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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

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

Deadly year for journalists in Mexico

On 11th August 2022, four employees of Switch 105.9 FM, Alan González, Alejandro Arriaga, Armando Guerrero and Andrés Flores, were shot and killed amid a wave of violent crimes in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Read more

Deadly year for journalists in Mexico

Argentina: Journalists harassed and threatened

On 6th May 2022, three journalists working in Rosario, Santa Fe were threatened by a member of a criminal network linked to narcotrafficking. Lorena Verdún, widow of the former leader of the network Los Monos, wrote a letter accusing journalists of being responsible for deaths and corruption in the city. Read more

Argentina: Journalists harassed and threatened

Civil society outlawed in practice by Nicaragua’s authorities

Nicaragua’s authorities continue to use money laundering legislation, the Foreign Agents law and other restrictive laws to crack down on civil society, in an effort to dismantle civic participation spaces that are not controlled by the government. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Civil society outlawed in practice by Nicaragua’s authorities

Attempts to silence HRDs through arrests and imprisonment

During this period, the government continued to crackdown on dissent via social media. On 23rd March 2022, blogger and human rights defender Saida al-Alami was arrested by Moroccan authorities over her social media criticism of the Moroccan government and security services. She was sentenced by the Casablanca Court of First Instance to two years in prison. In addition, those who showed support for Al-Alami also faced restrictions. In another concerning developments, Amnesty International revealed that human rights defender Aminatou Haidar has been hacked by Pegasus spyware. Separately, five Sahrawi women activists were brutally targeted by Moroccan authorities while on their way to participate in a protest which called for Sahrawi self-determination and expressed public support for Sultana Khaya, a prominent Sahrawi activist.

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Attempts to silence HRDs through arrests and imprisonment

Crackdown and arrests reported by the Fact-Finding Mission

A report published by the Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Libya in March 2022 cites multiple violations affecting the transition to democracy and the integrity of the electoral process in Libya, including the intimidation and harassment of activists, attacks on the judiciary as a protector of human rights, and mass violations affecting vulnerable groups including migrants, women, peace activists and detainees.
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Crackdown and arrests reported by the Fact-Finding Mission

Nicaragua: prosecution and conviction of several political prisoners

In January and February 2022, Nicaraguan authorities resumed the prosecution of political prisoners, holding “express” trials marred by procedural irregularities. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Nicaragua: prosecution and conviction of several political prisoners

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

Closure of 45 civil society organisations within one month in Nicaragua

As reported in the CIVICUS Monitor in previous updates, an unprecedented crackdown against civil society and political opposition has been ongoing in Nicaragua since the end of May 2021. Dozens of human rights defenders and members of the political opposition have been arrested on trumped-up charges. Business leaders, journalists and former allies of President Ortega have also been targeted. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Closure of 45 civil society organisations within one month in Nicaragua