non state actors

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

UN body raises concerns about laws restricting press freedom and stifling of protests while foreign journalists in Japan face threats

Since September 2022, there have been concerns about threats against foreign journalists by right wing groups. The UN Human Rights Committee has raised concerns around laws restricting press freedom, especially the Designated Secrets Protection Act as well as about protest restrictions and excessive force used by the police. Read more

UN body raises concerns about laws restricting press freedom and stifling of protests while foreign journalists in Japan face threats

USA: civil liberties endangered and defended in the courts

In December 2023, the Treasury Department announced plans to expand protections for a range of activities that provide life-saving aid and peacebuilding in places where civilians need assistance. The announcement identified a number of new or amended General Licenses designed to meet basic human needs, specifying the types of activities and financial transactions that are permitted in areas where sanctions exist. Read more

USA: civil liberties endangered and defended in the courts

Canada: workers push back against restricting legislation

In a decision released on 29th November 2022, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down a provincial law that limited wage increases for public sector workers (‘Bill 124’), saying it violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Read more

Canada: workers push back against restricting legislation

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

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

Brazil: anti-democratic demonstrations following presidential election

On 30th October 2022, Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva won a narrow victory in the second round of Brazil’s presidential elections. Lula was elected with 50.90% of the votes, against 49.10% for far-right incumbent Jair Messias Bolsonaro. A former union leader and president of Brazil between 2003 and 2010, Lula spent over 500 days in jail for corruption and was banned from running for office for several years before his conviction was thrown out in 2021. Read more

Brazil: anti-democratic demonstrations following presidential election

Paraguay: September marked by killings of a journalist and a campesino leader

On 12th September 2022, campesino leader Artemio Cabral was shot by alleged employees of livestock company Agroganadera La Leña. The company is contesting ownership of land belonging to Ñacunday campesinos in Colonia Santa Lucía, Itakyry district, Alto Paraná. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Paraguay: September marked by killings of a journalist and a campesino leader

Nicaragua in contempt of international human rights mechanisms

On 18th October 2022, the Ministry of the Interior ordered the removal of the legal status of 42 national civil society organisations (CSOs) and the cancellation of the operating registration of 58 foreign CSOs, most of them from the United States, Spain and Germany. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Nicaragua in contempt of international human rights mechanisms

Bolivia: Strike paralyses Santa Cruz department for over a month

From 22nd October 2022, civilian groups in the Santa Cruz department launched an indefinite strike against the postponement of a national population and housing census. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Bolivia: Strike paralyses Santa Cruz department for over a month