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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

Brazil: Anger at government inaction after Indigenous advocate and international correspondent are killed in the Amazon

After a ten-day search, the bodies of Indigenous advocate Bruno Pereira and British journalist Dom Phillips were found in the Itaquaí river, in a remote part of the Amazon rainforest near Brazil’s border with Peru. Pereira and Phillips went missing on 5th June 2022 as they returned from a reporting trip in the region where they were documenting Indigenous rights defenders’ efforts to monitor predatory criminal activities such as illegal fishing and logging. Read more

Brazil: Anger at government inaction after Indigenous advocate and international correspondent are killed in the Amazon

Truckers strike for higher wages in South Korea while trial of activist continues

In recent months, truckers organised an eight-day strike for better wages, resulting in at least 44 arrests. Activist and North Korean defector Park Sang-hak remains on trial for releasing propaganda leaflets along the inter-Korean border. The Supreme Court also made a landmark judgement on reversing convictions on same-sex sexual acts in the military. Read more

Truckers strike for higher wages in South Korea while trial of activist continues

Protests for Ukraine and labour rights; concerns raised over Russian media bans

Several anti-war protests were held during February and March 2022, both before and after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24th February 2022. Several protests for labour rights also took place during this period. Following the banning of Russian outlets , press groups raised concerns of censorship. The groups emphasised that fighting disinformation should not come in the form of censorship; instead there should be a focus on independent fact-checking for misinformation, in addition to teaching media literacy.
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Protests for Ukraine and labour rights; concerns raised over Russian media bans

Canada: use of emergency powers to disperse protests under scrutiny

In April 2022, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that an independent public inquiry would be held into the government’s use of emergency powers in February 2022 to disperse anti-vaccine trucker protests and border blockades. Read more

Canada: use of emergency powers to disperse protests under scrutiny

Journalists face intimidation, harassment and censorship

Protests were staged by educational staff demanding an increase in income in line with the minimum wage and with the current inflation in the country. Traditional May Day protests were also staged to mark this year's Labour Day on 1st May. Protests were held by several interest groups to demand a linear salary increase. Separately, journalists face intimidation, harassment and obstruction. Read more

Journalists face intimidation, harassment and censorship

TransIndex staff resign citing political pressure; Senate approves anti-LGBTQI+ law

On 15th February 2022, after 23 years of operation, the entire editorial staff of the Hungarian minority media platform Transindex in Romania resigned, on grounds of facing suffocating political pressure on their journalistic work. Following this it was reported that the staff of Transindex would be launching a new media project with the Hungarian independent news outlet Telex, named Transtelex. Separately, several attacks against journalists were documented, including against journalist Emilia Sercan who filed a police report after being threatened online and discovering that old private photographs had been stolen from her hard drive and put on porn sites. In another concerning development, the Romanian Senate, the parliament’s upper house, approved an anti-LGBTQI+ legislative draft which mirrors Hungary's law on on disseminating LGBTQI+-related information. Read more

TransIndex staff resign citing political pressure; Senate approves anti-LGBTQI+ law

“A dark day for democracy’: Policing Bill becomes law; protesters at Sarah Everard vigil prosecuted

The Met police are prosecuting six people who took part in the Sara Everard vigil during March 2021 (see previous update) for alleged breach of COVID-19 regulations. Additionally, several protesters from the Just Stop Oil movement have been detained or prosecuted for protesting. Additionally, concerning legislative developments took place during this period: the recently announced Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Bill would ‘stop public bodies from making any boycott, divestment or sanctions decisions that aren’t in line with UK Government foreign or economic trade policies.’ Additionally, the Public Order Bill contains a number of measures which were successfully excluded from the Policing Bill, which was passed into law in April 2022. Read more

“A dark day for democracy’: Policing Bill becomes law; protesters at Sarah Everard vigil prosecuted

Proposed law threatens CSO space, opposition faces brutal repression ahead of elections

Private Voluntary Organisations Amendment Bill Poses Serious Threats to Human Rights and Civic Space; President Mnangagwa Issues Stern Warning to Civil Society Actors; Police arrest Opposition Political Party Members for Election Campaigning; Popular CCC Supporter Arrested for ‘Improper Dressing’; Judiciary Overturns Several CCC political rally bans; Teachers Strike over Wage Increase; Opposition Political Party Rally attacked; Zimbabwe National Students Union Protest over Fee Hikes ; Trial of Clapaton Redi begins over insult charges Read more

Proposed law threatens CSO space, opposition faces brutal repression ahead of elections

Blogger faces lengthy prison sentence & risk of torture if forcibly returned to Kuwait

Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) issued an appeal calling on the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina to grant Kuwaiti blogger Mesaed Al-Musaileem the right to move to a safe third country; Criminal Division of the Court of First Instance (Kulya Court) acquits the President of the Kuwait Association for Information Security, Dr Safaa Zaman, of broadcasting false news; Bedoon rights defenders began an open-ended hunger strike to demand civil and human rights for all Bedoon citizens; human rights defender Abdulhakim Al-Fadhli summoned by the Public Prosecution in Kuwait for the third time in one month, charged with defamation, Kuwaiti Constitutional Court overturns Article 198 of the Penal Code, which criminalised “imitation of the opposite sex”, Read more

Blogger faces lengthy prison sentence & risk of torture if forcibly returned to Kuwait