HRD prosecuted

Venezuela: Teachers protest for decent wages; killing and detention of HRDs

On 30th June 2022, Uwottujja leader and human rights defender Virgilio Trujillo Arana was shot and killed in Puerto Ayacucho, Amazonas state. He was a member of Organización Indígena Piaroas Unidos del Sipapo (Oipus), an Indigenous organisation, and coordinated Autana’s Uwottujja Indigenous guard, a group created to defend ancestral territories from illegal mining and other illicit activities. Read more

Venezuela: Teachers protest for decent wages; killing and detention of HRDs

Nicaragua: closure of CSOs, community radio stations, and television cable channel

The repression and persecution of civil society organisations, religious groups, and independent press continues unabated. In recent months, leaders of the Roman Catholic Church were particularly targeted. Church representatives who attempted to mediate dialogues between the government and opposition in 2018 have been branded as “terrorists” by President Daniel Ortega. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Nicaragua: closure of CSOs, community radio stations, and television cable channel

Civic freedoms restricted ahead of 24th August general elections

On 17th August 2022, police officers attempted to prevent a civil society protest from taking place in Luanda. The protest, organised by dozens of CSO's, aimed to protest irregularities in the electoral process for the upcoming general elections on 24th August 2022. Groups of protesters, spread out on the planned itinerary of the protest, were dispersed by police officers. Dozens of protesters, including VOA correspondent Coque Mukuta, were reportedly arrested. Read more

Civic freedoms restricted ahead of 24th August general elections

Activists criminalised for royal defamation and targeted by spyware in Thailand

In recent months, the authorities have continued to arrest and prosecute activists and critics for royal defamation, including a musician who has been jailed for six years. Some activists prosecuted for royal defamation went on a hunger strike to protest the denial of bail. Human rights grous also exposed the use of Pegasus spyware on the phones of dozens of pro-democracy activists as well as academics. The authorities have brought charges against Sitanun Satsaksit, the brother of Wanchalearm Satsaksit, who has been forcibly disappeared while protsters continued to be indicted. There has also been ongoing opposition against a restrictive draft law on not-for-profit organisations Read more

Activists criminalised for royal defamation and targeted by spyware in Thailand

Bolivia: Indigenous environmental defenders face threats and judicial harassment

In May and June 2022, about 30 members of the Ayllu Acre Antequera community in Antequera, Oruro department organised a vigil to draw attention to water contamination and other environmental damage resulting from mining in the region. Read more

Bolivia: Indigenous environmental defenders face threats and judicial harassment

Reports and monitoring missions document extreme repression and violence against activists

In response to mounting pressure from human rights defenders in Iraq, the Ministry of Interior arrested Lieutenant-Colonel Omar Nizar, who was affiliated with the Rapid Response Division, on charges of killing protesters during a 2019 crackdown; Protesters summoned for their participation in protests on 25th October 2019; Body of civil society activist Haider Sabri found in Basra city with a bullet wound to the head; Read more

Reports and monitoring missions document extreme repression and violence against activists

Ongoing attacks on freedom of expression spark international concern

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) expressed its concerns over the ongoing attacks on freedom of expression in Yemen, including imprisonment of journalists, some of whom face the death penalty for their work, as well as the murder of journalists, some of which have been killed with car bombs Read more

Ongoing attacks on freedom of expression spark international concern

CSOs report new wave of oppression against human rights defenders and civil society

CHRI reported that there had been an intensification in the Iranian authorities’ crackdown on dissent in the month since the intelligence chief of the Iranian military’s Islamic Revolutionary Corps (IRC) was replaced; Iranian authorities sentenced five prominent human rights defenders to prison for attempting to file a legal complaint against government agencies and officials for mismanagement of the Covid-19 crisis; CSOs draw attention to trend by authorities to repeatedly sentence and imprison women human rights defenders in a revolving prison door that will never let them be free; civil society organisations released a joint statement condemning and calling for the release of LGBTIQ+ activist Zahra Sedighi-Hamadani, known as Sareh, who has been in detention since October 2021 Read more

CSOs report new wave of oppression against human rights defenders and civil society

Cuba: Repercussions of July 2021 mass protests still felt

One year after anti-government protests broke out across Cuba on 11th July 2021, the repercussions of these demonstrations are still being felt. Judicial proceedings against protesters are still ongoing, and civil society organisations report that the supression of civic space has intensified since then. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Cuba: Repercussions of July 2021 mass protests still felt

Several killed, injured, arrested in protest against the military junta’s “unilateral management of the transition”

Front National pour la Défence de la Constitution (FNDC), a coalition of political parties, civil society groups and trade unions, called for protests on 28th and 29th July 2022 in Conakry to demand more transparency in Guinea’s transition, as coordinated by the military junta. Protests also called for the establishment of an inclusive framework for dialogue. According to news reports, the military junta deployed the armed forces to maintain public order during the demonstrations, and security forces reportedly used tear gas to disperse protesters, while protesters responded by throwing stones and burning tyres. Some of the protests turned into violent clashes between protesters and security forces, particularly in the neighbourhoods of Bambèto, Sonfonia and on the route Le Prince, and which led to casualties, injuries,and dozens of arrests. Read more  |  Read in French

Several killed, injured, arrested in protest against the military junta’s “unilateral management of the transition”