attack on HRD

Kazakhstan: Civil society activists intimidated, harassed and imprisoned

Fundamental freedoms have continuously been severely restricted in Kazakhstan.
Civil society activists, bloggers, protest participants and others - who criticised authorities in power - faced intimidation and harassment, including prosecution on charges brought against their legitimate exercise of freedom of expression, association and assembly. Read more

Kazakhstan: Civil society activists intimidated, harassed and imprisoned

CSOs condemn murder attempt against HRD

CSOs condemn murder attempt against Human rights activist Ogtar Gulaliyev; CSOs call on authorities to lift the travel ban imposed on investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova; Opposition candidates decry prohibitive television campaign costs; prominent anti-corruption blogger Mehman Huseynov assaulted, detained Read more

CSOs condemn murder attempt against HRD

Courts nullify elections, order government to allow dreadlocks in schools, in landmark cases

In a landmark ruling delivered on Monday 3rd February 2020, the Constitutional Court ordered the nullification of the May 2019 elections and ordered fresh elections, the high court in Zomba ordered the ministry of education to allow Rastafarian children with dreadlocks to enrol in public schools,
Since the May 2019 elections, Malawians engaged in sustained popular protests against the government which have been met with police reprisals, Human Rights Defenders Coalition organized a protest against the rape of women, three journalists detained for two hours at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, female journalist Patricia Kayuni was physically assaulted by protesters in Chitipa district Read more

Courts nullify elections, order government to allow dreadlocks in schools, in landmark cases

Over 12000 NGOs ordered to stop operations, LGBTIQ community face increasing attacks

More than 12,000 charities ordered to stop their operations; attacks on the LGBTIQ community in Uganda intensify; police detain opposition leader and former president of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Kizza Besigye; police fire tear gas at journalists protesting against police abuse in Kampala; security operatives storm and ransack the office of the opposition FDC party Read more

Over 12000 NGOs ordered to stop operations, LGBTIQ community face increasing attacks

91 political prisoners released but HRDs and journalists face continuous hostility and threats

On 16th December 2019, human rights defender Juan Chamorro said that he has received several death threats from President Daniel Ortega supporters. Chamorro is the director of opposition coalition Alianza Cívica. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

91 political prisoners released but HRDs and journalists face continuous hostility and threats

Violent protests and alleged extrajudicial executions in Bolivia as political crisis escalated

On 10th November 2019, Evo Morales resigned as president of Bolivia, after weeks of unrest over contested general elections at the end of October 2019. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Violent protests and alleged extrajudicial executions in Bolivia as political crisis escalated

Government tightens reins on civic freedoms during the last year

over the last year, the experienced continued closing of civic space by introducing restrictive laws, abduction and detention of HRDs, while crackdown on press freedom continued Read more

Government tightens reins on civic freedoms during the last year

Activists criminalised and continuous delegitimisation of press in Brazil

CSO coalition Pacto pela Democracia published a retrospective of attacks against democracy in Brazil throughout 2019. The report outlines 60 key incidents which, according to Pacto, reveal a wider process of democratic deterioration in the country. Read more

Activists criminalised and continuous delegitimisation of press in Brazil

Women human rights defenders are targets of threats and attacks in Honduras

On 12th October 2019, land rights defender María Digna Montero was murdered at her home in the indigenous and afro-descendent Garifuna community of Cuzuna, Colón department. According to reports, unidentified assailants shot her several times in her backyard and then fled on a motorcycle. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Women human rights defenders are targets of threats and attacks in Honduras

Indigenous communities in Colombia under attack

The Colombia National Indigenous Organisation reported that 115 Indigenous people have been assassinated so far in 2019. On 28th October 2019, rural workers association Asociación Nacional de Zonas de Reserva Campesina (National Association of Peasant Reserve Zones - ANZORC) reported that 16-year-old social leader Flower Jair Trompeta Pavi had been tortured and murdered. On 29th October 2019, an illegal armed group in the Cauca region attacked members of the Nasa people, killing indigenous authority Ne’h Wesx Cristina Taquinas Bautista and four Indigenous Guards. Six other people were wounded.

On 21st November 2019, over 200,000 protesters took to the streets of Colombia for a 12-hour nationwide strike. Initially called by unions, the strike was joined by pensioners, students, indigenous groups and other social sectors. The killing of 18-year-old Dylan Muricio Cruz during a protest for education on 23rd November 2019 in Bogotá has mobilised more protests. Read more

Indigenous communities in Colombia under attack