Monday 4.11.2019 Namibia - Latest Developments
Namibians hold separate protests on various socio-economic issues including employment, police brutality, land and housing, mining and environmental protection Read more
Tuesday 22.10.2019 Peru - Latest Developments
On 30th September 2019, President Martín Vizcarra dissolved Congress, Peru’s parliament, plunging Peru into a constitutional crisis. Vizcarra’s move came after the opposition-controlled Congress begn voting on new magistrates for the country’s Constitutional Court, bypassing a government proposal to reform rules for the Court’s election procedure. In a televised address, Vizcarra argued that the drastic measure was a last resort to force parliamentary elections, which have been repeatedly blocked by the legislature.
This update also covers a number of developments, including the violent repression of protests against copper mine Tía María, the detention of key union leaders during a miners protest and the proposal of a punitive defamation law. Read more
Thursday 10.10.2019 Mongolia - Latest Developments
Two individuals convicted for the 1998 assassination of a pro-democracy activist and former parliamentarian were tortured while in custody to confess. In April-May 2019, the UNSpecial Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders visited Mongolia and received reports about cases of discrimination, intimidation, harassment, stigmatisation and accusations against human rights defenders Read more
Tuesday 10.9.2019 India - Latest Developments
Human rights defenders, particularly environmental and Right to Information (RTI) activists and journalists, continue to be targeted by state and non-state actors for exposing abuses. Read more
Thursday 29.8.2019 Australia - Latest Developments
Freedoms at risk in Australia with media raids, silencing of whistleblowers and arrest of protesters
In the last few months, press freedom has come under attack with raids by the authorities on the media for their reporting on government actions. Two whistleblowers who exposed government spying are facing prosecution while climate change protesters have been arrested and charged for their activism. Read more
Monday 19.8.2019 Canada - Latest Developments
In early July 2019, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) released a trove of documents, known as the Protest Papers, indicating that Canada's intelligence apparatus coordinated with energy companies to spy on several groups engaged in peaceful advocacy and protest. In the period covered by this update, several protests have also taken place in defense of environmental causes, LGBTQ and religious rights, and in solidarity with Hong Kong demonstrations. Journalist Ben Makuch handed over to the police all his communications with a source, after years of court battles.
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Friday 16.8.2019 Myanmar - Latest Developments
In recent months there has been a sustained attack on civic freedoms including an internet blackout in Rakhine and Chin State while military critics, journalists and peaceful protesters continue to be arrested or charged. Read more
Monday 1.7.2019 Papua New Guinea - Latest Developments
In recent months, civil society has reported the ongoing threats against human rights defenders, proposals to regulate social media by the government and protests by refugees on Manus island as they situation there deteriorates. Read more
Thursday 27.6.2019 Senegal - Latest Developments
On 14th June 2019, anti-riot police prevented a protest from taking place in Dakar. The protest, organised by the platform Aar Li Nu Bokk (preserving our common good), aimed at demanding transparency in granting contracts for the exploitation of oil and gas reserves. The protest was banned hours before the protest by the prefect of Dakar citing the grounds of 'real threats to disturb public order', 'incitement to violence through irreverent remarks' and 'risks of infiltration of ill-disposed individuals'. Some protesters were arrested as they attempted to access the place of the planned protest, defying the ban. Read more | Read in French
Monday 10.6.2019 Mexico - Latest Developments
On 2 May 2019, Telésforo Santiago Enríquez, a journalist and advocate for indigenous people’s rights, was shot and killed in Oaxaca. On 16 May 2019, the body of an independent journalist enrolled in the government's protection programme for journalists was found outside of a bar in Playa del Carmen. Attacks against 5 other journalists were documented in this period.
On 29 April 2019, the Mexican Senate approved a labour reform law that, among other things, aims to provide more control to workers over collective bargaining contracts. Meanwhile, thousands of people took to the streets to protest the current government. Read more