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Honduras: Two human rights defenders, Pablo Isabel Hernández Rivera and Thalía Rodríguez, killed

Trans human rights defender Thalía Rodríguez was murdered in her house in Tegucigalpa on 10th January 2022. According to Reportar Sin Miedo, two assailants entered her home and shot her multiple times. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Honduras: Two human rights defenders, Pablo Isabel Hernández Rivera and Thalía Rodríguez, killed

Brazil: environmental and land defenders killed, journalists attacked and pandemic data blackout

In early January 2022, three environmental defenders of the same family were found dead in São Felix do Xingu, south of the state of Pará. José Gomes, known as Zé do Lago, Márcia Nunes Lisboa and their teenage daughter Joene Nunes Lisboa were executed with multiple gunshots and their bodies were found near their home. Read more

Brazil: environmental and land defenders killed, journalists attacked and pandemic data blackout

Mass protests against increasing insecurity; authorities shut down mobile internet

On 27th November 2021, anti-riot police attempted to disperse, including through the use of tear gas, a protest against increasing insecurity, caused by terrorist attacks, and the "incapacity " of the administration of president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré to deal with this violence, in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou. Police were massively deployed in the capital to prevent the protesters from gathering at the Place de la Nation. Following the police action, protesters erected barricades and burned tyres in several neighbourhoods of the city, leading to confrontations with security forces. Read more  |  Read in French

Mass protests against increasing insecurity; authorities shut down mobile internet

Wakit Tama continues to protest, military authorities continue to restrict the right to protest

Wakit Tama, a coalition of opposition and civil society, continued to protest against the Transitional Military Council's governance. On 11th December 2021, after several postponements due to bans issued by authorities, Wakit Tama protested in N'Djamena, gathering a thousand people according to media sources. The protesters demanded a more inclusive transition and a revision of the transitional charter. Read more  |  Read in French

Wakit Tama continues to protest, military authorities continue to restrict the right to protest

Peaceful Assembly under attack: Policing bill proposes up to 51 weeks’ jail time for protesting

In September 2021, the UK was added to the CIVICUS Monitor Watchlist due to a rapid decline in civic freedoms. Major concerns have been raised on the Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which proposes to give police more power to crack down on protests and will have serious repercussions for minority groups, including Gypsy and Traveller communities and people of colour. Several other legislative developments, such as proposed changes to the Human Rights Act, the New Elections Bill and the Judicial Review and Courts Bill, threaten fundamental rights and democratic checks and balances, which aim to hold the government accountable. During this reporting period the government continued its attack on fundamental rights by continuing to push through restrictive legislative reforms, despite concerns raised. Additionally, new additions to the Policing Bill are a “staggering attack” on the right to peaceful assembly. Read more

Peaceful Assembly under attack: Policing bill proposes up to 51 weeks’ jail time for protesting

Government cements further power over media; effects of anti-LGBTQI law seen

There have been concerning developments on media freedom. In October 2021), Mónika Karas, President of the National Media and Communications Authority (NHHH) and its Media Council resigned from her position. Karas was appointed in 2013 for a nine-year term. Under Karas’s leadership, the regulatory bodies have contributed to systematic declines in media freedom and the steady silencing of critical voices. . Karas’s early resignation opened the door for the ruling populist right-wing Fidesz party to decide on a new president for the next nine years before the upcoming general elections, thereby consolidating their power over a strategically important territory. There have been further concerning developments on LGBTQI+ rights. Several conquences have been documented as a result of the new anti-LGBTQI+ law: such as the censoring of a LGBTQI+ film and book. Additionally, the law has had a chilling effect: CSO's working on human rights have been denied access to schools while teachers and psychologists have to self-censor. Read more

Government cements further power over media; effects of anti-LGBTQI law seen

Crackdown on protests after military coup

Since the 25th October military coup, multiple demonstrations took place in the country demanding the military government step back and allow a peaceful transition to civilian rule.

Security forces have repeatedly used teargas, rubber bullets and live ammunition to disperse protesters. According to the Sudanese Doctors’ Committee, at least 40 people have been killed during demonstrations in the capital Khartoum since the protests started.
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Crackdown on protests after military coup

Facebook blocked amid ethnic clashes, HRD nominated for award

Government blocks Facebook temporarily following clashes in several parts of Djibouti’s capital city; The Index on Censorship nominated Kadar Abdi Ibrahim, the former co-director and chief editor of L'Aurore, Djibouti's only privately-owned media outlet, for its annual freedom of expression awards. Read more

Facebook blocked amid ethnic clashes, HRD nominated for award

Declining civic freedoms as teachers’ union continuously targeted; internet freedom restricted

As previously reported, the Jordanian Teachers Syndicate (JTS), the country’s largest union, faced repressions after it was dissolved, with the closure of its headquarters for two years. The union has responded by staging protests, including hunger strikes. In November 2021, the governor of the capital Amman prevented the JTS from holding a press conference that was meant to discuss several issues. Additionally, activists from the union have faced ongoing intimidation, harassment and arbitrarily detentions. Freedom of expression is also under threat, with internet freedoms severely restricted in the country. Authorities have limited access to information through blocking the internet, including social media, when there are politically sensitive developments and issuing gagging orders. Read more

Declining civic freedoms as teachers’ union continuously targeted; internet freedom restricted

International Criminal Court opens investigation on crimes against humanity in Venezuela

On 4th November 2021, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced the opening of a formal investigation into allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings committed by Venezuelan security forces under President Nicolás Maduro. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

International Criminal Court opens investigation on crimes against humanity in Venezuela