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Canada: Freedom Convoy organisers have their day in court

In April 2022, the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) announced they had initiated a Charter of Rights challenge against the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), arguing that a multi-year audit of the charity was tainted by bias and islamophobia. Read more

Canada: Freedom Convoy organisers have their day in court

Vote of no confidence sparks protests

In February 2022, the Montenegrin government was toppled by a vote of no-confidence supported by opposition parties and the junior coalition partner URA. Several protests across the country have been organised prior to and in the aftermath of the vote. The political negotiation process to form a new minority or majority government has been accompanied by street protests mainly attended by protesters supporting the Democratic Montenegro party. Read more

Vote of no confidence sparks protests

Nicaragua: prosecution and conviction of several political prisoners

In January and February 2022, Nicaraguan authorities resumed the prosecution of political prisoners, holding “express” trials marred by procedural irregularities. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Nicaragua: prosecution and conviction of several political prisoners

Canada: Protests against health restrictions show no signs of slowing

On 1st January 2022, a pastor who has been repeatedly arrested for holding church gatherings in Calgary was arrested again after he attended a protest outside the provincial health minister's home. Read more

Canada: Protests against health restrictions show no signs of slowing

New tax rules impact civil society in Mexico

On 27th October 2021, Indigenous forest defender Irma Galindo Barrios went missing, reportedly after attending a protest in Mexico City. According to IM-Defensoras, she was meant to attend a conference of the Mechanism to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in the capital, but never arrived. Read more

New tax rules impact civil society in Mexico

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

Reprisals against Hmong, religious freedom violations and search for Sombath continues

In recent months, the UN Secretary General reported on the issue of reprisals faced by individuals communicating with the UN, particularly in relation to the disappeared members of the Hmong community. A new report highlighted the implications of the country’s Decree 315 on the situation of freedom of religion and belief and supported the development of an updated decree compliant with international standards. The wife of human rights defender Sombath Somphone marked almost nine years of his disappearance on the International Day of the Disappeared. Migrant Myanmar workers protested in Laos over the lack of support during the lockdown.
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Reprisals against Hmong, religious freedom violations and search for Sombath continues

Increasingly Unstable Environment for Human Rights and Civic Freedoms as Iraqi Elections Take Place

In the run up to the Iraqi elections which took place on 10th October 2021, with one of the lowest turn-outs in years, there has been an increasingly unstable atmosphere for the exercise of basic human rights and civic freedoms. In addition to violations of freedom of expression and assembly, a recent report by Human Rights Watch highlighted the difficulties facing Iraqis, with inability to exercise their right to vote as a result of discriminatory legislation and inaccessible polling stations. Read more

Increasingly Unstable Environment for Human Rights and Civic Freedoms as Iraqi Elections Take Place

Haiti: insecurity crisis hampers aid delivery, creates shortages and leads to protests

On 14th August 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit three departments on Haiti’s southern coast – the Nippes, the South and the Grand’Anse. According to a report by the National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH) based on information provided by the national emergency agency, at least 1,300 people were killed and nearly 6,000 others injured. Read more  |  Read in French

Haiti: insecurity crisis hampers aid delivery, creates shortages and leads to protests

Belize: protesters demand justice for teenager killed by police

On 14th July 2021, 14-year-old Laddie Gillett was shot and killed by a police corporal in the beach town Placencia Village, Stann Creek District. According to news reports, the young boy and a friend were running on the beach trying to beat the curfew when they were pursued by police officers. The incident has sparked outrage, leading to protests for justice and a campaign for police reform. Read more

Belize: protesters demand justice for teenager killed by police