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Colombia: human rights defenders and local leaders impacted by violence in rural areas

On 26th July 2022, the UN Human Rights Office published a report on the rising violence in rural areas of Colombia. According to the study, violence fell dramatically after the signing of the Peace Agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016, but increased again as non-state armed groups and criminal organisations expanded their presence, particularly over the past two years. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Colombia: human rights defenders and local leaders impacted by violence in rural areas

Bangladesh authorities intensify persecution of rights group Odhikar, journalists, and critics

In recent months, civic space violations have continued to take place, including the judicial harassment of human rights group Odhikar and their staff as well as ongoing attacks by ruling party youth activists, carried out with impunity. There have been cases of arrests and attacks against journalists, the use of blasphemy charges against teachers, and the seven-year conviction of a student for a social media post critical of the government. Regulations to increase control over the digital space has also been proposed in the government. Read more

Bangladesh authorities intensify persecution of rights group Odhikar, journalists, and critics

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

Indian authorities criminalise activists and bulldoze homes of protesters to silence dissent

In recent months, fabricated cases have been brought against activists, including prominent human rights defender Teesta Setalvad who has been arrested and detained. Journalist Mohammed Zubair, who has exposed hate speech and disinformation, was also arrested. The homes of protesters have been bulldozed. Read more

Indian authorities criminalise activists and bulldoze homes of protesters to silence dissent

Students call for educational reforms; labour day protests

Several protests, marches and strikes took place for labour rights on International Workers Day. Separately marches were staged calling for increased quality in education and education reforms. The Association for Journalist's in Kosovo (AJK) denounced denigrating language, lawsuits & indictments against journalists Read more

Students call for educational reforms; labour day protests

USA: thousands demonstrate to demand gun control legislation

In May and June 2022, tens of thousands of people demonstrated across the country to demand gun control after a wave of deadly mass shootings. On 11th June 2022, protesters turned out to more than 450 rallies nationwide, with the D.C. event of the March for Our Lives drawing thousands of demonstrators. Read more

USA: thousands demonstrate to demand gun control legislation

Reappointment of Attorney General signals difficult times for civil society and the press in Guatemala

On 16th May 2022, President Alejandro Giammattei announced the reappointment of Attorney General Consuelo Porras to another four years in office. Since taking office in 2018, Porras has been criticised by civil society organisations for dismantling anti-corruption efforts and abusing her powers by persecuting people who contributed to these efforts. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Reappointment of Attorney General signals difficult times for civil society and the press in Guatemala

Mexico: twelve journalists killed by the end of June 2022

On 29th June 2022, veteran journalist Antonio de la Cruz, a reporter for the newspaper Expreso, was shot dead near his house in Ciudad Victoria, capital of the state of Tamaulipas. De la Cruz had worked with Expreso for over two decades, covering environmental issues and agriculture. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Mexico: twelve journalists killed by the end of June 2022

Protests for academic freedom met with excessive force, journalist under surveillance

A series of demonstrations which have taken place at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki over the past few months have been met with repressions. The protests began after the Council of the State, Greece’s highest administrative court, ruled that the legislation which provides for the creation of a new police corps, permanently stationed on university campuses, does not violate academic freedom. The ruling was handed down in early 2021 and entered into force in June 2022, with university police being stationed at two of Greece’s largest campuses in Athens and Thessaloniki. On 11th April 2022, it was first revealed that Greek journalist Thanasis Koukakis had been under surveillance for approximately ten weeks when his cell phone was hacked and infected with surveillance software, known as Predator. Additionally several cases of detention, harassment and intimidation against journalists were documented. Read more

Protests for academic freedom met with excessive force, journalist under surveillance

Youth protest in Mongolia on the economic situation while press freedom rankings drop

In April 2022, youths protested around the failure of government to address economic issues, with some arrested by the police and beaten. The country’s press freedom ranking by Reporters Without dropped 22 places, as journalists continue to be targeted. Activist Munkhbayar Chuluundorj remains in detention. Read more

Youth protest in Mongolia on the economic situation while press freedom rankings drop