LGBTI

Honduras: Two human rights defenders, Pablo Isabel Hernández Rivera and Thalía Rodríguez, killed

Trans human rights defender Thalía Rodríguez was murdered in her house in Tegucigalpa on 10th January 2022. According to Reportar Sin Miedo, two assailants entered her home and shot her multiple times. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Honduras: Two human rights defenders, Pablo Isabel Hernández Rivera and Thalía Rodríguez, killed

Ongoing violations on civic freedoms at Poland/Belarus border; further threats to LGBTQI+ rights

On 1st December 2021, the one-month-long state of emergency introduced in September 2021 along the Polish-Belarusian border expired after having been extended for a further 60 days. Following this, the Polish government installed several replacement measures which maintained restrictions on access to the area of the Poland-Belarus border. There have been concerning civic space developments as a result of the border situation. A police raid was carried out to investigate the activities of a humanitarian aid group, the Club of Catholic Intelligentsia, operating near the border. On 15th December 2021, four of their volunteers were interviewed by the police and the group’s phones and laptops were confiscated. Additionally, journalists reporting on the border crisis continue to face arbitrary detentions. New regulations which came into effect state that the local Border Guard Commander has the right to arbitrarily select media workers admitted to the border zone, who will be granted a permit. The regulations in effect raised international concern over transparency and the respect of human rights and media freedom. Additionally, the government has continued to attack LGBTQI+ rights through restrictive legislation. Read more

Ongoing violations on civic freedoms at Poland/Belarus border; further threats to LGBTQI+ rights

Mexican government investigated and monitored journalist and human rights defenders

In November 2021, new court documents revealed that human rights defenders and a journalist who had prominent roles investigating a massacre in Mexico were criminally investigated by government authorities under a special organised crime statute. Read more

Mexican government investigated and monitored journalist and human rights defenders

LGBTIQ+ people and rights under attack; journalist detained

LGBTIQ+ groups say they have seen an increase in attacks on LGBTIQ+ people since the controversial draconian anti-LGBTIQ+ law, “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021”, was introduced in Parliament end of June 2021 by eight Members of Parliament. As reported previously on the Monitor, the draft law would set high prison sentences for identifying as LGBTIQ+ people and those supporting or advocating for LGBTIQ+ rights – the latter punishable with prison sentences of up to ten years. In November 2021, Ghana's Parliament opened public hearings on the draft law.

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LGBTIQ+ people and rights under attack; journalist detained

HRDs co-opted into government, citizens arrested for opinions & first ever pride parade held

Controversial Labour Relations and Employment Amendment Bill raises concern; Analysts criticise co-opting of HRDs into government; Protesters denounce high cost of living; Demonstrations held over suspicious Loans Authorisation Bill; Protests held over land issues; Labour Relations and Employment Amendment Act sparks protests; First ever LGBTQI+ Pride parade held; Citizen jailed over Facebook post; Woman convicted over WhatsApp voice note Read more

HRDs co-opted into government, citizens arrested for opinions & first ever pride parade held

Dominican Republic: protests for Haitian migrants, women and LGBTQIA+ rights

As previously reported by the CIVICUS Monitor, the new Penal Code in discussion by lawmakers generated concern by civil society groups defending women’s rights and LGBTQIA+ rights. The legislation would continue to criminalise abortion in most situations and does not establish protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more

Dominican Republic: protests for Haitian migrants, women and LGBTQIA+ rights

Government cements further power over media; effects of anti-LGBTQI law seen

There have been concerning developments on media freedom. In October 2021), Mónika Karas, President of the National Media and Communications Authority (NHHH) and its Media Council resigned from her position. Karas was appointed in 2013 for a nine-year term. Under Karas’s leadership, the regulatory bodies have contributed to systematic declines in media freedom and the steady silencing of critical voices. . Karas’s early resignation opened the door for the ruling populist right-wing Fidesz party to decide on a new president for the next nine years before the upcoming general elections, thereby consolidating their power over a strategically important territory. There have been further concerning developments on LGBTQI+ rights. Several conquences have been documented as a result of the new anti-LGBTQI+ law: such as the censoring of a LGBTQI+ film and book. Additionally, the law has had a chilling effect: CSO's working on human rights have been denied access to schools while teachers and psychologists have to self-censor. Read more

Government cements further power over media; effects of anti-LGBTQI law seen

Politicians hold protest outside parliament while LGBTQI community still at risk in Samoa

In September 2021, opposition party members held a protest outside parliament while in November 2021, the government failed to support recommendations by the Human Rights Council to protect the LGBTQI community Read more

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Politicians hold protest outside parliament while LGBTQI community still at risk in Samoa

Human rights defenders and journalists arrested, prosecuted and tortured in China

In recent months there have been reports of activists and journalists being arrested under vague charges, detained, convicted and tortured or ill-treated. A journalist who reported on the pandemic is at risk of dying in detention while an LGBTQI+ activist group shut down due to ongoing repression. Read more

Human rights defenders and journalists arrested, prosecuted and  tortured in China

New tax rules impact civil society in Mexico

On 27th October 2021, Indigenous forest defender Irma Galindo Barrios went missing, reportedly after attending a protest in Mexico City. According to IM-Defensoras, she was meant to attend a conference of the Mechanism to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in the capital, but never arrived. Read more

New tax rules impact civil society in Mexico