labour rights

Serious abuses in North Korean camps documented by NGOs while radio broadcasts jammed

In recent months abuses continue to be documented including the jamming of radio broadcasts by a South Korean non-profit human rights organisation and a new detention camp for violators of COVID-19 quarantine rules. Human rights groups also reported satellite evidence of North Korean death camps located just 30 miles south of the capital Pyongyang and systematic torture, dangerous and unhygienic conditions and unpaid forced labour in pretrial detention Read more

Serious abuses in North Korean camps documented by NGOs while radio broadcasts jammed

Media outlets and journalists face a wave of SLAPP suits and hateful attacks

Several protests were staged in relation to the governments COVID-19 response which included protests by restaurant and cafe owners as well as for medium sized businesses. In a concerning development, the Croatian Journalists’ Association (HND) warned of an upcoming wave of lawsuits against journalists and media workers filed by high-ranking politicians and public personalities. Sites such as Telegram, Index.hr and Virovitica.net are facing several SLAPP suits. In addition, Croatian journalist Anja Kožul was subject to a hate campaign. Read more

Media outlets and journalists face a wave of SLAPP suits and hateful attacks

Canada: protests against COVID-19 restrictions as country struggles with new wave of infections

On 7th November 2020, about 2,000 people demonstrated in Aylmer, Ontario, to express their opposition to facial coverings and social distancing rules implemented by the provincial and federal governments in response to COVID-19. Read more

Canada: protests against COVID-19 restrictions as country struggles with new wave of infections

Authorities fail to protect anti-racism protesters; climate protests staged

Demonstrations by anti-racism group ‘Kick Out Zwarte Piet (KOZP)’, who protested against the tradition of Black Pete (so called Black Face), have been met by large counter protests in several Dutch cities. However authorites failed to ensure the safety of KOZP members from counter protesters. Several climate protests were staged including one at Schiphol Airport where protesters blocked both entrances by forming human chains, glueing their hands to the ground and to the revolving glass doors at the entrance. Fourteen protesters were detained by police.
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Authorities fail to protect anti-racism protesters; climate protests staged

Several protests staged amid restrictions on assembly due to COVID-19

The Croatian Constitutional Court defended its choice not to review the constitutionality of laws passed that limited civic freedoms as part of COVID-19 pandemic measures. The Court claimed that the government had acted within its rights and with the intention of preventing the spread of the virus. Several protests took place during the reporting period including the annual Zagreb Pride March, protests over labour rights and against COVID-19 measures. In a separate development, COVID-19 continues to impact the media industry in Croatia. The Journalists’ Union of Croatia has pointed out that employers in the media sector are using COVID-19 as a justification to reduce the rights of media workers and journalists.

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Several protests staged amid restrictions on assembly due to COVID-19

Nurses, climate activists and other solidarity groups hold protests amid the pandemic

Over the last few months there have been protests against the coronavirus lockdown, in solidarity with Nigerian protesters, by nurses over equal pay and against plans for a proposed airport in Central Otago. Read more

Nurses, climate activists and other solidarity groups hold protests amid the pandemic

Journalist verbally attacked by the President; poor quality of information promotes fake news

An NGO that provides support for all gender identities in Albania, has said that the COVID-19 circumstances have worsened conditions of the LGBTI community. In addition, Pink Embassy, an NGO working to protect and advance the rights of the LGBTI community in Albania, called on the government to allow for all LGBTI people to be able get married and adopt children. Several protests were staged during the reporting period including by prisoners and oil workers who went on a hunger strike and by university students. Fact-checker, Faktoje has found that the poor quality of information in Albania has led to the spread of fake news, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several incidents took place againt journalists, including verbal attacks by the President. Read more

Journalist verbally attacked by the President; poor quality of information promotes fake news

Airline forbids unionisation leading to protest

Norway’s Pilot Association and the Cabin Association unions are concerned over the working conditions at budget airline Wizz Air. Oddbjørn Holsether, leader of the Pilot Association, says that Wizz Air forbids its employees from organising in a union, violating their right to freedom of association. Trade unions have launched actions at several airports throughout the country to inform travellers of the consequences of flying with low-budget airlines. In addition, around 100 Norwegian Air staff wearing company uniform protested in front of the parliament building in Oslo to demand more state support.
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Airline forbids unionisation leading to protest

Military coup following mass anti-government protests, women protest against gender-based violence

Following mass anti-government protests from June 2020, military officers under the banner of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (NCSP) toppled the government in a military coup on 18th August 2020 and arrested president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and prime minister Boubou Cissé, along with other officials Read more

Military coup following mass anti-government protests, women protest against gender-based violence