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Judicial harassment of FNDC activists; 6 people killed in protest against COVID-19 police roadblocks

On 17th July 2020 - three days before a planned FNDC protest (see under Peaceful Assembly) - armed and hooded police officers arrived at the residence of Ibrahima Diallo, coordinator of Tournons la Page Guinea and in charge of operations for FNDC. As Diallo was not at home, officers left a summons with his wife, calling for Diallo to present himself to the Central Direction of the Judicial Police for 'disturbance to the State'. Read more

Judicial harassment of FNDC activists; 6 people killed in protest against COVID-19 police roadblocks

Activists denounce police excesses in enforcing COVID-19 restrictions

human rights activists protest killings by Kenyan police officers while enforcing virus-related restrictions and also accused officers of using the situation to extort bribes; at least a dozen officers had been interdicted after public uproar over police brutality in curfew enforcement; Hundreds protest over demolitions in Nairobi's Kariobangi poor informal settlement; Blogger Robert Alai arrested over COVID-19 post Read more

Activists denounce police excesses in enforcing COVID-19 restrictions

Popular Protests: Demonstrators, journalists and human rights defenders killed, attacked & silenced

Protesters continue with the popular protests which began in October 2019 calling for an end to corruption and improved social services. Protesters face attacks, violent dispersal and arrests, as activists are assassinated and attacked for participating in protests, and for supporting the movement on social media Read more

Popular Protests: Demonstrators, journalists and human rights defenders killed, attacked & silenced

Enforced disappearance during Guadalajara protest and two journalists at severe risk

In the beginning of June 2020, hundreds of people joined protests against police brutality and demanded justice for Giovanni López, a man who was detained and died the next day from a head injury. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Enforced disappearance during Guadalajara protest and two journalists at severe risk

Bolivian Ombudsperson accused of political bias by government

On 13th July 2020, Bolivia’s interim government published a statement claiming Ombudsperson Nadia Cruz was occupying this office illegally and that, as a result, they would not recognise any actions undertaken by her after April 2019. Read more

Bolivian Ombudsperson accused of political bias by government

New laws pose a threat to NGO’s working on asylum issues and restrict the right to protest

During the first half of 2020, several laws which seek to further curtail NGOs working in areas of asylum, migration and social inclusion were introduced by the Greek government. The regulations make provision for an NGO registry which contains details on the organisation, members, employees and associates. Several civil society organisations, international organisations and legal experts believe that the law is yet another politicised attempt to curtail asylum. In addition to the above, the Greek Minister for Immigration and Asylum in April 2020 introduced a bill titled “Improvement of Migration Law” which makes provision for the systematic detention of asylum seekers whose appeals have been rejected. In addition, it allows the substitution of open refugee camps on the islands with ‘closed controlled centres’. In another concerning development, the Greek parliment passed a law which seeks to restrict the right to protest. Following this, ten thousand people gathered outside parliament, with banners stating, “hands off demonstrations”. Read more

New laws pose a threat to NGO’s working on asylum issues and restrict the right to protest

Excessive police force used against citizens, journalists during anti-government COVID-19 protests

Following the announcement of the re-introduction of a curfew due to the worsening COVID-19 epidemiological situation announced by President Aleksandar Vučić, citizens spontaneously gathered in front of the National Assembly building on 7th July 2020 in Belgrade to express dissatisfaction with the new ban. Protests, which continued over a number of days around the country, saw police using excessive force, through the use of batons, rubber bullets, tear gas, cavalry and police dogs against protesters. Several cases police using excessive violence against protesters were documented on the ground. Journalists who covered the protests also faced physical attacks from the police despite identifying themselves as from the media. Despite many cases of excessive force being documented, the government has stated that such force, like the use of tear gas, was neccessary. Read more

Excessive police force used against citizens, journalists during anti-government COVID-19 protests

Militarised police continue to use excessive force against protesters

Massive protests to condemn police brutality, overwhelmingly peaceful, have continued across the U.S. Enduring pressure from demonstrations has brought important results, including charges brought against officers involved in George Floyd’s killing and commitment to reforming police practices from some authorities. Read more

Militarised police continue to use excessive force against protesters

Chilean police forces repress protests with COVID-19 regulations

On 18th March 2020, the Chilean government issued a decree that established an exceptional “state of catastrophe” for three months due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The legislation also allowed the president to take further measures such as restrictions on gatherings in public spaces and individuals’ movement, quarantines or curfews. Read more

Chilean police forces repress protests with COVID-19 regulations

Protests repressed and disinformation legislation revoked in Bolivia

At the beginning of June 2020, Bolivia began easing quarantine measures and lifting some restrictions on movement. Local governments were allowed to establish additional measures according to the public health situation in their regions. Read more

Protests repressed and disinformation legislation revoked in Bolivia