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Pro-democracy activist Makomborero Haruzivishe released on bail after months in detention

Marange residents arrested for peaceful protests; Trial of pro-democracy activists begin; Freedom fighters arrested for demanding increased pension earnings; Activist freed after two months in prison; Continued imprisonment of pro-democracy activist raises concern; Police officer arrested for free speech Read more

Pro-democracy activist Makomborero Haruzivishe released on bail after months in detention

Guatemala: concern over killings, criminalisation and harassment of HRDs

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, anti-mining protests led by Indigenous peoples in El Estor, Izabal department, were met with police repression and a state of siege in October 2021. In December 2021, the Energy and Mining Ministry excluded Maya Q’eqchi’ Ancestral Council leaders from a community consultation on the Fénix nickel mining project. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Guatemala: concern over killings, criminalisation and harassment of HRDs

Canada: Indigenous defenders and journalists arrested in raid of protest camp

On 17th and 18th November 2021, new contingents of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers arrived in Wet’suwet’en territory in northern British Columbia, where Gidimt’en clan protesters were blocking an access road used by Coastal GasLink pipeline workers. On 19th November 2021, the RCMP raided the protest camp and began to arrest members of the Indigenous community. Read more

Canada: Indigenous defenders and journalists arrested in raid of protest camp

Dominican Republic: protests for Haitian migrants, women and LGBTQIA+ rights

As previously reported by the CIVICUS Monitor, the new Penal Code in discussion by lawmakers generated concern by civil society groups defending women’s rights and LGBTQIA+ rights. The legislation would continue to criminalise abortion in most situations and does not establish protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more

Dominican Republic: protests for Haitian migrants, women and LGBTQIA+ rights

2021: a bad year for freedom of expression in Mozambique amid human rights crisis in Cabo Delgado

Several journalists were physically assaulted and intimidated in the past year, with some briefly detained, as documented by press freedom organisations Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), MISA Moçambique (Instituto para a Comunicação Social da África Austral – Moçambique) and Forum of Community Radios (FORCOM - Fórum de Rádios Comunitárias). Read more

2021: a bad year for freedom of expression in Mozambique amid human rights crisis in Cabo Delgado

Social and political divisions lead to tension in Bolivia

In early September 2021, human rights defender Franco Albarracin was threatened with prosecution by ruling party militants speaking on a radio programme. Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) supporters have accused Albarracin of participating in the political crisis which led to former president Evo Morales’ resignation after contested elections in 2019. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Social and political divisions lead to tension in Bolivia

Ecuador: state of emergency amid rising crime

On 18th October 2021, President Guillermo Lasso decreed a state of emergency for 60 days to confront rising crime and violence in Ecuador, saying the military and police would take to the streets to provide security. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Ecuador: state of emergency amid rising crime

Arrests and fines for environmental activists after civil disobedience acts

On 23rd August 2021, 17 activists from the environmental group Extinction Rebellion occupied the entrance to Norway's Petroleum and Energy Ministry in Oslo for more than five hours. The blockade ended with police arresting 19 activists, with another 29 people arrested on the same day for blocking one of the main roads in the Norwegian capital. Read more

Arrests and fines for environmental activists after civil disobedience acts

USA: Penalties for protesters increasing

Several lawmakers and activists were arrested while protesting for voting rights in Washington D.C. in July 2021. The arrests took place during demonstrations calling on the Senate to pass the For the People Act, Democrats’ election reform bill, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Read more

USA: Penalties for protesters increasing