torture/ill-treatment

Bangladesh authorities intensify persecution of rights group Odhikar, journalists, and critics

In recent months, civic space violations have continued to take place, including the judicial harassment of human rights group Odhikar and their staff as well as ongoing attacks by ruling party youth activists, carried out with impunity. There have been cases of arrests and attacks against journalists, the use of blasphemy charges against teachers, and the seven-year conviction of a student for a social media post critical of the government. Regulations to increase control over the digital space has also been proposed in the government. Read more

Bangladesh authorities intensify persecution of rights group Odhikar, journalists, and critics

CSOs report new wave of oppression against human rights defenders and civil society

CHRI reported that there had been an intensification in the Iranian authorities’ crackdown on dissent in the month since the intelligence chief of the Iranian military’s Islamic Revolutionary Corps (IRC) was replaced; Iranian authorities sentenced five prominent human rights defenders to prison for attempting to file a legal complaint against government agencies and officials for mismanagement of the Covid-19 crisis; CSOs draw attention to trend by authorities to repeatedly sentence and imprison women human rights defenders in a revolving prison door that will never let them be free; civil society organisations released a joint statement condemning and calling for the release of LGBTIQ+ activist Zahra Sedighi-Hamadani, known as Sareh, who has been in detention since October 2021 Read more

CSOs report new wave of oppression against human rights defenders and civil society

Cuba: Repercussions of July 2021 mass protests still felt

One year after anti-government protests broke out across Cuba on 11th July 2021, the repercussions of these demonstrations are still being felt. Judicial proceedings against protesters are still ongoing, and civil society organisations report that the supression of civic space has intensified since then. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Cuba: Repercussions of July 2021 mass protests still felt

North Korea cracks down on anti-socialist behaviour, detains critics of its COVID-19 policies

In recent months the crackdown on anti-socialist behaviour has continued while the number of prisoners at North Korea’s notorious political prison camps has increased due to the detention of people who criticise the country’s COVID-19 quarantine policies. An NGO has released a list of nearly 600 people associated with human rights abuses in North Korea’s penal system to flag them for eventual prosecution, while a new report has found there is reasonable basis to conclude that Kim Jong-un and other North Korean officials should be investigated for crimes against humanity committed in the country’s detention centres. Read more

North Korea cracks down on anti-socialist behaviour, detains critics of its COVID-19 policies

Civil society outlawed in practice by Nicaragua’s authorities

Nicaragua’s authorities continue to use money laundering legislation, the Foreign Agents law and other restrictive laws to crack down on civil society, in an effort to dismantle civic participation spaces that are not controlled by the government. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Civil society outlawed in practice by Nicaragua’s authorities

Imprisoned HRD Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja awarded Martin Ennals Award

CSOs call for urgent action to save Bahraini prisoners following an uptick in cases of tuberculosis documented in Jau Prison; prominent Imprisoned HRD Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja awarded Martin Ennals Award; Human Rights Watch (HRW) sent a letter to the EU on its new partnership with the Gulf Countries Read more

Imprisoned HRD Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja awarded Martin Ennals Award

Ongoing concerns about lack of impartial investigations into "Bloody January’’ events

During the reporting period, the fallout from the ‘’Bloody January’’ 2022 events continued to evolve. While the authorities have pledged to ensure that reported abuses are investigated, an ongoing concern was the lack of effective, impartial and thorough investigations into allegations of the use of excessive force to end the January protests and unrest, arbitrary detentions of protesters, as well as due process violations, torture and ill-treatment of people detained during these events. Hundreds of people remained under investigation on criminal charges relating to the January events. Among these are activists who are facing charges believed to be retaliation for their legitimate civic, human rights and pro-democracy engagement. The trials against some activists began in May 2022. Two Shymkent-based activists were convicted on charges of rioting, although they both insisted that they only peacefully protested to voice misgivings about socio-economic problems and call for political change. Some activists have been charged with the broadly worded offence of ‘’knowingly spreading false information”, which has been repeatedly used to stifle free speech. In the aftermath of the January events, President Tokayev has vowed to promote political modernisation and create ‘’a new Kazakhstan’’. As part of this initiative a constitutional referendum was organised on 5th June 2022. However, at the same time, fundamental freedoms continue to be seriously violated in the country.
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Ongoing concerns about lack of impartial investigations into "Bloody January’’  events

The Taliban continues to target activists, journalists and stifle protests by women with impunity

In recent months, there have been reports of the growing pattern of arbitrary arrests, unlawful detentions and enforced disappearances by the Taliban. Detained women’s rights activists have been forced to make video confessions saying they had been incited to protest by foreign activists. There have been ongoing restrictions, detention and attacks on journalists by the Taliban, the banning of international broadcasts and forcing of female news presenters to cover up. Despite harassment and threats, women’s rights activists have continued to protest for their rights to education and employment. Read more

The Taliban continues to target activists, journalists and stifle protests by women with impunity

Activists and journalists continue to be targeted as new president is elected in the Philippines

In recent months, journalists have faced online attacks and intimidation while covering the elections, while protesters have been violently dispersed. Activists continue to be arbitrarily arrested on trumped up charges and remain in detention, while there has been slow progress in ensuring accountability for the ‘Bloody Sunday’ killing of nine activists. Read more

Activists and journalists continue to be targeted as new president is elected in the Philippines

Six members and supporters of Wakit Tama arrested, charged following protest

Between 14th and 17th May 2022, six Wakit Tama members and supporters, including protest organisers, were arrested: secretary-general of the Trade Unions of Chad, Gounoung Vaima Ganfare; lawyer at the Chadian Bar Association Koudé Mbaïnaïssem; President of the Group of Civil Society Executives Hissène Massar Hissène, former ambassador Allamine Adoudou, secretary-general of the Union of Chadian Supplier Traders Youssouf Korom and spokesperson for Wakit Tama Max Loalngar, the former head of human rights organisation Chadian Human Rights League (Ligue Tchadienne de droits de l’homme). The six were charged with gathering to cause public disturbance, harm to property, and physical assault. The trial of the six is set to start on 6th June 2022. Read more

Six members and supporters of Wakit Tama arrested, charged following  protest