indigenous groups

Civil society fights back against threatened closure of environmental CSO

On 20th December, the Ecuadorian government threatened to dissolve Acción Ecológica, an environmental CSO raising awareness on the impact of a planned mega-copper mine on the lands of the Shuar indigenous people.
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Civil society fights back against threatened closure of environmental CSO

Human rights defenders continue to be killed in Guatemala

A journalist, a union activist and an environmental activist were murdered in separate events in early November.
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Human rights defenders continue to be killed in Guatemala

Authorities continue to use surveillance, threats of deregistration against civil society

Environment Defence Canada, a small environment group opposing government pipeline policies, was notified that its charitable status will be revoked for being too political.
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Authorities continue to use surveillance, threats of deregistration against civil society

Tougher laws choke civil society independence in Bangladesh

The authorities in Bangladesh have continued their harassment of civil society through the new legislation designed to choke independent civil society. Read more

Tougher laws choke civil society independence in Bangladesh

Hate speech spikes in wake of Trump victory

Civil liberties groups have reported a surge in hate speech and crime incidents across the US since the November 8th election of Donald Trump, whose campaign was criticized for its xenophobic and a divisive rhetoric. Read more

Hate speech spikes in wake of Trump victory

Four gang members convicted of assassinating journalist

Four members of Mara Salvatrucha were sentenced to 20 years in prison due to their participation in the murder of Nicolás Humberto García, an indigenous community radio journalist. Read more

Four gang members convicted of assassinating journalist

Protest rights increasingly undermined in USA

Civic freedoms, and in particular the right to protests are being restricted in USA as Black Lives Matter protests continue to be repressed and activists are targetted with surveillance and infiltration. Read more

Protest rights increasingly undermined in USA

Peaceful protests continue in Suriname

Protests by students and indigenous land rights groups were recently conducted peacefully in Suriname. Read more

Peaceful protests continue in Suriname

Russia continues to target foreign and domestic organisations

Several foreign CSOs were designated "undesirable" and Russian groups were banned from working with them, while a leading independent polling agency was declared a foreign agent. Read more

Russia continues to target foreign and domestic organisations

Authorities continue to disrupt protests against mega projects

Security forces in Panama continue to disrupt indigenous protests, using rubber bullets to disperse the gathering, injuring some protestors. Read more

Authorities continue to disrupt protests against mega projects