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Honduras: reforms to existing laws impose restrictions on civic space

On 7th October 2021, the National Assembly approved new reforms to Honduras’ Criminal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Law against Money Laundering. Civil society organisations expressed concern about some of the modifications, including the increase in penalties for those found guilty of “usurpation.” Read more

Honduras: reforms to existing laws impose restrictions on civic space

Summary: Opposition activists face pressure ahead of presidential elections, bloggers targeted

According to official information, incumbent President Shavkat Mirziyoyev won the presidential elections held in Uzbekistan on 24th October 2021 by more than 80 percent of the vote. As highlighted by international observers, the elections were characterised by the lack of meaningful competition, as no genuine opposition parties have succeeded in obtaining registration in the country and were therefore unable to nominate candidates for the elections. At the same time, opposition activists were harassed and intimidated in the run-up to the presidential elections. Separately, the process of registering new NGOs remains fraught with difficulties, and several independent NGOs have repeatedly been denied registration on grounds that appear to be politically motivated. The climate for free speech remains restrictive both on- and offline- with bloggers being targeted and several websites being blocked throughout the presidential election campaign. Read more

Summary: Opposition activists face pressure ahead of presidential elections, bloggers targeted

Police excesses during protests a worrying trend, company in spotlight for using SLAPP

Kakuzi PLC, a Kenyan agricultural company with a UK parent company, sued two human rights organisations - the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and Ndula Resource Centre (NRC) over their advocacy work with local communities; environmental activist shot dead; Several police shootings reported during various protests; several journalists attacked, arrested and detained in separate incidents. Read more

Police excesses during protests a worrying trend, company in spotlight for using SLAPP

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

Ongoing threats and attacks against civil society, media in Afghanistan while protests restricted

Over the last month, human rights defenders and NGOs have faced death threats, attacks and killings. The Taliban has imposed media restrictions while journalists have faced intimidation and attacks. Despite restrictions imposed by the Taliban, protests by women’s groups on their denial of access to work and education have persisted. Read more

Ongoing threats and attacks against civil society, media in Afghanistan while protests restricted

Colombia: four months since the beginning of National Strike

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, at the end of April 2021, a tax reform bill sparked nationwide anti-government protests in Colombia. According to Human Rights Watch, at least 68 people had died during the protests by the beginning of June. Over a thousand were injured and detained, and hundreds were reported missing. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Colombia: four months since the beginning of National Strike

Costa Rica: repression of Indigenous communities and protests by Nicaraguan exiles

On 11th September 2021, Nicaraguan activist Joao Maldonado was shot in Escazú, on the outskirts of San José. The attack took place a day before a scheduled protest against the government of President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua led by the organisation Unidad de Exiliados Nicaragüenses (Unity of Nicaraguan Exiles). Read more

Costa Rica: repression of Indigenous communities and protests by Nicaraguan exiles

Journalists targeted by organised smear campaigns

Under the common narrative that “CSOs are foreign mercenaries and enemies of the state”, the “Srpski Telegraf” tabloid published an article entitled "Western Megaphones Get Millions" presenting unverified information about financial transactions, donors and projects carried out by media and civil society organisations. The Crime and Corruption Investigation Network (KRIK) was targeted by an organised media campaign after publishing an article with transcripts of the interrogation of Veljko Belivuk, head of a criminal group suspected of serious crimes, revealing alleged connections of the criminal group with the President’s family. Several journalists were also targeted during this period. Read more

Journalists targeted by organised smear campaigns

Political developments raise concerns for civic space

On 25th July 2021, Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed announced that he was dismissing Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, suspending parliament for 30 days, lifting parliamentary immunity and taking over supervision of public prosecution. The state of emergency was extended to 19th January 2022. Following this, police raided the Tunis headquarters of Al Jazeera TV, evicting its staff and closing down the office. Several other concerning developments unfolded including over 50 Tunisians have been placed under arbitrary house arrest, including former officials, a judge and three lawmakers. Additionally, the arbitrary use of a travel ban is another critical concern, with over 50 cases documented. Read more

Political developments raise concerns for civic space

#FixTheCountry protests; two people killed in protest against the killing of a social activist

Authorities refused to grant a permit for a #FixTheCountry protest scheduled for 9th May 2021 in Accra, using the grounds of limiting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. #FixTheCountry started out as a social media campaign in which mainly Ghanaian youth called for better socio-economic conditions in the country, ranging from employment opportunities, fixing the roads, lower taxes and better service delivery, and became a movement demanding better living conditions. Read more

#FixTheCountry protests; two people killed in protest against the killing of a social activist