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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

Media protest controversial bills; five activists prosecuted for wearing #BuhariMustGo T-shirts

On 12th July 2021, several major newspapers, including Premium Times, Vanguard, the Guardian, The Punch, the Daily Sun, covered their front page with an image of a man with a sealed mouth, captioned "Information Blackout", as protest against attempts by the government to regulate social media and censor the media. Read more

Media protest controversial bills; five activists prosecuted for wearing #BuhariMustGo T-shirts

Restrictions and attacks on journalists, protesters; reprisals against activists in the Maldives

In recent months, civil society has raised concerns about a new bill that threatens to force journalists to reveal sources. There have been reports of excessive force by the police against protesters and journalists with impunity. There has still been no justice for families of human rights defenders Yameen Rasheed and Ahmed Rilwan. In September 2021, the UN published a report on reprisals against civil society which included cases in the Maldives. Read more

Restrictions and attacks on journalists, protesters; reprisals against activists in the Maldives

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

Detentions and excessive force used at climate related protests against gas & the motor industry

Several climate justice related protests were staged during this period. Environmental activism group Ende Gelände organised a series of civil disobedience actions during the summer to raise awareness of the urgency of climate change threats and to call German institutions to act in a meaningful and effective way to protect the environment. In addition, in September 2021 thousands of people gathered in Munich on the occasion of the IAA Motor Show to protest against the greenwashing actions put in place by the automobile sector and to call on public authorities to invest in sustainable mobility solutions. During both these actions protesters were detained. In addition, while covering an Ende Gelände action, journalist Anna Dotti was temporarily held in custody by the police. Photojournalist Michael Trammer was taken into custody during the protest against the International Motor Show (IAA) that took place in Munich. Read more

Detentions and excessive force used at climate related protests against gas &  the motor industry

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

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

54 NGOs suspended, concern over repeated attacks against journalists covering curfew enforcement

Government suspends the operations of 54 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) due to “non-compliance” with the NGO Act 2016; Augustine Ojobile, the electoral commission secretary of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) was arrested for involvement in a “coffin protest”, where several activists demonstrated against the alleged embezzlement of COVID-19 funds; Several incidents reported concerning police officers using violence and force on journalists while enforcing a 7 PM to 5.30 AM curfew imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19. Read more

54 NGOs suspended, concern over repeated attacks against journalists covering curfew enforcement

Violent protest against LGBTIQ+ ends in anti-government protests

Protesters denounce new law pardoning violent dispersal of 2019 protests; Violent protest against LGBTIQ+ ends in anti-government protests ; Azerbaijani blogger killed in Georgia under unclear circumstances; State Security Service condemned for surveillance activities

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Violent protest against LGBTIQ+ ends in anti-government protests

Violations continue: CSOs Offices raided, HRDs arrested, women reporters attacked

On 16th August 2021, the headquarters of the Pioneers Association for Culture and Arts, and the Pioneers Vocational Training Center in Aida camp in Bethlehem was raided. On the other hand, on 7th July 2021, Israeli occupying forces (IOF) raided the home of Shatha Odeh Abu Fannouneh (Ms. Odeh) in Ramallah, arbitrarily detaining her and using gas grenades to terrorise her family. Odeh is the chairwoman of the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO) and serves as the Director of the Health Work Committee (HWC). Protests were staged following the death of activist Nizar Banat as a result of Palestinan security force action on 24th June 2021. According to Amnesty International, Palestinian security forces beat protesters and bystanders and used sound grenades, tear gas and other force to disperse them. Women were particularly targeted, many of them journalists, including with sexual assault during protests. Read more

Violations continue: CSOs Offices raided, HRDs arrested, women reporters attacked