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Increasing use of draconian UAPA and other repressive laws to stifle dissent in India

In recent months, the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and anti-terror laws has continued to be misused against activists, journalists and online critics especially around the communal violence in Tripura and in the detention of human rights defender Khurram Parvez. There have also been attacks against Right to Information (RTI) activists and attacks on the farmers’ protests. Read more

Increasing use of draconian UAPA and other repressive laws to stifle dissent in India

Costa Rica: suspect in killing of Indigenous leader Jehry Rivera Rivera faces trial

On 19th October 2021, the criminal court of Buenos Aires ordered the opening of a trial against a suspect in the murder of Brorán Indigenous leader Jehry Rivera Rivera on 24th February 2020. The Prosecutor’s Office charged the suspect with the crimes of homicide, aggravated threats and illegal carrying of a firearm. Read more

Costa Rica: suspect in killing of Indigenous leader Jehry Rivera Rivera faces trial

USA: Frustration over power outages drives thousands to protest in Puerto Rico

On 15th October 2021, about 4,000 people marched in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to protest the island’s recurrent power blackouts. Many criticised power company Luma for failing to provide adequate electricity to residents and demanded its ouster. Read more

USA: Frustration over power outages drives thousands to protest in Puerto Rico

International Criminal Court opens investigation on crimes against humanity in Venezuela

On 4th November 2021, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced the opening of a formal investigation into allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings committed by Venezuelan security forces under President Nicolás Maduro. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

International Criminal Court opens investigation on crimes against humanity in Venezuela

Journalists barred from press conference and attacked by outgoing Prime Minister

Legislative elections in Czech Republic were held on 8th and 9th October 2021, resulting in a positive outcome for the centre-right SPOLU (Together) coalition, with 27.79% of the vote. The ruling party, ANO, led by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, obtained 27.12% of the vote, coming in second place. On 11th November 2021, Andrej Babiš and his cabinet tendered their resignation. Babiš will continue to serve until the new coalition government is formed. However, prior to and during the election campaign, the PM continued to attack journalists. On 29th September 2021, a number of international and Czech journalists were not admitted to a joint press conference held in Ústí nad Labem by Prime Minister Babiš and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Additionally, Babiš targeted Jaroslav Kmenta, an investigative journalist at Reporter Magazine during an election campaign rally in Poděbrady. Kmenta, who previously wrote a critical book about the PM. On another occasion, his security guards also attacked two journalists and prevented them from posing questions. Read more

Journalists barred from press conference and attacked by outgoing Prime Minister

Attempts to ban LGBTI pride march unsuccessful; President makes homophobic statements

Despite challenges in the preceding months, the Kaunas Pride march took place at the beginning of September 2021, involving more than 2,000 demonstrators. The Kaunas municipality had used all available legal means to prevent the march from happening, but the court ruled against the municipality, allowing the peaceful demonstration to occur. Counter-protesters tried to block the path of the march, threw eggs, hurled insults and clashed with the police. The event resulted in 22 individuals being detained and five pre-trial investigations The attempt to halt the pride event came shortly after homophobic statements were made by the President of Lithuania, Gitanas Nausėda. Another rally was held in Vilnius on 10th September 2021, organised by the Lithuanian Family Movement, gathering more than 4,500 people, with the purpose of protesting against LGBTQI+ rights - including the ratification of the Istanbul Convention - and against COVID-19 measures. Read more

Attempts to ban LGBTI pride march unsuccessful; President makes homophobic statements

Canada: provinces ban demonstrations near health facilities

On 23rd September 2021, the Quebec government adopted special legislation that makes it illegal to protest within 50 meters of schools, day care centres, hospitals, medical clinics, vaccination sites and testing centres. Read more

Canada: provinces ban demonstrations near health facilities

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

Media protest controversial bills; five activists prosecuted for wearing #BuhariMustGo T-shirts

On 12th July 2021, several major newspapers, including Premium Times, Vanguard, the Guardian, The Punch, the Daily Sun, covered their front page with an image of a man with a sealed mouth, captioned "Information Blackout", as protest against attempts by the government to regulate social media and censor the media. Read more

Media protest controversial bills; five activists prosecuted for wearing #BuhariMustGo T-shirts

Uruguay: civil society pushes back against regressive legislation

In June 2021, the government proposed changes to the Access to Public Information Law (No. 18.381) using Article 29 of the “Accountability and Budget Execution Balance for the financial year 2020” bill. The legislation would modify the information that public agencies must make permanently available on their websites and other media, also imposing limitations to the right of access to public information. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Uruguay: civil society pushes back against regressive legislation