refugees and migrants

Protests on migrant worker conditions and discrimination against indigenous people in Taiwan

In recent months there have been protests by migrant workers and migrant rights NGOs against poor working conditions. There were also protests linked to the Black Lives Matter movement highlighting discrimination against indigenous people. At the end of June 2020, one of the few Pride marches was held in Taiwan. The country dropped one place in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index in April 2020 Read more

Protests on migrant worker conditions and discrimination against indigenous people in Taiwan

Journalists face lawsuits and attacks; media outlets face possibility of closure due to pandemic

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, government introduced some economic assistance measures. However, there have not been any specific measures intended to help CSOs during the pandemic. Despite restrictions on movement, citizens have used alternative ways of protesting during the pandemic. There were concerning developments around freedom of expression during the reporting period. The Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) conducted a survey which found that there were 905 lawsuits against journalists and media outlets in Croatia. There were several cases involving physical or verbal attacks against journalists during the reporting period. In addition, media outlets face economic challenges, with the threat of closures and layoffs due to the pandemic.
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Journalists face lawsuits and attacks; media outlets face possibility of closure due to pandemic

Dock workers adversely impacted by state of emergency during pandemic

A state of emergency was announced on 20th March 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It remained in place until 3rd May 2020, before shifting into a state of “calamity” until 17th May 2020. During the state of emergency the President suspended the right to strike and right to resistance (article 21) which are essential rights in the Constitution. However, dock workers who were striking prior to the emergency were adversely affected. In April 2020, the state of emergency was renewed with a new disposition. In article 4C of the updated declaration, workers’ unions were not allowed to take part in labour negotiations and in specific negotiations of measures affecting workers’ rights and state support. Only the representatives of the owners of companies were included. Read more

Dock workers adversely impacted by state of emergency during pandemic

Continued concerns about privacy and freedoms in Australia, following civic space rating downgrade

The Australian government has continued to introduce bills that could undermine fundamental freedoms. These include the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment Bill 2020 that expands counter-terrorism powers and the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (International Production Orders) Bill 2020 which raises privacy concerns. Further, the coronavirus contact tracing app has raised human rights concerns while Australia’s press freedom ranking has dropped. Read more

Continued concerns about privacy and freedoms in Australia, following civic space rating downgrade

Journalists targeted in PNG amid the COVID-19 pandemic while nurses strike over lack of protection

In recent months, two journalists were targeted for their reporting related to COVID-19 while those spreading misinformation have been threatened with criminal sanctions. Further, nurses went on strike because of the lack of measures and equipment to protect them from the virus. Read more

Journalists targeted in PNG amid the COVID-19 pandemic while nurses strike over lack of protection

Far-right protest against lockdown restrictions; activists protest in creative ways during COVID-19

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic there is a ban in place for gatherings of over 20 people. Despite this, a number of demonstrations have been held. Far-right groups gathered to protest governments confinement measures. Meanwhile, far- left groups gathered for May Day protests and called for solidarity towards refugees. In a worrying development, there have been two seperate incidents where media crews were attacked during protests. Read more

Far-right protest against lockdown restrictions; activists protest in creative ways during COVID-19

Protests over economic conditions under COVID-19; journalists face threats for critical reporting

Despite a national lockdown being implemented on 22nd March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, protests erupted in various regions over economic conditions, the quality of quarantine facilities and detention facilities. Journalists and bloggers have also faced threats and criminal prosecutions for critical reports around the governments response to the pandemic. Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) have also faced prosecution or torture. Read more

Protests over economic conditions under COVID-19; journalists face threats for critical reporting

‘Nauru-19’ activists all released from prison

The last of the members of the so called 'Nauru-19' protesters, former cabinet minister Mathew Batsiua, was released from prison in April 2020. In February 2020, the International Criminal Court (ICC) found that detention conditions of refugees in Nauru may constitute a breach of international law Read more

‘Nauru-19’ activists all released from prison

In India the situation of activists and journalists remains precarious under the COVID-19 lockdown

Human rights defenders across India continue to be arrested and detained - some under draconian laws - despite the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, for raising questions or criticising the authorities. Journalists have also been targeted, including in Indian administered Kashmir. The authorities have also used the opportunity to destroy the Shaheen Bagh protest site in Delhi and to criminalise those protesting the discriminatory Citizen Amendment Act (CAA). Read more

In India the situation of activists and journalists remains precarious under the COVID-19 lockdown

Workers protest over health; prisoners riot over overcrowding during the coronavirus pandemic

Following the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, Italy introduced a full lockdown. However, during this period there have been protests amongst workers who raised concerns over health and safety conditions. Prisoners also raised concerns over the spread of the coronavirus within detention centres due to overcrowded facilities. In addition, thousands gathered in Bologna to protest the detention of Patrick George Zaki, an Egyptian activist and student studying for a master’s degree at the University of Bologna who is currently detained in Egypt.
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Workers protest over health; prisoners riot over overcrowding during the coronavirus pandemic