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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

Repression of activists and journalists persists in Myanmar despite ASEAN rebuke

In the last two months, activists and journalists have continued to be targeted and criminalised and there are reports of torture of political prisoners. The internet has also been shut down in some regions. Some activists and journalists were released in a mass amnesty in October but some have been re-arrested. Read more

Repression of activists and journalists persists in Myanmar despite ASEAN rebuke

Reprisals against Hmong, religious freedom violations and search for Sombath continues

In recent months, the UN Secretary General reported on the issue of reprisals faced by individuals communicating with the UN, particularly in relation to the disappeared members of the Hmong community. A new report highlighted the implications of the country’s Decree 315 on the situation of freedom of religion and belief and supported the development of an updated decree compliant with international standards. The wife of human rights defender Sombath Somphone marked almost nine years of his disappearance on the International Day of the Disappeared. Migrant Myanmar workers protested in Laos over the lack of support during the lockdown.
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Reprisals against Hmong, religious freedom violations and search for Sombath continues

Increasingly Unstable Environment for Human Rights and Civic Freedoms as Iraqi Elections Take Place

In the run up to the Iraqi elections which took place on 10th October 2021, with one of the lowest turn-outs in years, there has been an increasingly unstable atmosphere for the exercise of basic human rights and civic freedoms. In addition to violations of freedom of expression and assembly, a recent report by Human Rights Watch highlighted the difficulties facing Iraqis, with inability to exercise their right to vote as a result of discriminatory legislation and inaccessible polling stations. Read more

Increasingly Unstable Environment for Human Rights and Civic Freedoms as Iraqi Elections Take Place

Haiti: insecurity crisis hampers aid delivery, creates shortages and leads to protests

On 14th August 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit three departments on Haiti’s southern coast – the Nippes, the South and the Grand’Anse. According to a report by the National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH) based on information provided by the national emergency agency, at least 1,300 people were killed and nearly 6,000 others injured. Read more  |  Read in French

Haiti: insecurity crisis hampers aid delivery, creates shortages and leads to protests

Belize: protesters demand justice for teenager killed by police

On 14th July 2021, 14-year-old Laddie Gillett was shot and killed by a police corporal in the beach town Placencia Village, Stann Creek District. According to news reports, the young boy and a friend were running on the beach trying to beat the curfew when they were pursued by police officers. The incident has sparked outrage, leading to protests for justice and a campaign for police reform. Read more

Belize: protesters demand justice for teenager killed by police

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

A victory for LGBTI Pride parade organisers; concerns over DDoS attacks

The LGBT Pride parade took place for the second time in Sarajevo, under tight security measures to avoid incidents which potentially involve counter protesters from conservative organisations. According to the Sarajevo Open Center, the decision of the Sarajevo Canton, Municipality of Centar, and the City of Sarajevo to cover the costs of additional security measures at the pride march, which were ordered by the Ministry of the Interior of Sarajevo Canton, is a remarkable victory when it comes to the right to freedom of peaceful assembly of LGBTI people. Protests were also staged by coal miners and by the "Justice for David" group. A series of hacker attacks on the news portal nezavisne.com, which lasted for several days from 10th August has been deemed a violation of journalist rights and media freedom by the Association of Bosnian Journalists. Read more

A victory for LGBTI Pride parade organisers; concerns over DDoS attacks

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

Protests and media freedom concerns over Russian-Occupied Crimea

“Stop capitulation” protests held in Kyiv; Coalition for Media Freedom calls for release of journalists detained in Crimea; 4 Crimean Tatars imprisoned in the “Hizb-ut-Tahrir case” Read more

Protests and media freedom concerns over Russian-Occupied Crimea