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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

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

Arrests, deadly attacks on protest movement escalate despite condemnation, sanctions on Myanmar

Two months since the Myanmar military seized power in a coup it has launched a brutal crackdown against a protest movement across the country. There have been reports of attacks on compounds of striking public-sector workers and targeting the general population in cities unleashing night-time terror by beating, arresting and even murdering people apparently at random, while destroying or looting private property.
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Arrests, deadly attacks on protest movement escalate despite condemnation, sanctions on Myanmar

Malaysian government continues to silence dissent with emergency and repressive laws

In recent months, the police have investigated the former Attorney General related to his book, the courts have convicted a leading new website Malaysiakini of contempt and opened up investigations into its editor-in-chief Steven Gan and MP Charles Santiago for criticising the verdict. The authorities are also investigating an activist for his caricatures and have issued a new restrictive ordinance criminalising ‘fake-news’. A human rights lawyer working on a case against logging is facing lawsuits, while the police are investigating 11 individuals for a peaceful protest. A transgender women is facing arrest and threats for insulting Islam Read more

Malaysian government continues to silence dissent with emergency and repressive laws

Presidential elections amid internet blackout; civil society activist and publisher arrested

The Republic of Congo held presidential elections on 21st March 2021 amid an internet shutdown. Prior to the elections, on 15th March 2021, the Episcopal Commission 'Justice and Peace' received communication informing them that they did not have the authorisation to observe the elections. The reason given for the refusal was that the structure did not possess an operating receipt with 'electoral observation' as a declared objective. Read more  |  Read in French

Presidential elections amid internet blackout; civil society activist and publisher arrested

Ahead of new Sri Lanka resolution, civil society and UN highlight ongoing rights concerns

The Human Rights Council (HRC), which is currently holding its 46th session, is negotiating a new resolution on Sri Lanka on the implementation of the HRC’s recommendations related to reconciliation, accountability and human rights. Human rights groups have warned of a deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka. In recent months, there have been restrictions on the right to peaceful assembly against civil society members, journalists in the North and East while human rights lawyer, Hejaaz Hizbullah remains in detention. Further a journalist is at risk of arrest for her Facebook posts, a former police investigator targeted for exposing human rights abuses is still in detention while a parliamentarian has been sentenced to a four year prison term for contempt of court. Read more

Ahead of new Sri Lanka resolution, civil society and UN highlight ongoing rights concerns

Protests and clashes after arrest opposition leader: several killed, arrested, TV stations suspended

Tension has been on the rise in Senegal since the leader of political opposition party PASTEF (Patriotes du Sénégal pour le travail, l’éthique et la fraternité) and member of parliament Ousmane Sonko was accused of sexual assault and death threats. Sonko denies the accusations and accuses authorities of a 'political complot'. Protests and clashes erupted and security forces, killing eight people, journalists have been subjected to threats and political supporters and activists have been arrested.

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Protests and clashes after arrest opposition leader: several killed, arrested, TV stations suspended

Persecution of activists, opposition continue as Cambodia tightens control of online space

Over the last few months, human rights defenders and activists have continued to be targeted, with many facing trumped up charges. The authorities have also continued the judicial harassment of former members of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). Journalists and musicians have been convicted while a new sub-decree for an internet gateway puts digital freedoms and privacy at risk Read more

Persecution of activists, opposition continue as Cambodia tightens control of online space

Increasing civic space restrictions months ahead of presidential poll

On 4th February 2021, authorities issued a ban on protests across the country, citing fears of public disorder. The ban followed a call by a coalition of opposition parties, human rights organisations and civil society organisations to mobilise on 6th February 2021 to protest against president Idriss Déby running for a sixth term in the upcoming April 2021 elections. On 6th February 2021, more than 100 people were arrested throughout the country. Read more  |  Read in French

Increasing civic space restrictions months ahead of presidential poll

Freedom of expression further at risk in Tonga with new cyberlaw following media regulations

In December 2020, RNZ reported that a new law had been passed in Tonga, an anti-cyber bullying bill, known officially as the Electronic Communication Abuse Offences Act. However, there are concerns that this new law could be misused to restrict and criminalise freedom of expression online.
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Freedom of expression further at risk in Tonga with new cyberlaw following media regulations

Indian authorities target activists, journalists as they suppress support for the farmers’ protests

Since early January 2021, the authorities have continued to suppress and demonise the farmers protest movement using excessive force with over a hundred detained and charged as well as blocking roads and protests spaces. Activists supporting them have been criminalised using draconian laws as well as journalists reporting and commenting on the protests. The government has also attempted to silence criticism online. Read more

Indian authorities target activists, journalists as they suppress support for the  farmers’ protests