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Brazil: environmental and land defenders killed, journalists attacked and pandemic data blackout

In early January 2022, three environmental defenders of the same family were found dead in São Felix do Xingu, south of the state of Pará. José Gomes, known as Zé do Lago, Márcia Nunes Lisboa and their teenage daughter Joene Nunes Lisboa were executed with multiple gunshots and their bodies were found near their home. Read more

Brazil: environmental and land defenders killed, journalists attacked and pandemic data blackout

Costa Rica: suspect in killing of Indigenous leader Jehry Rivera Rivera faces trial

On 19th October 2021, the criminal court of Buenos Aires ordered the opening of a trial against a suspect in the murder of Brorán Indigenous leader Jehry Rivera Rivera on 24th February 2020. The Prosecutor’s Office charged the suspect with the crimes of homicide, aggravated threats and illegal carrying of a firearm. Read more

Costa Rica: suspect in killing of Indigenous leader Jehry Rivera Rivera faces trial

USA: Frustration over power outages drives thousands to protest in Puerto Rico

On 15th October 2021, about 4,000 people marched in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to protest the island’s recurrent power blackouts. Many criticised power company Luma for failing to provide adequate electricity to residents and demanded its ouster. Read more

USA: Frustration over power outages drives thousands to protest in Puerto Rico

New tax rules impact civil society in Mexico

On 27th October 2021, Indigenous forest defender Irma Galindo Barrios went missing, reportedly after attending a protest in Mexico City. According to IM-Defensoras, she was meant to attend a conference of the Mechanism to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in the capital, but never arrived. Read more

New tax rules impact civil society in Mexico

Declining civic freedoms as teachers’ union continuously targeted; internet freedom restricted

As previously reported, the Jordanian Teachers Syndicate (JTS), the country’s largest union, faced repressions after it was dissolved, with the closure of its headquarters for two years. The union has responded by staging protests, including hunger strikes. In November 2021, the governor of the capital Amman prevented the JTS from holding a press conference that was meant to discuss several issues. Additionally, activists from the union have faced ongoing intimidation, harassment and arbitrarily detentions. Freedom of expression is also under threat, with internet freedoms severely restricted in the country. Authorities have limited access to information through blocking the internet, including social media, when there are politically sensitive developments and issuing gagging orders. Read more

Declining civic freedoms as teachers’ union continuously targeted; internet freedom restricted

International Criminal Court opens investigation on crimes against humanity in Venezuela

On 4th November 2021, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced the opening of a formal investigation into allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings committed by Venezuelan security forces under President Nicolás Maduro. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

International Criminal Court opens investigation on crimes against humanity in Venezuela

Journalists honoured in Timor-Leste while activists slam award to former militia leader

In recent months, the country’s Press Council honoured journalists through a freedom plaque, while civil society condemned the awarding by Indonesian President Jokowi of a former militia leader. Read more

Journalists honoured in Timor-Leste while activists slam award to former militia leader

Ecuador: state of emergency amid rising crime

On 18th October 2021, President Guillermo Lasso decreed a state of emergency for 60 days to confront rising crime and violence in Ecuador, saying the military and police would take to the streets to provide security. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Ecuador: state of emergency amid rising crime

Workers embark on national strike, parliament recommends withdrawal of restrictive law

Over a period of three weeks, starting on 10th May 2021, more than 50 000 factory workers in Lesotho embarked on national strike action following the government’s failure to review wage increases in the past two years; parliament recommends withdrawal of the Computer Crime and Cybercrime Bill of 2021, and the Communications (Subscriber Identity Module and Mobile Device Registration) Regulations of 2021. Read more

Workers embark on national strike, parliament recommends withdrawal of restrictive law

Journalists released, media outlet resumes online publication after suspension

Addis Standard resumes its online publication following an agreement reached with the Ethiopian Media Authority (EMA) ; 14 journalists released after weeks in detention Read more

Journalists released, media outlet resumes online publication after suspension