Civic Space Developments

HRDs co-opted into government, citizens arrested for opinions & first ever pride parade held

Controversial Labour Relations and Employment Amendment Bill raises concern; Analysts criticise co-opting of HRDs into government; Protesters denounce high cost of living; Demonstrations held over suspicious Loans Authorisation Bill; Protests held over land issues; Labour Relations and Employment Amendment Act sparks protests; First ever LGBTQI+ Pride parade held; Citizen jailed over Facebook post; Woman convicted over WhatsApp voice note Read more

HRDs co-opted into government, citizens arrested for opinions & first ever pride parade held

Journalist killed in a targeted car bomb attack, WHRDs targeted and citizens executed

27-year-old journalist Rasha Abdullah Al-Harazi, who was nine months pregnant, was killed by a car bomb as she made her way to the hospital to give birth; West Capital Municipality Court of First Instance in Sana’a sentenced a model and actress, Entisar Abdulrahman Al-Hammadi, to five years in prison after convicting her of prostitution and drug use; security forces stormed the home of a human rights defender, Amatullah Al-Hammadi, in the city of Marib and arrested her Read more

Journalist killed in a targeted car bomb attack, WHRDs targeted and citizens executed

Foreign Agents Law would restrict fundamental freedoms in El Salvador

On 9th November 2021, President Nayib Bukele’s government presented to the National Assembly a draft Foreign Agents Law that could be used to stifle civil society and independent media. The proposed legislation would limit legitimate activities of organisations and individuals who receive funding or support from abroad. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Foreign Agents Law would restrict fundamental freedoms in El Salvador

Dominican Republic: protests for Haitian migrants, women and LGBTQIA+ rights

As previously reported by the CIVICUS Monitor, the new Penal Code in discussion by lawmakers generated concern by civil society groups defending women’s rights and LGBTQIA+ rights. The legislation would continue to criminalise abortion in most situations and does not establish protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more

Dominican Republic: protests for Haitian migrants, women and LGBTQIA+ rights

Government cements further power over media; effects of anti-LGBTQI law seen

There have been concerning developments on media freedom. In October 2021), Mónika Karas, President of the National Media and Communications Authority (NHHH) and its Media Council resigned from her position. Karas was appointed in 2013 for a nine-year term. Under Karas’s leadership, the regulatory bodies have contributed to systematic declines in media freedom and the steady silencing of critical voices. . Karas’s early resignation opened the door for the ruling populist right-wing Fidesz party to decide on a new president for the next nine years before the upcoming general elections, thereby consolidating their power over a strategically important territory. There have been further concerning developments on LGBTQI+ rights. Several conquences have been documented as a result of the new anti-LGBTQI+ law: such as the censoring of a LGBTQI+ film and book. Additionally, the law has had a chilling effect: CSO's working on human rights have been denied access to schools while teachers and psychologists have to self-censor. Read more

Government cements further power over media; effects of anti-LGBTQI law seen

Crackdown on protests after military coup

Since the 25th October military coup, multiple demonstrations took place in the country demanding the military government step back and allow a peaceful transition to civilian rule.

Security forces have repeatedly used teargas, rubber bullets and live ammunition to disperse protesters. According to the Sudanese Doctors’ Committee, at least 40 people have been killed during demonstrations in the capital Khartoum since the protests started.
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Crackdown on protests after military coup

Politicians hold protest outside parliament while LGBTQI community still at risk in Samoa

In September 2021, opposition party members held a protest outside parliament while in November 2021, the government failed to support recommendations by the Human Rights Council to protect the LGBTQI community Read more

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Politicians hold protest outside parliament while LGBTQI community still at risk in Samoa

Arbitrary detentions continue as Nicaragua announces decision to withdraw from OAS

After the Organisation of American States (OAS) adopted a resolution condemning Nicaragua’s elections on 12th November 2021, the country announced it would withdraw from the organisation. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Arbitrary detentions continue as Nicaragua announces decision to withdraw from OAS

2021: a bad year for freedom of expression in Mozambique amid human rights crisis in Cabo Delgado

Several journalists were physically assaulted and intimidated in the past year, with some briefly detained, as documented by press freedom organisations Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), MISA Moçambique (Instituto para a Comunicação Social da África Austral – Moçambique) and Forum of Community Radios (FORCOM - Fórum de Rádios Comunitárias). Read more

2021: a bad year for freedom of expression in Mozambique amid human rights crisis in Cabo Delgado