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Despite sanctions, abuses against activists, journalists and protesters persist in Bangladesh

Human rights abuses have continued to be reported including judicial harassment of human rights defenders as well as the families of activists in exile. Families of the disappeared have been coerced to sign statements denying the violation took place. Journalists have also been targeted as well as media outlets critical of the state. The police have also disrupted and used excessive force against protesters. In some cases, ruling party supporters were also involved in attacks on protesters with impunity. Read more

Despite sanctions, abuses against activists, journalists and protesters persist in Bangladesh

Authorities harass and squeeze funding of NGOs while activists, journalists targeted in India

The authorities have blocked access to foreign funding for NGOs using the restrictive Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act and raided the offices of human rights groups for allegedly violating the law. There continues to be a lack of accountability on the use of the Pegasus spyware against activists, while human rights defenders and journalists continue to be targeted, including in Jammu and Kashmir. Activists and protesters also remain in detention on various trumped up charges. Read more

Authorities harass and squeeze funding of NGOs while activists, journalists targeted in India

Government critics face continued harassment, journalists face restrictions, assault and arrest

Police officers detain six environmental activists; military was deployed around the home of Robert Kyagulanyi, (popularly known as Bobi Wine) ahead of his scheduled campaign for his party’s candidature in the Kayunga district chairperson by-election; police officers arrest 33 doctors and interns attempting to petition the parliament speaker; Media Council of Uganda release a statement reiterating the directive for all news editors to register with the council; security forces violently arrest three journalists while covering the district LCV chairperson by-elections in Kayunga; Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) withdrew charges against two online journalists; Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, an author and government critic, arrested in his home by armed men claiming to be police officers for allegedly posting on Twitter about Museveni and his son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba Read more

Government critics face continued harassment, journalists face restrictions, assault and arrest

Malaysia starts its UN Human Rights Council term by harassing activists, protesters and critics

On 14th October 2021, Malaysia was elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the 2022 – 2024 term. In recent months, the government has targeted journalists and a graphic artist and has attempted to remove critical tweets. It is also harassing a whistle-blower for corruption allegations against the anti-graft chief Azam Baki as well as activists, opposition parliamentarians and protesters seeking an investigation into the case. Police also raided an NGO working on police abuse and have failed five years on to bring the perpetrators of the enforced disappearances of four individuals to justice. Read more

Malaysia starts its UN Human Rights Council term by harassing activists, protesters and critics

More anti-COVID-19 restrictions’ protests reported, journalists to pay damages for defamation

More protests against COVID-19 restrictions, Protesters denounce LGBTQI+ centre attack, Authorities acknowledge use of force against journalists, Journalists ordered to pay damages for defamation Read more

More anti-COVID-19 restrictions’ protests reported, journalists to pay damages for defamation

Crackdown on civic activists and media workers on the rise

NSS arrests Kuel Aguer Kuel, a member of the pressure group People’s Coalition for Civil Action (PCCA); The NSS and the police cautioned citizens against participating in planned protest against the government after the PCCA planned to hold nationwide protests on 30th August 2021; HRDs and activists arrested for planning protests; Journalists arrested for broadcasting planned protests; Several separate incidents of harassment of journalists by the NSS reported. Read more

Crackdown on civic activists and media workers on the rise

Ongoing violations on civic freedoms at Poland/Belarus border; further threats to LGBTQI+ rights

On 1st December 2021, the one-month-long state of emergency introduced in September 2021 along the Polish-Belarusian border expired after having been extended for a further 60 days. Following this, the Polish government installed several replacement measures which maintained restrictions on access to the area of the Poland-Belarus border. There have been concerning civic space developments as a result of the border situation. A police raid was carried out to investigate the activities of a humanitarian aid group, the Club of Catholic Intelligentsia, operating near the border. On 15th December 2021, four of their volunteers were interviewed by the police and the group’s phones and laptops were confiscated. Additionally, journalists reporting on the border crisis continue to face arbitrary detentions. New regulations which came into effect state that the local Border Guard Commander has the right to arbitrarily select media workers admitted to the border zone, who will be granted a permit. The regulations in effect raised international concern over transparency and the respect of human rights and media freedom. Additionally, the government has continued to attack LGBTQI+ rights through restrictive legislation. Read more  |  Read in Polish

Ongoing violations on civic freedoms at Poland/Belarus border; further threats to LGBTQI+ rights

Foreign Agents Law would restrict fundamental freedoms in El Salvador

On 9th November 2021, President Nayib Bukele’s government presented to the National Assembly a draft Foreign Agents Law that could be used to stifle civil society and independent media. The proposed legislation would limit legitimate activities of organisations and individuals who receive funding or support from abroad. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Foreign Agents Law would restrict fundamental freedoms in El Salvador

Guatemala: Siege in municipality to prevent anti-mining protests by Indigenous groups

On 12th October 2021, hundreds of people marched in Guatemala City to denounce racism and discrimination against Indigenous peoples, as part of a Day of Indigenous People’s Dignity and Resistance. Several countries in the Americas hold commemorative holidays on the date, marking Christopher Columbus’ arrival on the continent in the 15th century. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Guatemala: Siege in municipality to prevent anti-mining protests by Indigenous groups

Repression of activists and journalists persists in Myanmar despite ASEAN rebuke

In the last two months, activists and journalists have continued to be targeted and criminalised and there are reports of torture of political prisoners. The internet has also been shut down in some regions. Some activists and journalists were released in a mass amnesty in October but some have been re-arrested. Read more

Repression of activists and journalists persists in Myanmar despite ASEAN rebuke