attack on HRD

On the watchlist: LGBTQI+ EuroPride goes ahead at the last minute as journalists and LGBTQI+ activists attacked

On 22nd September Serbia was added to the CIVICUS Monitor watchlist due to a rapid decline in civic freedoms, with concerns about the government’s attempts to ban the LGBTQI+ EuroPride march event. The government’s last-minute decisions regarding the march have prevented LGBTQI+ persons from fully exercising their right to peaceful assembly and created an environment for further hateful rhetoric and violence. Additionally, there are concerns over the ongoing targeting of environmental defenders during protests, and attacks against journalists.

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On the watchlist: LGBTQI+ EuroPride goes ahead at the last minute as journalists and LGBTQI+ activists attacked

Government embarks on brutal wave of retaliatory tactics against pro-democracy activists amid political impasse

Over the past few months, authorities have embarked on brutal, state-supported retaliatory attacks and arrests targeting activists who have mobilised and participated in the now year-long wave of protests and campaigns by citizens calling for democratic reforms in the country; Meanwhile, King Mswati III snubs SADC meeting intended to discuss deteriorating political developments in Eswatini, indicating that Eswatini would prefer to deal with its domestic issues outside of the regional spotlight. Read more

Government embarks on brutal wave of retaliatory tactics against pro-democracy activists amid political impasse

Reports and monitoring missions document extreme repression and violence against activists

In response to mounting pressure from human rights defenders in Iraq, the Ministry of Interior arrested Lieutenant-Colonel Omar Nizar, who was affiliated with the Rapid Response Division, on charges of killing protesters during a 2019 crackdown; Protesters summoned for their participation in protests on 25th October 2019; Body of civil society activist Haider Sabri found in Basra city with a bullet wound to the head; Read more

Reports and monitoring missions document extreme repression and violence against activists

Several killed, injured, arrested in protest against the military junta’s “unilateral management of the transition”

Front National pour la Défence de la Constitution (FNDC), a coalition of political parties, civil society groups and trade unions, called for protests on 28th and 29th July 2022 in Conakry to demand more transparency in Guinea’s transition, as coordinated by the military junta. Protests also called for the establishment of an inclusive framework for dialogue. According to news reports, the military junta deployed the armed forces to maintain public order during the demonstrations, and security forces reportedly used tear gas to disperse protesters, while protesters responded by throwing stones and burning tyres. Some of the protests turned into violent clashes between protesters and security forces, particularly in the neighbourhoods of Bambèto, Sonfonia and on the route Le Prince, and which led to casualties, injuries,and dozens of arrests. Read more  |  Read in French

Several killed, injured, arrested in protest against the military junta’s “unilateral management of the transition”

Indian authorities criminalise activists and bulldoze homes of protesters to silence dissent

In recent months, fabricated cases have been brought against activists, including prominent human rights defender Teesta Setalvad who has been arrested and detained. Journalist Mohammed Zubair, who has exposed hate speech and disinformation, was also arrested. The homes of protesters have been bulldozed. Read more

Indian authorities criminalise activists and bulldoze homes of protesters to silence dissent

Protests against city plan met with violence; Pride Centre targeted

On 11th May 2022, Milos Vučković, a member and activist of the Let’s Not Drown Belgrade movement was physically assaulted. On 7th June 2022, the premises of the Pride Info Center in Belgrade was attacked again when the neo-nazi group Belgrader Jugend put stickers on its office windows. This is the fourteenth attack on the Centre since its opening. On 21st July 2022, protests were held in Novi Sad against the General Urban Pal (GUP), which was adopted by the city assembly, despite public opposition from over 12,000 people via a petition. Protesters were met with violence and detained. Several threats and physical attacks against journalists were documented. Read more

Protests against city plan met with violence; Pride Centre  targeted

Costa Rica: armed attack on Indigenous defenders of Bajo Chirripó

A vehicle belonging to the Development Association of the Bajo Chirripó Cabécar territory was attacked with gunshots on 5th June 2022. The incident took place as Indigenous rights defenders left the Namaldi community in Matina, Limón province, after an event to celebrate World Environment Day. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Costa Rica: armed attack on Indigenous defenders of Bajo Chirripó

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

Dominican Republic: HRD detained for filming raid on migrants; new bills impacting free expression

On 24th May 2022, human rights defender Roudy Joseph was detained by agents of the Directorate-General for Migration (DGM) after refusing to hand over his mobile phone. Joseph is a member of the Colectivo Haitianos RD, a collective that defends the rights of people of the Haitian diaspora in the Dominican Republic. Read more

Dominican Republic: HRD detained for filming raid on migrants; new bills impacting free expression

Ecuador: another crackdown on Indigenous-led protests

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Ecuador since 13th June 2022, when the Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas de Ecuador (Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador – CONAIE) and other Indigenous organisations convened a national strike against the government’s economic and social policies. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Ecuador: another crackdown on Indigenous-led protests