torture/ill-treatment

Concern over crackdown on opposition and dissenters ahead of 2020 elections

Dozens of opposition supporters arrested, detained, New anti terrorrism law passes, government announces restoration of phone and internet services in parts of Oromia region after shut down in January 2020, protesters injured, one killed during protest by university students at Bule Hora University in Oromia Read more

Concern over crackdown on opposition and dissenters ahead of 2020 elections

Increased police repression on second anniversary of mass mobilisation

18th April 2020 marked two years since nationwide socioeconomic protests and their brutal repression that launched an enduring a human rights and political crisis in Nicaragua. In the context of the crisis, at least 328 people have been killed, around 2,000 injured and over 700 detained. Over these two years, more than 100,000 people in Nicaragua have sought asylum abroad, reportedly fleeing persecution and human rights abuses, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Around this date, there have been several reports of increased repression of political dissidence. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Increased police repression on second anniversary of mass mobilisation

North Korea intensifies surveillance of its citizens to prevent defections amid the pandemic

In recent months the regime has intensified surveillance of its citizens working in China and arrested individuals for texting on COVID-19. It has also continued to crack down on defections and ‘anti-socialist’ activity within the military. Read more

North Korea intensifies surveillance of its citizens to prevent defections amid the pandemic

Protests over economic conditions under COVID-19; journalists face threats for critical reporting

Despite a national lockdown being implemented on 22nd March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, protests erupted in various regions over economic conditions, the quality of quarantine facilities and detention facilities. Journalists and bloggers have also faced threats and criminal prosecutions for critical reports around the governments response to the pandemic. Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) have also faced prosecution or torture. Read more

Protests over economic conditions under COVID-19; journalists face threats for critical reporting

In India the situation of activists and journalists remains precarious under the COVID-19 lockdown

Human rights defenders across India continue to be arrested and detained - some under draconian laws - despite the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, for raising questions or criticising the authorities. Journalists have also been targeted, including in Indian administered Kashmir. The authorities have also used the opportunity to destroy the Shaheen Bagh protest site in Delhi and to criminalise those protesting the discriminatory Citizen Amendment Act (CAA). Read more

In India the situation of activists and journalists remains precarious under the COVID-19 lockdown

Myanmar authorities prosecuting activists and critics despite the COVID-19 pandemic

In recent months the assault on civic freedoms has persisted. A Karen environmental activist has been charged for raising concerns about a cement factory, while students and activists have been charged under the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law for protesting. Further, three activists are facing prison terms for calling for constitutional reforms, two journalists were detained and ill-treated at the Myawady border and street artists have been arrested for a mural on the coronavirus (COVID-19). There has also been a fourth conviction against satirical performance group the Peacock Generation while there continues to be low COVID-19 awareness in Rakhine due to an internet blackout. Read more

Myanmar authorities prosecuting activists and critics despite the COVID-19 pandemic

Crackdown on feminist rallies and harassment of former political prisoners in Nicaragua

Freedom House’s “Freedom in the World” report, an annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide, continued to classify Nicaragua as "Not Free". Published on 4th March 2020, the annual report notes that Nicaragua had one of the largest declines in these rights and freedoms in the past 10 years, behind only Venezuela in the Americas. Read more

Crackdown on feminist rallies and harassment of former political prisoners in Nicaragua

Peru: Awajun leader killed as community resists mining in their territory

On 10th and 11th February 2020, members of Peru’s Awajun and Wampis communities protested outside the main offices of the Amazonas regional government to denounce alleged action by the government to enable mining in their territories. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Peru: Awajun leader killed as community resists mining in their territory

Activists, journalists and protesters facing continued restrictions by parties to the conflict

Newspaper distribution suspended in the wake of COVID-19; Death sentence upheld for prisoner of conscience; HRDs and journalists detained; Journalist temporarily barred from travelling; Protesters facing arbitrary arrests Read more

Activists, journalists and protesters facing continued restrictions by parties to the conflict

CSOs express concern at thousands of imprisoned HRDs at risk of Corona virus infection

Authorities detain and summon members of civil society, journalists and members of the public who criticise the Iranian government’s management of the Corona virus outbreak; United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Javaid Rehman, criticises the alarming detention conditions of human rights defenders and political prisoners; CSO expresses concern about the thousands of human rights defenders at risk of infection in Iranian prisons; UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Javaid Rehman, criticises the authorities’ unprecedented lethal response to the protests which swept the country in November 2019. Read more

CSOs express concern at thousands of imprisoned HRDs at risk of Corona virus infection