labour rights

USA: Massive workers’ strike at California university

On 14th November 2022, about 48,000 graduate students and staff at the University of California (UC) launched a system-wide labour strike at all ten campuses to demand higher wages, improved leave for parents and caregivers, childcare support and full funding for public transit. Read more

USA: Massive workers’ strike at California university

Bolivia: Strike paralyses Santa Cruz department for over a month

From 22nd October 2022, civilian groups in the Santa Cruz department launched an indefinite strike against the postponement of a national population and housing census. Read more

Bolivia: Strike paralyses Santa Cruz department for over a month

Attacks on Guatemalan human rights organisations and justice operators

On 19th October 2022, the Attorney General’s Office raided the family house of Leily Santizo, a former prosecutor with the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). The raid took place in execution of an arrest warrant against Santizo for alleged obstruction of criminal proceedings. Read more

Attacks on Guatemalan human rights organisations and justice operators

El Salvador: hostile environment for human rights defenders and journalists

In September and October 2022, civil society organisations and international human rights experts expressed concern about the effect of continued exception measures on fundamental freedoms in El Salvador. The coalition Mesa por el Derecho a Defender Derechos (Board for the Right to Defend Rights) said human rights defenders are carrying out their work amid a hostile environment, subjected to daily attacks. Read more

El Salvador: hostile environment for human rights defenders and journalists

Protesters face judicial harassment while restrictions to freedom of expression persist in Malaysia

In recent months, the police continued to harass organisers and participants of protests, including activists and politicians, related to the rising prices of goods and the cost of living, around a combat ship scandal, the situation in Iran and around the election date. At least four people have been charged under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012. The authorities have also criminalised politicians and a comedian for their expression and are investigating a book by the former Attorney General. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) found a company to have violated the freedom of association of its workers, while a gender-diverse gathering was raided by the authorities. Read more

Protesters face judicial harassment while restrictions to freedom of expression persist in Malaysia

Economic crisis & teachers’ conditions spark mass protests as FIDESZ government continues its battle for EU funds

The Hungarian capital saw one of the largest protests in recent decades over conditions for teachers and the severe economic situation in Hungary. Since the government made teacher strikes effectively impossible by a decree in February 2022, teachers have started staging acts of civil disobedience. However, in late September 2022, five teachers were dismissed for having participated in the civil disobedience movement. Hungary's media watchdog, the National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH), said its Media Council had concluded that an animated Netflix series broke a Hungarian anti-LGBTQI+ law. . The Council has concluded in at least six cases that a media provider headquartered in another EU member state miscategorised content depicting homosexuality or transsexuality and that the age recommendation was too young. Read more

 Economic crisis & teachers’ conditions spark mass protests as FIDESZ government continues its battle for EU funds

Strike around wages and protest around labour rights violations in Taiwan

In recent months, workers from Chunghwa Express went on strike for better wages while migrant workers and their supporters demonstrated around the government failure to deal with labour rights violations. Read more

Strike around wages and protest around labour rights violations in Taiwan

Venezuela: intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders

On 24th August 2022, human rights lawyer Alonso Medina Roa was stopped at the Maiquetía international airport and prevented from leaving the country. Medina Roa is a lawyer with the civil society organisation Coalición por los Derechos Humanos y la Democracia (Coalition for Human Rights and Democracy), which works on the monitoring and reporting of torture and ill-treatment of political prisoners, and on their defence. Read more

Venezuela: intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders

Authorities continue to harass NagaWorld union strikers and criminalise activists and opposition members in Cambodia

In recent months, the harassment and attacks against the NagaWorld casino workers’ union has persisted. Communities involved in land disputes faced harassment while travelling to the capital. Five forests activists were convicted, while the convictions of other activists were upheld. The harassment and prosecution of the opposition has persisted. Press freedom continues to be at risk in Cambodia and there has been slow progress on the Access to Information Bill. Read more

Authorities continue to harass NagaWorld union strikers and criminalise activists and opposition members in Cambodia

The Qatari Authorities Target Peaceful Human Rights Defenders at Home and Abroad

three founding members of the “National Campaign for Travel-Banned Citizens” were subjected to enforced disappearance; CSOs call for continued scrutiny by human rights organisations and international bodies of the unrelenting plight of migrant workers in Qatar as preparations continue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup; Human Rights Watch reiterates its concerns about the treatment of LGBTIQ+ persons during the upcoming FIFA World Cup; human rights activists, including Qatari human rights defender Abdullah Al-Maliki, organised a peaceful gathering in the popular Marienplatz square in Munich, Germany; Court issues sentences against lawyer Dr. Hazzaa bin Ali Abu Shraydeh Al-Marri and his brother in relation to his declaration of support for the August 2021 protests on social media.

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The Qatari Authorities Target Peaceful Human Rights Defenders at Home and Abroad