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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

Cuban authorities harassing journalists and activists to force them to renounce their work

On 9th September 2022, human rights defender Raúl Soublett López announced the decision to shut down the Afro-Cuban Alliance, a project focused on LGBTQIA+ rights and racial justice. The activist also publicly renounced any socio-political activism, saying he would concentrate on his physical and mental health. Read more

Cuban authorities harassing journalists and activists to force them to renounce their work

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

Concerns about free expression in South Korea with security law, restrictions on press freedom and anti-North activism

In recent months, there has been a legal challenge to the National Security Act, which is vague and overbroad and has been used to criminalise positive comments made about North Korea. Journalists have been blocked by the President, who has also cut funding to a critical media outlet. The police have continued to block the launch of anti-North Korean balloons on the border. Protests against the authorities were carried out with any restrictions reported. Read more

Concerns about free expression in South Korea with security law, restrictions on press freedom and anti-North activism

Protests escalate in Afghanistan as frustration with Taliban rule and abuses grow

In recent months, protests by women activists have been met by restrictions and violence as well as arrests, torture and ill-treatment. Media outlets have been banned and journalists covering protests restricted. Books and social media apps are being banned while political parties have effectively been banned. Read more

Protests escalate in Afghanistan as frustration with Taliban rule and abuses grow

Palestinian activists face lawsuit and ban; climate activists threatened with SLAPPs

In December 2021, after long and intense protests by climate organisations and scientists, the ‘Lobautunnel’ project was put on hold by climate and transport minister Eleonore Gewessler. Nonetheless, the Municipality of Vienna threatened to initiate court proceedings against individual protesters - some of them minors - scientists and civil society organisations involved in the demonstrations against ‘Lobautunnel’. Separately, a member of BDS Austria is being sued for defamation by the municipality of Vienna over a social media post. This case sheds light on the underlying hostile context for Palestinian rights advocates in Austria, Read more

Palestinian activists face lawsuit and ban; climate activists threatened with SLAPPs

Dominican Republic: anti-colonial demonstration attacked by ultra-nationalist group

On 27th July 2022, medical professionals protested in Santo Domingo to demand improvements in the country’s healthcare system. The peaceful protest organised by the Dominican Medical Association (Colegio Médico Dominicano - CMD) was joined by about 200 people, who marched from a maternity hospital toward the National Palace. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Dominican Republic: anti-colonial demonstration attacked by ultra-nationalist group

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