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Venezuela stifles dissent with political interference in opposition parties and detentions

At the 44th session of the Human Rights Council, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, presented a new report on the situation in Venezuela between June 2019 and May 2020. Read more

Venezuela stifles dissent with political interference in opposition parties and detentions

Enforced disappearance during Guadalajara protest and two journalists at severe risk

In the beginning of June 2020, hundreds of people joined protests against police brutality and demanded justice for Giovanni López, a man who was detained and died the next day from a head injury. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Enforced disappearance during Guadalajara protest and two journalists at severe risk

Journalists, opposition activists and unionists targeted during pandemic in Cambodia

Over the last few months, journalists and opposition activists have been arrested, charged and held in pre-trial detention. Four environmental activists were arrested while a Thai activist was abducted in Cambodia. The authorities blocked commemoration events around the killing of human rights defender Kem Ley. Unionists have been targeted during the pandemic while workers have been protesting around unpaid wages and job layoffs. Read more

Journalists, opposition activists and unionists targeted during pandemic in Cambodia

Enforced disappearances and arbitrary detentions increase in Venezuela during pandemic

On 8th May 2020, civil society organisation Foro Penal reported that arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances increased in Venezuela since the beginning of COVID-19 containment measures in March 2020. Read more

Enforced disappearances and arbitrary detentions increase in Venezuela during pandemic

Journalists in Bangladesh face criminalisation amid the pandemic while critics are silenced

The Bangladesh government has taken advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to ramp up its assault on civic freedoms. Journalists have been systematically targeted since March 2020 under the draconian Digital Security Act for their reporting on the pandemic and on other critical issues. There have also been reports of journalists allegedly being tortured or forcibly disappeared. Further, other critics who have been targeted include students, opposition activists, academics, cartoonists and writers. There has been failure to hold to account those involved in violations related to the 2018 student protests. Read more

Journalists in Bangladesh face criminalisation amid the pandemic while critics are silenced

Continued attacks on HRDs, journalists and activists through prosecutions

The Egyptian Parliament’s House of Representatives approved amendments to the "Terror Lists” Bill. This is a concern because the bill expands the list of terrorists entities to include TV channels, print media, radio stations and social media. Several organisations have highlighted that government is using the tactic of recycling or the arbitrary revival of cases against human rights defenders, journalists, political opponents and others perceived as critical of the them. In addition journalists continue to face detention and prosecution.
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Continued attacks on HRDs, journalists and activists through prosecutions

UN Special Rapporteur raises concerns about shut down of Maldives human rights group

In recent months, prominent human rights organisation Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) was shut down by the authorities over a report issued in 2016 perceived as contrary to the tenets of Islam. Concerns about this were raised by the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights in her report in February 2020 which was presented on . The government has yet to resolve the cases of murdered blogger Yameen Rasheed and journalist Ahmed Rilwan who was abducted and is believed to have been killed. No progress has been reported on proposed amendments to repeal restrictive provisions of the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act, currently before the parliament. Read more

UN Special Rapporteur raises concerns about shut down of Maldives human rights group

Protesters, activists, journalists & aid workers attacked, kidnapped, killed, as protests escalate

Popular protests that began in October 2019 continued on a daily basis into February 2020 in central and southern cities of Iraq with the broad participation of various sectors of the population, including students and women, despite the risks from security forces and armed groups which continue to target activists, journalists, and peaceful demonstrators.
Flagrant violations of the rights of Iraqi demonstrators have led to the death toll of the popular protests increasing to around 700 demonstrators, while the number of injured exceeds 20,000, including those who suffocated from teargas, according to unofficial statistics recorded by Iraqi civil society organisations. In addition, there are nearly 150 detainees, most of whom were arrested in the cities of Baghdad, Nasiriyah and Basra.
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Protesters, activists, journalists & aid workers attacked, kidnapped, killed, as protests escalate

Laos activist Od Sayavong still missing six months on, while critics continue to be silenced

Lao authorities are believed to have been involved in the enforced disappearance of activist Od Sayavong and Phetphouthon Philachane in 2019. Government critic Houayheuang Xayabouly has been convicted for criticising the authority’s slow response to floods. Villagers in Luang Namtha are resisting a land development project while there has been no progress around the case of disappeared human rights defender Sombath Somphone seven years on. Read more

Laos activist Od Sayavong still missing six months on, while critics continue to be silenced

Activists disappeared or arrested in Pakistan while media faces restrictions and threats

Over the last few months, Pakistani human rights defender Idris Khattak was forcibly disappeared, activist Muhammad Ismail was arbitrarily detained on trumped up charges, while his daughter and women rights activist Gulalai Ismail fled the country. The authorities also denied entry to a representative from the Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ), warned news anchors not to express their opinions, while journalists from the Dawn newspaper faced threats for their reporting. Student protesters including Alamgir Wazir were arrested and charged for their activism. Read more

Activists disappeared or arrested in Pakistan while media faces restrictions and threats