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Bolivia: opposition leader’s arrest sparks protests

On 28th December 2022, the governor of the Santa Cruz department, Luis Fernando Camacho, was arrested on charges of ‘terrorism’. The indictment was made in the framework of an ongoing criminal case related to the ouster of former president Evo Morales in 2019. Read more

Bolivia: opposition leader’s arrest sparks protests

KRIK investigative portal found “guilty” in a SLAPP; targeting of environmental defenders continues

The Basic Public Prosecutor's Office in Novi Sad launched an investigation against 12 people who participated in the protests against the adoption of the General Urban Plan, which took place in July 2022. The Crime and Corruption Research Network (KRIK) was found guilty in a SLAPP case initiated by the former Head of the Security Intelligence Agency, now Minister of Internal Affairs, Bratislav Gašić. There were several smear campaigns against journalists and obstruction of their work. Read more

KRIK investigative portal found “guilty” in a SLAPP; targeting of environmental defenders continues

Argentina: economic crisis leads to recurrent protests

Throughout 2022, Argentina continued to face a severe economic crisis marked by rising inflation, declining wages and a reduction in purchasing power. This situation led to recurrent protests by various social movements and organisations. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Argentina: economic crisis leads to recurrent protests

Mexico: women defenders and the families of disappeared persons targeted

On 6th November 2022, woman human rights defender María Carmela Vázquez Ramírez was shot and killed in Abasolo, Guanajuato. Carmela Vázquez was a member of the Colectivo Personas Desaparecidas in Pénjamo (Collective of Missing Persons in Pénjamo) and was looking for her son Óscar Zuñiga Vázquez, who had disappeared on 14th June 2022. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Mexico: women defenders and the families of disappeared persons targeted

One year after the coup, civic space violations continue unabated

A year after the coup, pro-democracy protests have continued. These protests have been met with excessive force and detentions, including sexual violence against women protesters. Internet shutdowns have taken place on several occasions. Meanwhile, journalists reporting on the aftermath of the coup have faced violations. Read more

One year after the coup, civic space violations continue unabated

Uruguay: authorities stigmatise journalists and activists

On 14th September 2022, National Party Senator Graciela Bianchi interrupted a student leader, belittled her and attempted to stop her from speaking up at a Senate Commission meeting. The incident took place at a session of the Education and Culture Commission attended by several representatives of educational bodies, including Génesis Gallardo, an elected student representative at the Education Training Council (CFE). Read more

Uruguay: authorities stigmatise journalists and activists

Haitian journalists faced with spiralling violence

Insecurity and violence continued to affect the daily lives of press workers in Haiti, some of whom reported facing attacks not only from criminal gangs but also from Haitian security forces. The situation led international organisations such as Reporters Without Borders (RSF) to call for urgent measures to ensure that media personnel are able to work safely without being targeted. Read more  |  Read in French

Haitian journalists faced with spiralling violence

Banks stage strikes amid crippling economic crisis, several arson attacks against media outlets

Since the start of this crisis in Lebanon, a number of decrees imposing banking restrictions such as Circular 151 containing exceptional measures for cash withdrawals from foreign-currency accounts and Circular 158 containing exceptional measures for the gradual repayment of foreign currency deposits, have been issued by the central bank. As a result, since 4th October 2022, some depositors have stormed local banks to access their own funds - many needed them for urgent medical care of family members. Consequently, the Association of Banks in Lebanon announced a number of strikes following the storming of seven bank branches between 4th October and the end of that month. Separately, several arson attacks took place against media outlets or journalists' home. Read more

Banks stage strikes amid crippling economic crisis, several arson attacks against media outlets

Israeli occupation forces raid, damage and seal offices of several CSOs; Jerusalem born French-Palestinian lawyer exiled to France

On the morning of 18th August 2022, the Israeli occupying forces (IOF) entered, raided and sealed the entrances to the offices of seven CSOs, damaging and confiscating property while doing so. Following the raid, IOF attached a new door to the organisation’s offices and welded it shut to prevent any future access, attaching a military order announcing the association’s closure under Article 319 of the Emergency Regulations, of 1945.On 18th December 2022, Israeli occupation authorities unlawfully and forcibly deported Jerusalem born French-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hammouri, exiling him to France. This comes after Israel’s Supreme Court rejected Hammouri’s appeal against the revocation of his right of residence in Jerusalem on 29th November 2022. Additionally, several HRDs and journalists were targeted Read more

Israeli occupation forces raid, damage and seal offices of several CSOs; Jerusalem born French-Palestinian lawyer exiled to France

Brazil: anti-democratic demonstrations following presidential election

On 30th October 2022, Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva won a narrow victory in the second round of Brazil’s presidential elections. Lula was elected with 50.90% of the votes, against 49.10% for far-right incumbent Jair Messias Bolsonaro. A former union leader and president of Brazil between 2003 and 2010, Lula spent over 500 days in jail for corruption and was banned from running for office for several years before his conviction was thrown out in 2021. Read more

Brazil: anti-democratic demonstrations following presidential election