extractive industries

Environmental rights protests against Russian Fossil Fuels and local mining projects

Several protests for environmental rights took place during this period including the first Fridays for Future strike since the pandemic, a protest against imports of Russian fossil fuels and a protest to halt mining construction. Read more

Environmental rights protests against Russian Fossil Fuels and local mining projects

El Salvador: human rights defenders arbitrarily detained during state of emergency

On 24th April 2022, El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly extended the state of emergency for another 30 days, following a request from President Nayib Bukele.

Since a state of emergency was established to address gang-related violence, about 16,000 people were detained for alleged connections with criminal groups. Amid the crackdown, there have been reports of arbitrary detentions and police officers being made to fulfil arrest quotas, encouraging further due process violations. Human rights groups and journalists speaking out about abuses have faced stigmatisation and public vilification.
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El Salvador: human rights defenders arbitrarily detained during state of emergency

Brazil: shocking violence on HRDs and journalists continues

On 10th February 2022, nine-year-old Jonatas de Oliveira dos Santos was shot and killed in an attack in Engenho Roncadorzinho, a community in the town of Barreiros, Pernambuco state. According to the local police, the boy was killed in retaliation against his father, Geovane da Silva Santos, a community leader and president of the local smallholder farmers’ association. Read more

Brazil: shocking violence on HRDs and journalists continues

RSF index signals decline in press freedom as journalists continue to come under attack

In its World Press Freedom Index, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) once again noted a decline in press freedom in Germany, which dropped from 13th place to 16th, attributing this to the ongoing attacks on journalists. For example, during the reporting period, journalists from the photo and video documentation platform La Vue Critique were the target of multiple episodes of violence and harassment by Querdenker and Neonazi protesters. Read more

RSF index signals decline in press freedom as journalists continue to come under attack

Peru: protests over price rises and violence against human rights defenders

On 3rd December 2021, Indigenous Asháninka leader Lucio Pascual Yumanga was found dead with gunshot wounds in the Puerto Bermúdez district, Pasco department. Rising fuel, fertilizer and food costs led transport workers to call for a strike in late March 2022, in protests that soon spread throughout Peru. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Peru: protests over price rises and violence against human rights defenders

Honduras: Guapinol water defenders released after trial annulled by Supreme Court

On 27th January 2022, Xiomara Castro of the Libre party was sworn in as Honduras’ president. She took office amid a dispute with dissidents in her own party, who rebelled against her preferred choice for Congress leadership. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Honduras: Guapinol water defenders released after trial annulled by Supreme Court

Guatemala: surveillance of journalists and reprisals against anti-corruption officials

On 10th February 2022, Leysi Indira Santizo Rodas, lawyer and former representative of the UN’s International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), was arrested by agents from the Attorney General’s Office. The lawyer was accused of obstruction of justice, in the latest case of reprisals against members of the anti-corruption effort. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Guatemala: surveillance of journalists and reprisals against anti-corruption officials

Protesters in Argentina take to the streets against IMF and large-scale mining

On 24th September 2021, police in Neuquén evicted a Mapuche Lof Quemquemtreu community from territory they had occupied near El Bolsón, Río Negro province. About 30 Indigenous people, who are in the process of reclaiming ancestral territory, were violently evicted by police using disproportionate force – including rubber bullets and firearms. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Protesters in Argentina take to the streets against IMF and large-scale mining

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