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‘Closed’ civic space shows Laos not taking annual human rights dialogues seriously

Despite the dialogues, human rights groups stated there was ‘no improvement in the human rights situation in Laos’ and raised a number of concerns related to civic space including the detention of political prisoners and issues of enforced disappearances that reman unaddressed. Further, civil society groups and media have continued to highlight the regime’s iron grip on the media, persecution of religious minorities and restrictions on protests related to land. Read more

‘Closed’ civic space shows Laos not taking annual human rights dialogues seriously

Protests for migrant rights; positive move in press freedom index

On 15th June 2022, around a dozen demonstrators staged a protest outside the Lithuanian government’s office in Vilnius over the country’s policies on migrants and asylum seekers. The demonstrators called on the government to reconsider its current policy and provide opportunities for integration into Lithuania. Separately, a protest against sexual violence in Ukraine was held outside the Russian Embassy in Vilnius. The protest came after reports that Ukrainian women and children were being raped and tortured by Russian troops. Relates to Russia's war on Ukraine, the Lithuanian government submitted legal amendments to the parliament on 23rd March 2022, which aimed to extend the powers to restrict online content that incites hatred and violence or contains war propaganda. Read more

Protests for migrant rights; positive move in press freedom index

Reappointment of Attorney General signals difficult times for civil society and the press in Guatemala

On 16th May 2022, President Alejandro Giammattei announced the reappointment of Attorney General Consuelo Porras to another four years in office. Since taking office in 2018, Porras has been criticised by civil society organisations for dismantling anti-corruption efforts and abusing her powers by persecuting people who contributed to these efforts. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Reappointment of Attorney General signals difficult times for civil society and the press in Guatemala

Mexico: twelve journalists killed by the end of June 2022

On 29th June 2022, veteran journalist Antonio de la Cruz, a reporter for the newspaper Expreso, was shot dead near his house in Ciudad Victoria, capital of the state of Tamaulipas. De la Cruz had worked with Expreso for over two decades, covering environmental issues and agriculture. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Mexico: twelve journalists killed by the end of June 2022

Civil society outlawed in practice by Nicaragua’s authorities

Nicaragua’s authorities continue to use money laundering legislation, the Foreign Agents law and other restrictive laws to crack down on civil society, in an effort to dismantle civic participation spaces that are not controlled by the government. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Civil society outlawed in practice by Nicaragua’s authorities

Canada: use of emergency powers to disperse protests under scrutiny

In April 2022, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that an independent public inquiry would be held into the government’s use of emergency powers in February 2022 to disperse anti-vaccine trucker protests and border blockades. Read more

Canada: use of emergency powers to disperse protests under scrutiny

Canada: Freedom Convoy organisers have their day in court

In April 2022, the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) announced they had initiated a Charter of Rights challenge against the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), arguing that a multi-year audit of the charity was tainted by bias and islamophobia. Read more

Canada: Freedom Convoy organisers have their day in court

Vote of no confidence sparks protests

In February 2022, the Montenegrin government was toppled by a vote of no-confidence supported by opposition parties and the junior coalition partner URA. Several protests across the country have been organised prior to and in the aftermath of the vote. The political negotiation process to form a new minority or majority government has been accompanied by street protests mainly attended by protesters supporting the Democratic Montenegro party. Read more

Vote of no confidence sparks protests

Nicaragua: prosecution and conviction of several political prisoners

In January and February 2022, Nicaraguan authorities resumed the prosecution of political prisoners, holding “express” trials marred by procedural irregularities. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Nicaragua: prosecution and conviction of several political prisoners

Canada: Protests against health restrictions show no signs of slowing

On 1st January 2022, a pastor who has been repeatedly arrested for holding church gatherings in Calgary was arrested again after he attended a protest outside the provincial health minister's home. Read more

Canada: Protests against health restrictions show no signs of slowing