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Violent protest against LGBTIQ+ ends in anti-government protests

Protesters denounce new law pardoning violent dispersal of 2019 protests; Violent protest against LGBTIQ+ ends in anti-government protests ; Azerbaijani blogger killed in Georgia under unclear circumstances; State Security Service condemned for surveillance activities

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Violent protest against LGBTIQ+ ends in anti-government protests

Mexico: wave of killings of journalists, environmental and Indigenous rights defenders

On 12th June 2021, Yaqui Indigenous leader and environmental defender Luis Urbano Domínguez was shot and killed as he exited a bank in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Mexico: wave of killings of journalists, environmental and Indigenous rights defenders

Extinction Rebellion protest over fossil fuels investments; investigative journalist killed

On 5th July 2021, environmental group Extinction Rebellion occupied the offices of the government pension provider ABP. The group were protesting against the pension provider's investments in fossil fuels, which currently accounts for 60 per cent of its total investments. Earlier, on 17th June 2021, a group of pension participants affiliated with XR occupied the ABP head office in Heerlen. However, eight protesters were arrested. Dutch farmers also organised a demonstration in The Hague to protest the government’s measures aimed at reducing nitrogen emissions caused by agriculture. In a concerning development, on 15th July 2021, investigative journalist Peter de Vries, 64, died in hospital after he was shot at least five times on 6th July 2021. De Vries worked as an adviser and confidant to the key witness in the prosecution’s case against Ridouan Taghi, the most wanted criminal in the Netherlands. He had recently refused police protection after accepting it in the past due to the death threats he had received. Read more

Extinction Rebellion protest over fossil fuels investments; investigative journalist killed

Attacks on activists, journalists persist as Taliban offensive escalates in Afghanistan

In recent months, attacks on journalists have persisted while the Taliban disrupts media outlets in northern provinces. There have also been attempts by Afghan officials to suppress critical reporting of the conflict. Human rights defenders and activists remain at risk, while the authorities have been hampering the work of NGOs. Read more

Attacks on activists, journalists persist as Taliban offensive escalates in Afghanistan

Haiti: President Moïse assassinated, launching country into further uncertainty

Overnight on 7th July 2021, a group of armed assassins gunned down President Jovenel Moïse after breaking into his residence in Port-au-Prince. Read more  |  Read in French

Haiti: President Moïse assassinated, launching country into further uncertainty

Increasing insecurity in Burkina Faso: mass protests, two journalists, one conservationist killed

On 3rd and 4th July 2021, protests in several localities in Burkina Faso took place against increasing insecurity due to attacks by armed jihadist groups and to demand government action. Opposition and some civil society groups had called for the protests. People gathered in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, Bobo-Dioulasso, Ouahigouya, Kaya, Fada N’Gourma and other localities, carrying placards with “No to endless attacks” and “No to the abandonment of populations” Read more  |  Read in French

Increasing insecurity in Burkina Faso: mass protests, two journalists, one conservationist killed

Twitter banned, proposed Press Council Act amendments further restrict freedom of expression

On 4th June 2021, Minister of Information and Culture in Nigeria, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced an indefinite suspension of all operations of social media platform Twitter in the country on grounds of the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”. The suspension followed the platform’s deletion of a tweet by - and a 12-hour suspension of the Twitter account of - Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari days earlier Read more

Twitter banned, proposed Press Council Act amendments further restrict freedom of expression

Investigative journalist killed outside his home; concerns over Joint Custody bill

Several protests were staged in the reporting period, including over labour rights , womens rights and the rights of Palestinians. In a concerning development, television reporter Giorgos Karaivaz, who has done investigative reporting on the police and corruption in Greece, was shot in front of his house in Athens. According to authorities, the murder may be linked to organised crime circles, about which Karaivaz had sensitive information. Press Freedom in Greece is in further decline, with the latest RSF World Press Freedom Index ranking Greece at 70, a decline of five places from last year.
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Investigative journalist killed outside his home; concerns over Joint Custody bill

Human Rights Organisations Mourn the Loss of Human Rights Champions

The UAE has recently lost a human rights champion. On 19th June 2021, Emirati human rights defender Alaa Al-Siddiq, Executive Director of the human rights organisation ALQST and a Senior Researcher at Wejha Centre for Studies, died in a tragic car accident in the United Kingdom. Neither ALQST nor the police suspect any foul play. On 20th June 2021, ALQSTreleased a statement to mourn and pay tribute to “a friend, a colleague, and a sister to all of those around her” who “always did what she could to help others”. Read more

Human Rights Organisations Mourn the Loss of Human Rights Champions

Crackdown on journalists continues, new restrictive regulations

Between April and June 2021, the situation of civil society in Belarus worsened. Authorities continued to pressure civil society organizations, suppressing freedom of association, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression. The number of political prisoners has increased, with many of them receiving prison sentences. As of June 11, 476 persons in Belarus are considered political prisoners, reports Viasna Center. In addition, the authorities blocked several independent publications, and employees were charged with non-payment of taxes, organizing and engaging in unsanctioned activities or conspiracy against government authorities. Activists, representatives of opposition parties and human rights defenders were also detained. Among the organizations whose collaborators have been temporarily detained is the Viasna Center, which actively monitors respect for human freedoms in Belarus. Martha Rabkova, a human rights activist and coordinator of the Viasna Volunteer Service, was put on a preventive record in the pre-trial detention center as "prone to extremism". Read more

Crackdown on journalists continues, new restrictive regulations