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Pandemic in Brazil aggravates democratic backslide

Even as coronavirus cases increased in Brazil, President Bolsonaro and government authorities encouraged and attended pro-government demonstrations between April and July 2020. In many cases, protests by government supporters turned anti-democratic, with signs calling for a military coup, the closure of the National Congress and the dissolution of the Federal Supreme Court. Read more

Pandemic in Brazil aggravates democratic backslide

Indigenous defender killed and others threatened and attacked in Guatemala

On 15th June 2020, Indigenous land defender Medardo Alonzo Lucero was found dead with signs of torture in Olopa, Chiquimula department. Read more

Indigenous defender killed and others threatened and attacked in Guatemala

Residents protest mining activities, CSOs denounce xenophobia amid Coronavirus outbreak

Peaceful assembly affected by state of emergency amid Covid 19 outbreak; Residents of Shukruti village protest against the activities of mining company Georgian Manganese LLC; CSOs denounce hate speech and xenophobia amid Coronavirus outbreak Read more

Residents protest mining activities, CSOs denounce xenophobia amid Coronavirus outbreak

HRD sentenced to five years in prison, six journalists handed down hefty fines

On 12th March 2020, the court of Toumodi sentenced human rights defender and journalism student Konan Yao Hubert to a prison sentence of five years and a fine of three million CFA francs (4,940 USD) on the charges of 'incitement and disturbance of public order' and 'assault and battery of gendarmes on duty'. Read more  |  Read in French

HRD sentenced to five years in prison, six journalists handed down hefty fines

Peru: Awajun leader killed as community resists mining in their territory

On 10th and 11th February 2020, members of Peru’s Awajun and Wampis communities protested outside the main offices of the Amazonas regional government to denounce alleged action by the government to enable mining in their territories. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Peru: Awajun leader killed as community resists mining in their territory

Terrorism law bulldozed through NZ parliament despite human rights concerns

A terrorism law was passed in December 2019 after three days in parliament despite concerns from human rights groups and the law society. The occupation of a site of a major indigenous land dispute in Auckland has continued despite the pandemic lockdown. Activists boarded an oil rig to protest the climate crisis while far-rights groups are still active in the country. Read more

Terrorism law bulldozed through NZ parliament despite human rights concerns

Canada: Natural gas pipeline project on Wet’suwet’en territory sparks national protests

Throughout February 2020, Indigenous-rights and environmental activists participated in country-wide demonstrations and set up blockades on major rail lines to challenge a natural gas pipeline project in British Colombia. Read more  |  Read in French

Canada: Natural gas pipeline project on Wet’suwet’en territory sparks national protests

Threats of investigating civil society groups in the Solomons is affecting their work

The lack of information around the threats by the authorities to investigate civil society groups is affecting their work. Communities opposing an open-cast bauxite mine on Wagina island are waiting for a minister’s decision on the matter. A rally against corruption was held while Solomons dropped two points in the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index Read more

Threats of investigating civil society groups in the Solomons is affecting their work