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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

USA: Pro-choice rally sizzles, pro-Trump rally fizzles

On 2nd October 2021, tens of thousands of women and their supporters marched in multiple cities to protest against state restrictions on abortion and to advocate for a constitutional right to the procedure. Read more

USA: Pro-choice rally sizzles, pro-Trump rally fizzles

A victory for LGBTI Pride parade organisers; concerns over DDoS attacks

The LGBT Pride parade took place for the second time in Sarajevo, under tight security measures to avoid incidents which potentially involve counter protesters from conservative organisations. According to the Sarajevo Open Center, the decision of the Sarajevo Canton, Municipality of Centar, and the City of Sarajevo to cover the costs of additional security measures at the pride march, which were ordered by the Ministry of the Interior of Sarajevo Canton, is a remarkable victory when it comes to the right to freedom of peaceful assembly of LGBTI people. Protests were also staged by coal miners and by the "Justice for David" group. A series of hacker attacks on the news portal nezavisne.com, which lasted for several days from 10th August has been deemed a violation of journalist rights and media freedom by the Association of Bosnian Journalists. Read more

A victory for LGBTI Pride parade organisers; concerns over DDoS attacks

Mexico: Frustration with government takes people to the streets

On 29th August 2021 in Chiapas, members of a teachers’ union blocked President López Obrador’s vehicle on his way to deliver his daily televised news conference. Members of the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (National Coordinator of Education Workers - CNTE) wanted to speak directly to the president about employment issues including remuneration, working conditions and recruitment. Read more

Mexico: Frustration with government takes people to the streets

Protests and media freedom concerns over Russian-Occupied Crimea

“Stop capitulation” protests held in Kyiv; Coalition for Media Freedom calls for release of journalists detained in Crimea; 4 Crimean Tatars imprisoned in the “Hizb-ut-Tahrir case” Read more

Protests and media freedom concerns over Russian-Occupied Crimea

CSOs propose government priorities for sector, while protesters march against mandatory vaccination

CSOs propose government priorities for civil society sector; Protest against mandatory Covid-19 vaccination held Read more

CSOs propose government priorities for sector, while protesters march against mandatory vaccination

Arbitrary detention of Lao women activist, increased online surveillance, persecution of minorities

In recent months, authorities took further steps to crack down on fundamental freedoms. The government announced the formation of a task force to monitor “fake news” related to COVID-19. The UN also determined that the arrest and subsequent imprisonment of a Lao human rights defender and environmental activist was arbitrary. Minority groups continued to be harassed and persecuted by the government. The European Union (EU) report on Human Rights and Democracy raised the lack of improvement on Laos' human rights record, while a report on religious freedom highlighted concerns of religious restrictions faced by minority religious groups. Read more

Arbitrary detention of Lao women activist, increased online surveillance, persecution of minorities

Canada Day marked by vigils and protests following discovery of Indigenous children’s unmarked grave

This year’s Canada Day on 1st July 2021 was marked by vigils and protests following the recent discovery of more than 1,000 unmarked graves of Indigenous children at former residential schools. At least 150,000 Indigenous children were taken from their families to attend the schools over a century as part of the campaign to assimilate the children into Canadian society. Read more

Canada Day marked by vigils and protests following discovery of Indigenous children’s unmarked grave