non state actors

USA: Pro-choice rally sizzles, pro-Trump rally fizzles

On 2nd October 2021, tens of thousands of women and their supporters marched in multiple cities to protest against state restrictions on abortion and to advocate for a constitutional right to the procedure. Read more

USA: Pro-choice rally sizzles, pro-Trump rally fizzles

Nicaragua: persecution of civil society leaders continues unabated two months ahead of elections

On 9th September 2021, Nicaragua’s Public Prosecutor Office charged lawyer and human rights defender María Oviedo, presidential candidate Noel Vidaurre and campesino leader Pedro Mena with “conspiracy to undermine national integrity”. Oviedo was also charged under the country’s Cybercrime Law (No. 1042) with “dissemination of false news using information and communications technologies”. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Nicaragua: persecution of civil society leaders continues unabated two months ahead of elections

Mexico: Frustration with government takes people to the streets

On 29th August 2021 in Chiapas, members of a teachers’ union blocked President López Obrador’s vehicle on his way to deliver his daily televised news conference. Members of the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (National Coordinator of Education Workers - CNTE) wanted to speak directly to the president about employment issues including remuneration, working conditions and recruitment. Read more

Mexico: Frustration with government takes people to the streets

Colombia: four months since the beginning of National Strike

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, at the end of April 2021, a tax reform bill sparked nationwide anti-government protests in Colombia. According to Human Rights Watch, at least 68 people had died during the protests by the beginning of June. Over a thousand were injured and detained, and hundreds were reported missing. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Colombia: four months since the beginning of National Strike

Canada: Environmental defenders face arrests and excessive force in Fairy Creek blockades

Protests and civil disobedience actions against the cutting of old-growth forests in Fairy Creek have continued in Vancouver. As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, demonstrators have been camping and mobilising to prevent deforestation on southwestern Vancouver Island for several months. Read more  |  Read in French

Canada: Environmental defenders face arrests and excessive force in Fairy Creek blockades

Closure of 45 civil society organisations within one month in Nicaragua

As reported in the CIVICUS Monitor in previous updates, an unprecedented crackdown against civil society and political opposition has been ongoing in Nicaragua since the end of May 2021. Dozens of human rights defenders and members of the political opposition have been arrested on trumped-up charges. Business leaders, journalists and former allies of President Ortega have also been targeted. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Closure of 45 civil society organisations within one month in Nicaragua

USA: Penalties for protesters increasing

Several lawmakers and activists were arrested while protesting for voting rights in Washington D.C. in July 2021. The arrests took place during demonstrations calling on the Senate to pass the For the People Act, Democrats’ election reform bill, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Read more

USA: Penalties for protesters increasing

Stigmatisation of opposition continues in Bolivia

The Observatory of Human Rights Defenders of civil society organisation UNITAS warned about criminalisation and stigmatisation of political opposition in Bolivia. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Stigmatisation of opposition continues in Bolivia

Academics, Journalists, Actors and Lawyers Targeted for Exercising Right to Freedom of Expression

Sana’a University academic, architect and online activist Dr. Mohammed Ali Naim assassinated by unidentified gunmen; journalist Fahd Yahya Al-Arhabi arrested by Houthi de-facto authorities; forces affiliated with the Southern Transitional Council storm the building of the Yemen News Agency (Saba); Read more

Academics, Journalists, Actors and Lawyers Targeted for Exercising Right to Freedom of Expression

Mexico: wave of killings of journalists, environmental and Indigenous rights defenders

On 12th June 2021, Yaqui Indigenous leader and environmental defender Luis Urbano Domínguez was shot and killed as he exited a bank in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Mexico: wave of killings of journalists, environmental and Indigenous rights defenders