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Trade unionist and pro-democracy activist Jean-Rémy Yama remains incarcerated 11 months after his arbitrary arrest

On 27th February 2022, officers of the Directorate General of Counter-Intelligence and Military Security, also known as “B2”, arrested trade union leader Jean-Rémy Yama at the international airport of Libreville, where he was about to take a flight to Dakar to receive medical treatment. The B2 officers subsequently took him to an unknown location. On 2nd March 2022, Yama was formally accused of “breach of confidence” under the Penal Code and placed in pre-trial detention at the Central Prison of Libreville. Read more

Trade unionist and pro-democracy activist Jean-Rémy Yama remains incarcerated 11 months after his arbitrary arrest

Bolivia: opposition leader’s arrest sparks protests

On 28th December 2022, the governor of the Santa Cruz department, Luis Fernando Camacho, was arrested on charges of ‘terrorism’. The indictment was made in the framework of an ongoing criminal case related to the ouster of former president Evo Morales in 2019. Read more

Bolivia: opposition leader’s arrest sparks protests

45 protesters receive suspended prison sentences for peaceful sit-in

On 5th October 2022, a judge in Abidjan placed journalist and managing editor of the daily Le Panafricain, Barthélémy Téhin, under judicial supervision following a defamation complaint by the customs administration over the newspaper’s reports on alleged corruption involving a customs officer. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), who spoke with Téhin, the judicial supervision is for an unspecified time pending further investigations by the judge. Téhin is to appear every 15 days before the judge and needs permission from the judge to leave Abidjan. Read more

45 protesters receive suspended prison sentences for peaceful sit-in

Authorities in Pakistan continue harassment of journalists, persecution of activists and stifling of protests

Civil society has documented the criminalisation of journalists for their reporting and the ongoing persecution of human rights defenders. Further, the authorities have continued to arrest and use excessive force against opposition protests as well as around the Gwadar port protests. Read more

Authorities in Pakistan continue harassment of journalists, persecution of activists and stifling of protests

Protesters criminalised in Timor-Leste while journalists continue to face harassment

In recent months protesters from the National Maubere Alliance were arrested and criminalised. Further, journalists have been hauled in for questioning, while the Dili Dialogue Forum organisers were slammed for inviting a Myanmar junta representative. Read more

Protesters criminalised in Timor-Leste while journalists continue to face harassment

Colombia: four journalists killed in the second half of 2022

In December 2022, Colombia’s human rights ombudsperson said killings of human rights defenders (HRDs) and social leaders had reached a record high, with 199 killings recorded in the first 11 months of the year. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Colombia: four journalists killed in the second half of 2022

Argentina: economic crisis leads to recurrent protests

Throughout 2022, Argentina continued to face a severe economic crisis marked by rising inflation, declining wages and a reduction in purchasing power. This situation led to recurrent protests by various social movements and organisations. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Argentina: economic crisis leads to recurrent protests

Mexico: women defenders and the families of disappeared persons targeted

On 6th November 2022, woman human rights defender María Carmela Vázquez Ramírez was shot and killed in Abasolo, Guanajuato. Carmela Vázquez was a member of the Colectivo Personas Desaparecidas in Pénjamo (Collective of Missing Persons in Pénjamo) and was looking for her son Óscar Zuñiga Vázquez, who had disappeared on 14th June 2022. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Mexico: women defenders and the families of disappeared persons targeted

Slow progress in ensuring accountability for unlawful killing of protesters in PNG while journalists face restrictions and threats

There has been slow progress in ensuring accountability for the unlawful shooting of protesters around the general elections. There are concerns around a notice that would limit journalists’ engagement with the Prime Minister’s office as well as entry requirements for foreign journalists. A journalist was harassed and threatened. Read more

Slow progress in ensuring accountability for unlawful killing of protesters in PNG while journalists face restrictions and threats

Uruguay: authorities stigmatise journalists and activists

On 14th September 2022, National Party Senator Graciela Bianchi interrupted a student leader, belittled her and attempted to stop her from speaking up at a Senate Commission meeting. The incident took place at a session of the Education and Culture Commission attended by several representatives of educational bodies, including Génesis Gallardo, an elected student representative at the Education Training Council (CFE). Read more

Uruguay: authorities stigmatise journalists and activists