United States of America

New state laws increase penalties for protest actions in Oklahoma

As previously reported on the Monitor, several states have proposed or approved new legislation curtailing protests and demonstrations. Recently, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed House Bill 1123 into law, increasing penalties for the the following actions: trespassing on “critical infrastructure” and "willfully destroying" or impeding "operations of the facility". Read more

New state laws increase penalties for protest actions in Oklahoma

States consider legislation to limit and control protests

A number bills curtailing protests and demonstrations have been proposed or passed in 19 states legislatures. The legislation aims to limit certain protest tactics or increase penalties for illegal protests. In South Dakota, for example, a new law has expanded the governor’s authority to prohibit protest activities on public lands and protests that interfere with highway traffic. In Georgia, legislators are considering a bill that would broaden the definition of domestic terrorism to potentially include demonstrations, boycotts, and other forms of protest and political expression. Read more

States consider legislation to limit and control protests

Millions demonstrate against Trump as states plan restrictive protest laws

An estimted three million people protested on the streets of the USA one day after Donald Trump's inauguration. Read more

Millions demonstrate against Trump as states plan restrictive protest laws

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

Trump victory spurs protests

Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election sparked a wave of protests across the country. Read more

Trump victory spurs protests

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

Scores arrested during Black Lives Matter protests

The month of July was marked by reports of major arrests, violent protests and police brutality across the nation. Read more

Scores arrested during Black Lives Matter protests

Black Lives Matter Activist convicted of 'felony lynching'

The criminalisation of protesters in the USA was highlighted by the conviction of Black Lives Matter activist, Jasmine Richards for “felony lynching”. Read more

Peaceful Assembly in USA

Protests – both planned and spontaneous – are an integral part of civic life in the USA. Demonstrations on a wide range of issues take place every day throughout the country and most of them are peaceful and well-policed. Read more