for royal defamation in Thailand

Widespread protests in China met with repression including restrictions, harassment and censorship

Unprecedented protests have erupted across China including in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan, Lanzhou, Guangzhou, and Chengdu due to widespread public frustration with the “zero-COVID” policy, lockdowns and other restrictions. The authorities have moved swiftly to stifle the mass protests by blocking protest sites, harassing and arresting protesters, and have stepped up surveillance and censorship of social media.
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Widespread protests in China met with repression including restrictions, harassment and censorship

Protests escalate in Afghanistan as frustration with Taliban rule and abuses grow

In recent months, protests by women activists have been met by restrictions and violence as well as arrests, torture and ill-treatment. Media outlets have been banned and journalists covering protests restricted. Books and social media apps are being banned while political parties have effectively been banned. Read more

Protests escalate in Afghanistan as frustration with Taliban rule and abuses grow