Americas - HRD killing

Closure of 45 civil society organisations within one month in Nicaragua

As reported in the CIVICUS Monitor in previous updates, an unprecedented crackdown against civil society and political opposition has been ongoing in Nicaragua since the end of May 2021. Dozens of human rights defenders and members of the political opposition have been arrested on trumped-up charges. Business leaders, journalists and former allies of President Ortega have also been targeted. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Closure of 45 civil society organisations within one month in Nicaragua

Mexico: wave of killings of journalists, environmental and Indigenous rights defenders

On 12th June 2021, Yaqui Indigenous leader and environmental defender Luis Urbano Domínguez was shot and killed as he exited a bank in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Mexico: wave of killings of journalists, environmental and Indigenous rights defenders

Peru: polarised elections lead to protests and attacks on journalists

On 28th July 2021, Pedro Castillo of left-wing party Peru Libre was sworn in as president of Peru following six weeks of uncertainty around the country’s elections. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Peru: polarised elections lead to protests and attacks on journalists

Haiti: President Moïse assassinated, launching country into further uncertainty

Overnight on 7th July 2021, a group of armed assassins gunned down President Jovenel Moïse after breaking into his residence in Port-au-Prince. Read more  |  Read in French

Haiti: President Moïse assassinated, launching country into further uncertainty

Protests against tax reform lead thousands to the streets in Colombia, face brutal police repression

Since 28th April 2021, nationwide protests sparked by a proposed tax reform have been brutally repressed by Colombian law enforcement. Mobilisation has continued after nearly three weeks, with protests growing to encompass multiple grievances and demands for social justice. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Protests against tax reform lead thousands to the streets in Colombia, face brutal police repression

Dictatorship-era National Security Law used to intimidate critics in Brazil

On 29th April 2021, Brazil became the second country to surpass 400,000 coronavirus deaths, according to data by Johns Hopkins University. In April 2021 alone, the country lost nearly 85,000 lives – the deadliest month yet of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more  |  Read in Portuguese

Dictatorship-era National Security Law used to intimidate critics in Brazil

Lenca leader killed and several defenders facing criminalisation in Honduras

On 16th March 2021, during its 46th session, the Human Rights Council adopted the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) outcome for Honduras. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Lenca leader killed and several defenders facing criminalisation in Honduras

Journalists and human rights defenders in Guatemala face attacks and smear campaigns

Nos Duelen 56 reported the murder of María Elizabeth Ramírez, a mother who had sought justice for her daughter and other 40 girls who died in a fire at government-run home Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción, in circumstances that involved alleged inhuman treatment. Read more

Journalists and human rights defenders in Guatemala face attacks and smear campaigns

Three defenders killed as attacks on Indigenous communities increase in the Peruvian Amazon

Within a month, three Indigenous leaders were killed in the Peruvian Amazon. On 14th February 2021, Katacaibo Indigenous defender Yenes Ríos Bonsano of the Puerto Nuevo community was found dead with gunshot wounds. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Three defenders killed as attacks on Indigenous communities increase in the Peruvian Amazon

An environmental defender and a communicator killed in Ecuador in early 2021

The first round of Ecuador’s presidential election was held on 7th February 2021. Andrés Arauz, economist and candidate of the Union for Hope Alliance (UNES), emerged as the front runner. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

An environmental defender and a communicator killed in Ecuador in early 2021