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‘Closed’ civic space shows Laos not taking annual human rights dialogues seriously

Despite the dialogues, human rights groups stated there was ‘no improvement in the human rights situation in Laos’ and raised a number of concerns related to civic space including the detention of political prisoners and issues of enforced disappearances that reman unaddressed. Further, civil society groups and media have continued to highlight the regime’s iron grip on the media, persecution of religious minorities and restrictions on protests related to land. Read more

‘Closed’ civic space shows Laos not taking annual human rights dialogues seriously

The Taliban continues to target activists, journalists and stifle protests by women with impunity

In recent months, there have been reports of the growing pattern of arbitrary arrests, unlawful detentions and enforced disappearances by the Taliban. Detained women’s rights activists have been forced to make video confessions saying they had been incited to protest by foreign activists. There have been ongoing restrictions, detention and attacks on journalists by the Taliban, the banning of international broadcasts and forcing of female news presenters to cover up. Despite harassment and threats, women’s rights activists have continued to protest for their rights to education and employment. Read more

The Taliban continues to target activists, journalists and stifle protests by women with impunity

El Salvador: human rights defenders arbitrarily detained during state of emergency

On 24th April 2022, El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly extended the state of emergency for another 30 days, following a request from President Nayib Bukele.

Since a state of emergency was established to address gang-related violence, about 16,000 people were detained for alleged connections with criminal groups. Amid the crackdown, there have been reports of arbitrary detentions and police officers being made to fulfil arrest quotas, encouraging further due process violations. Human rights groups and journalists speaking out about abuses have faced stigmatisation and public vilification.
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El Salvador: human rights defenders arbitrarily detained during state of emergency

Venezuela: censorship of independent media online and detention of elderly woman for satirical video

On 20th March 2022, military agents killed four Yanomami people in the Parima B sector of Alto Orinoco, Amazonas state. Three other Indigenous people, including a teenager and two military staff, were wounded amid a “confrontation.” Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Venezuela: censorship of independent media online and detention of elderly woman for satirical video

Activists and journalists in China face persecution during and after Winter Olympics

In recent months, activists have been detained and indicted for speaking up, while human rights groups report that thousands have been detained in a secret residential surveillance system - a legalised form of enforced disappearance. The censorship apparatus intensified before and during the Olympics, while journalists are facing trial on trumped up charges of subversion and spying. Read more

Activists and journalists in China face persecution during and after Winter Olympics

On the Watchlist: Widespread violations reported during ‘’Bloody January’’

At the beginning of January 2022, thousands of people across Kazakhstan took to the streets in peaceful protests to call for social and political change. The protests turned bloody as the authorities used force to put an end to them, and some parts of the crowd resorted to violence . The circumstances under which the protests evolved into unrest, riots and clashes between protesters and security forces, as well as the role of different actors in these developments, have yet to be fully clarified. However, there are serious concerns about the manner in which the authorities responded to the crisis, in particular their failure to make a distinction between non-peaceful and peaceful protest participants, both of whom were indiscriminately branded ‘’terrorists’’; arbitrary mass detentions of protesters; reports of the excessive use of force, including the use of lethal force against peaceful protesters and passers-by; widespread allegations of torture and ill-treatment, due process violations and disappearances of detained protesters; as well as the prosecution of people for merely peacefully exercising their freedoms of peaceful assembly, association and expression. These events, which constitute the most serious crisis experienced by Kazakhstan during its 30 years of independence, seriously affected civic space in the country. Due to a rapid decline in civic freedoms, Kazakhstan is currently featured on the CIVICUS Monitor Watchlist. Read more

On the Watchlist: Widespread violations reported during ‘’Bloody January’’

Afghan women activists abducted by the Taliban while journalists arrested and beaten

Over the last two months, women human rights defenders have been abducted by the Taliban and their whereabouts remain unknown, while a prominent academic was briefly detained for his criticism of the Taliban. Journalists have been arrested by the Taliban and ill-treated, while some have been attacked by unknown persons with impunity. Further, protests by women activists have been disrupted with excessive force by the Taliban. Read more

Afghan women activists abducted by the Taliban while journalists arrested and beaten

Malaysia starts its UN Human Rights Council term by harassing activists, protesters and critics

On 14th October 2021, Malaysia was elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the 2022 – 2024 term. In recent months, the government has targeted journalists and a graphic artist and has attempted to remove critical tweets. It is also harassing a whistle-blower for corruption allegations against the anti-graft chief Azam Baki as well as activists, opposition parliamentarians and protesters seeking an investigation into the case. Police also raided an NGO working on police abuse and have failed five years on to bring the perpetrators of the enforced disappearances of four individuals to justice. Read more

Malaysia starts its UN Human Rights Council term by harassing activists, protesters and critics

Arbitrary detentions continue as Nicaragua announces decision to withdraw from OAS

After the Organisation of American States (OAS) adopted a resolution condemning Nicaragua’s elections on 12th November 2021, the country announced it would withdraw from the organisation. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Arbitrary detentions continue as Nicaragua announces decision to withdraw from OAS