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Protesters, activists, journalists & aid workers attacked, kidnapped, killed, as protests escalate

Popular protests that began in October 2019 continued on a daily basis into February 2020 in central and southern cities of Iraq with the broad participation of various sectors of the population, including students and women, despite the risks from security forces and armed groups which continue to target activists, journalists, and peaceful demonstrators.
Flagrant violations of the rights of Iraqi demonstrators have led to the death toll of the popular protests increasing to around 700 demonstrators, while the number of injured exceeds 20,000, including those who suffocated from teargas, according to unofficial statistics recorded by Iraqi civil society organisations. In addition, there are nearly 150 detainees, most of whom were arrested in the cities of Baghdad, Nasiriyah and Basra.
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Protesters, activists, journalists & aid workers attacked, kidnapped, killed, as protests escalate

Chile: Feminist anthem goes viral and sustained protests lead to referendum on a new constitution

Chileans have continued to mobilise since the protests against higher transportation tariffs in October 2019 grew into nationwide demonstrations, as reported previously by the Monitor. As protests extended into November 2019, calls built up for the creation of a constituent assembly to write a new constitution for Chile. Read more

Chile: Feminist anthem goes viral and sustained protests lead to referendum on a new constitution

NGOs raided by Israeli forces, news websites blocked

Palestinian human rights organisations which monitor Israeli occupation force violations and undertake international advocacy continue to face systematic attacks. Offices of various organisations have been raided. The use of excessive force against Palestinian protesters participating in the Great March of Return continues, despite being unlawful under international human rights and humanitarian laws. News websites face attack, after a court ordered internet service providers to block 59 websites. Read more

NGOs raided by Israeli forces, news websites blocked

Detention as a systemic tool of suppression

Civic space is constantly under threat in Egypt- with laws to restrict NGOs, the detention of human rights defenders and attempts to intimiate the media. Read more

Detention as a systemic tool of suppression

Tightening the screws on dissent: N1 under attack

N1 journalists have faced a wave of aggression from Serbia's President and other senior ruling party officials. In particular, the media smear campaign against TV N1 program director Jugoslav Cosic accused him of receiving illicit funding to work against Serbia's interests. Given the failure of Serbian authorities to condemn the smear campaign, Cosic's lawyer announced he would seek a security risk assessment to ensure his physical safety. Read more

Tightening the screws on dissent: N1 under attack

Jimmy Morales' presidency ends with significant setbacks to freedom of expression in Guatemala

On 18th December 2019, the offices of LGBTI youth association Somos Jóvenes Diversos en Acción (SOMOS) were raided in Guatemala City. Unknown persons broke into their offices overnight and took property and documents belonging to the association. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Jimmy Morales' presidency ends with significant setbacks to freedom of expression in Guatemala

Activists criminalised and continuous delegitimisation of press in Brazil

CSO coalition Pacto pela Democracia published a retrospective of attacks against democracy in Brazil throughout 2019. The report outlines 60 key incidents which, according to Pacto, reveal a wider process of democratic deterioration in the country. Read more

Activists criminalised and continuous delegitimisation of press in Brazil

Further deterioration of press freedom in Ghana

In a statement on 2nd July 2019, media freedom organisation Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) said that the press freedom violations in Ghana 'near alarming proportions'. MFWA documented 31 violations affecting 40 victims in the 18 months to July 2019. The majority of the violations have been physical attacks and severe threats, and one journalist was killed - investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale was shot and killed in January 2019, the first journalist to have been killed in the country in over a decade. Read more

Further deterioration of press freedom in Ghana

Concerns about freedom of expression in Nigeria: journalists arrested, protests repressed

According to the Amnesty International report 'Endangered Voices. Attack on Freedom of Expression in Nigeria', at least 19 journalists, bloggers and media practitioners have been subject to attacks between January and September 2019. These range from physical attacks, verbal assaults, death threats, surveillance, indiscriminate detention to pressure to reveal sources, mostly perpetrated by Nigerian security forces. Read more

Concerns about freedom of expression in Nigeria:  journalists arrested, protests repressed

HRD detained without charge and journalist arrested for disobedience as Cuba increases repression

On 1 October 2019, security agents detained José Daniel Ferrer, leader of opposition group Unión Patriótica de Cuba (Patriotic Union of Cuba - UNPACU). Ferrer was with his four sons when the Cuban special forces detained him and four other activists. The UNPACU leader was held incommunicado for 72 hours, remaining in detention without charge.

On 11 September 2019, authorities arrested independent Cuban journalist Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces, after he was convicted of resistance and disobedience for attempting to cover a trial of religious pastors. On 7 October 2019, nineteen independent media outlets published a declaration reporting a wave of repression from the Díaz-Canel government. Since January 2018 to date, the signatory organisations have counted 183 aggressions against journalists, with a noticeable increase in recent months. Read more

HRD detained without charge and journalist arrested for disobedience as Cuba increases repression