prevention of protest

2021: a bad year for freedom of expression in Mozambique amid human rights crisis in Cabo Delgado

Several journalists were physically assaulted and intimidated in the past year, with some briefly detained, as documented by press freedom organisations Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), MISA Moçambique (Instituto para a Comunicação Social da África Austral – Moçambique) and Forum of Community Radios (FORCOM - Fórum de Rádios Comunitárias). Read more

2021: a bad year for freedom of expression in Mozambique amid human rights crisis in Cabo Delgado

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

Guatemala: Siege in municipality to prevent anti-mining protests by Indigenous groups

On 12th October 2021, hundreds of people marched in Guatemala City to denounce racism and discrimination against Indigenous peoples, as part of a Day of Indigenous People’s Dignity and Resistance. Several countries in the Americas hold commemorative holidays on the date, marking Christopher Columbus’ arrival on the continent in the 15th century. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Guatemala: Siege in municipality to prevent anti-mining protests by Indigenous groups

Thai activists and protesters face judicial harassment, excessive force despite upcoming UN review

In recent months activists and protest leaders have continued to be summoned, arrested and detained on various charges including royal defamation and sedition. Some have been denied bail. A new emergency regulation issued in August 2021 threatens online freedoms. Criminal defamation charges have been brought by companies against a woman activist and a journalist. Police have used excessive force including water cannon, rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protests. Protesters have been detained and suffered injuries, including children. Concerns continue to be raised about a draft law which includes counter-terrorism financing measures to regulate non-profit groups.
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Thai activists and protesters face judicial harassment, excessive force despite upcoming UN review

New proposals for restrictive #PolicingBill aim to curb protests further

In September 2021, the UK was added to the CIVICUS Monitor Watchlist due to a rapid decline in civic freedoms. Major concerns have been raised on the Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which proposes to give police more power to crack down on protests and will have serious repercussions for minority groups, including Gypsy and Traveller communities and people of colour. Several other legislative developments, such as proposed changes to the Human Rights Act, the New Elections Bill and the Judicial Review and Courts Bill, threaten fundamental rights and democratic checks and balances, which aim to hold the government accountable. During this period, there were concerning proposals by Home Secretary Priti Patel, which aim to further crackdown on the right to protest. Read more

New proposals for restrictive #PolicingBill aim to curb protests  further

Several civil society protests banned; journalist sentenced to prison for criminal defamation

Authorities in Dakar have banned several civil society protests against the high costs of living and the rising costs of basic goods. A protest planned for 10th September 2021 by the movement Noo Lank ('We refuse' in Wolof) was banned by the prefect of Dakar using grounds of risks to 'disturb public order', 'spread of COVID-19' and 'obstruction to free movement'.

On 12th September 2021, several protesters were arrested during a protest against the high cost of living in Guédiawaye, including leader of FRAPP-France Dégage (Front for a Popular and Pan African Anti-Imperialist Revolution) Guy Marius Sagna, who were released later that day. Read more  |  Read in French

Several civil society protests banned; journalist sentenced to prison for criminal defamation

Belize: protesters demand justice for teenager killed by police

On 14th July 2021, 14-year-old Laddie Gillett was shot and killed by a police corporal in the beach town Placencia Village, Stann Creek District. According to news reports, the young boy and a friend were running on the beach trying to beat the curfew when they were pursued by police officers. The incident has sparked outrage, leading to protests for justice and a campaign for police reform. Read more

Belize: protesters demand justice for teenager killed by police

Peaceful march prohibited by Cuban authorities while its supporters face harassment

In September 2021, activist group Archipiélago announced they would organise a peaceful “Marcha Cívica por el Cambio” (“Civic March for Change”) in Havana, initially scheduled for 20th November 2021. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Peaceful march prohibited by Cuban authorities while its supporters face harassment

Civil society raises concerns about press freedom and restrictions on peaceful assembly in Mongolia

The state of civic space remains ‘obstructed’ in Mongolia. In August 2021, a report on press freedom documented violations and concerns around self-censorship. A report by Amnesty International found that the government and law enforcement authorities are severely violating the freedom of peaceful assembly. In October 2021, a protest was held on sexual violence against girls. Read more

Civil society raises concerns about press freedom and restrictions on peaceful assembly in Mongolia

Detentions and excessive force used at climate related protests against gas & the motor industry

Several climate justice related protests were staged during this period. Environmental activism group Ende Gelände organised a series of civil disobedience actions during the summer to raise awareness of the urgency of climate change threats and to call German institutions to act in a meaningful and effective way to protect the environment. In addition, in September 2021 thousands of people gathered in Munich on the occasion of the IAA Motor Show to protest against the greenwashing actions put in place by the automobile sector and to call on public authorities to invest in sustainable mobility solutions. During both these actions protesters were detained. In addition, while covering an Ende Gelände action, journalist Anna Dotti was temporarily held in custody by the police. Photojournalist Michael Trammer was taken into custody during the protest against the International Motor Show (IAA) that took place in Munich. Read more

Detentions and excessive force used at climate related protests against gas &  the motor industry