torture/ill-treatment

Serious abuses in North Korean camps documented by NGOs while radio broadcasts jammed

In recent months abuses continue to be documented including the jamming of radio broadcasts by a South Korean non-profit human rights organisation and a new detention camp for violators of COVID-19 quarantine rules. Human rights groups also reported satellite evidence of North Korean death camps located just 30 miles south of the capital Pyongyang and systematic torture, dangerous and unhygienic conditions and unpaid forced labour in pretrial detention Read more

Serious abuses in North Korean camps documented by NGOs while radio broadcasts jammed

Laws on Foreign Agents and Cybercrimes restrict civic space further in Nicaragua

On 15th October 2020, Nicaragua’s lawmakers approved the “Foreign Agents Law” which expands government powers to control and muzzle civil society. Read more

Laws on Foreign Agents and Cybercrimes restrict civic space further in Nicaragua

Thousands attend demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of the popular movement

October 2020 marked the one-year anniversary of the start of the popular movement in Iraq, with demonstrations attended by thousands of people across various cities in the central and southern provinces of Iraq; As the protests continue, activists continue to pay with their lives; In November 2020, the Presidency of the Nineveh Federal Court of Appeal in Mosul issued arrest warrants against four civil society activists: Rayan Jasim Mohammed, Sahar Mohammaed Mustafa, Mohannad Qasim Ismail and Saqr Maan Abdulqadir Al Zakaria. Read more

Thousands attend demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of the popular movement

UN experts raise concerns about violations in Vietnam as NGOs document unfair trials and torture

Human rights defenders, activists and critics continue to be targeted in Vietnam where civic space is rated ‘closed’ by the CIVICUS Monitor. In recent months, UN experts have raised concerns about the detention of journalists affiliated with the Independent Journalists Association of Viet Nam (IJAVN) and acts of harassment against the Liberal Publishing House (LPH), its members and readers.
The one-party regime has introduced a new decree to tighten control over the press, while The 88 Project has documented torture and inhumane treatment of political prisoners in a new report. Further, human rights groups raised serious unfair trial concerns and allegations of torture in the Dong Tam trial which has led to convictions.
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UN experts raise concerns about violations in Vietnam as NGOs document unfair trials and torture

Upheaval in Peru as president removed

On 9th November 2020, president Martín Vizcarra was removed from office by Peru’s Congress over corruption allegations. Lawmakers voted 105-19 in favour of Vizcarra’s impeachment on the basis of a controversial “moral incapacitation” clause in the country’s legislation, which is set to be evaluated by the Constitutional Court. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Upheaval in Peru as president removed

Activists and journalists subjected to threats, offices independent weekly set on fire

Since the most recent Monitor update on Mozambique, the country held local elections on 10 October 2018 and general elections on 15 October 2019. Civil society actors monitoring the elections and journalists reporting on them were subjected to threats and arbitrary arrests. Read more

Activists and journalists subjected to threats, offices independent weekly set on fire

United Nations report on Venezuela documents evidence of crimes against humanity

A report by the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, published on 16th September 2020, found evidence of crimes against humanity in the country. Read more

United Nations report on Venezuela documents evidence of crimes against humanity

Despite re-election to Human Rights Council, civic space concerns persist in Nepal

In recent months, there have been further attempts by the authorities to impose new restrictions on the internet and the media. Civil society has raised concerns at the judicial harassment of a journalist and the death of another senior journalist. There have been protests by Dalits against the discrimination and violence they face and against Chinese encroachment. There were allegations of ill-treatment of a health activist, while the Chepang Indigenous peoples are facing eviction. Read more

Despite re-election to Human Rights Council, civic space concerns persist in Nepal

Arrests of activists dangerously escalate while draft public order law draws flak in Cambodia

Prime Minister Hun Sen is ratcheting up attempts to silence dissent in the country. Over the last few months, we have seen an escalation in arrests of human rights defenders, activists and musicians on trumped up charges. Former members of the banned opposition party Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) continue to be targeted and have been prosecuted and convicted. Their families who have been protesting outside their detention centres have faced repression. Despite the pandemic, the government is introducing new laws and regulations that could be used to restrict civic freedoms, including a public order law and a national internet gateway. Read more

Arrests of activists dangerously escalate while draft public order law draws flak in Cambodia

Arbitrary arrests, excessive force, attacks on media in mass protests in Indonesia against jobs law

As workers and students rallied across Indonesia against a controversial job creation law, civil society groups have documented arbitrary arrests, excessive use force against protesters and journalists and inhuman and degrading treatment against protesters while detained Read more

Arbitrary arrests, excessive force, attacks on media in mass protests in Indonesia against  jobs law