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Uncertainty in Chile as draft constitution rejected in plebiscite

On 4th September 2022, Chile held a compulsory plebiscite to decide whether to adopt the draft constitution designed to replace the country’s current Magna Carta, in place since the Pinochet dictatorship. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Uncertainty in Chile as draft constitution rejected in plebiscite

Venezuela: Teachers protest for decent wages; killing and detention of HRDs

On 30th June 2022, Uwottujja leader and human rights defender Virgilio Trujillo Arana was shot and killed in Puerto Ayacucho, Amazonas state. He was a member of Organización Indígena Piaroas Unidos del Sipapo (Oipus), an Indigenous organisation, and coordinated Autana’s Uwottujja Indigenous guard, a group created to defend ancestral territories from illegal mining and other illicit activities. Read more

Venezuela: Teachers protest for decent wages; killing and detention of HRDs

Reports and monitoring missions document extreme repression and violence against activists

In response to mounting pressure from human rights defenders in Iraq, the Ministry of Interior arrested Lieutenant-Colonel Omar Nizar, who was affiliated with the Rapid Response Division, on charges of killing protesters during a 2019 crackdown; Protesters summoned for their participation in protests on 25th October 2019; Body of civil society activist Haider Sabri found in Basra city with a bullet wound to the head; Read more

Reports and monitoring missions document extreme repression and violence against activists

Haiti: journalist released after 20 days in captivity

On 16th July 2022, the UN human rights office warned of worsening violence in and around the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince and an increase in abuse against vulnerable local communities at the hands of heavily armed gangs. Read more  |  Read in French

Haiti: journalist released after 20 days in captivity

CSOs raise concerns over lack of consultations during parliamentary process

Irish civil society is becoming increasingly alarmed by the government’s abuse of the legislative process in the Irish Parliament. Recent controversies have emerged regarding the adding of extensive last-minute amendments to important legislation, with no time for scrutiny, and the guillotining of debates. For example, in late March 2022, the revised Electoral Reform Bill was published by the Irish parliament. The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) was disappointed to note that the recommendations which the organisation fought to have included in the pre-legislative scrutiny report on civil society freedom haven’t been included in the revised Bill. Read more

CSOs raise concerns over lack of consultations during parliamentary process

Paraguay: Violent evictions affect land rights defenders

On 15th June 2022, campesino farmers and police clashed in Edelira, Itapúa department in a violent confrontation that ended with the killing of campesino Édgar Emiliano Centurión Almirón. Read more

Paraguay: Violent evictions affect land rights defenders

Honduras: CSOs say more effort is needed to guarantee safety of human rights defenders and journalists

On 26th May 2022, social communicator and camera operator Ricardo Ávila was shot in the head in the south of Honduras. He was transferred to a hospital in Tegucigalpa but died from his wounds on 29th May. The attack took place as Ávila was travelling on his motorcycle from the town of Marcovia, where he lived, to Choluteca, where he worked at Metro TV. Read more

Honduras: CSOs say more effort is needed to guarantee safety of human rights defenders and journalists

Protests for migrant rights; positive move in press freedom index

On 15th June 2022, around a dozen demonstrators staged a protest outside the Lithuanian government’s office in Vilnius over the country’s policies on migrants and asylum seekers. The demonstrators called on the government to reconsider its current policy and provide opportunities for integration into Lithuania. Separately, a protest against sexual violence in Ukraine was held outside the Russian Embassy in Vilnius. The protest came after reports that Ukrainian women and children were being raped and tortured by Russian troops. Relates to Russia's war on Ukraine, the Lithuanian government submitted legal amendments to the parliament on 23rd March 2022, which aimed to extend the powers to restrict online content that incites hatred and violence or contains war propaganda. Read more

Protests for migrant rights; positive move in press freedom index

PNG government commits to reforms at UN review but press freedom concerns remain

In April 2022, it was reported that human rights defenders had been invited for a three-day consultation on the development of a Human Rights Defenders’ Protection bill. On 9th May 2022, global press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reported that PNG has been ranked in 62nd place in RSF's 2022 World Press Freedom Index. The country slipped by 15 places compared to its 2021 rankings, when it was placed 47th out of 180 nations. Read more

PNG government commits to reforms at UN review but press freedom concerns remain

Political opponents targeted, tortured and killed in continuing trend

Members and supporters of opposition groups continue to face targeted attacks from state actors as well as non-state actors affiliated to the ruling party; Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released its annual World Press Freedom Index, ranking Burundi 107th out of 180 countries, moving up 40 places Read more

Political opponents targeted, tortured and killed in continuing trend