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Demonstration for asylum seeker rights, as the government fails to deal with refugee reception crisis

On 24th December 2022, around 300 people participated in the protest initiated by the CRACPE (Collective of Resistance to the centres for foreigners) in front of the closed centre of Vottem (Liège) to condemn Belgium's unfair asylum and immigration policies. Belgium has a long record of human rights violations in connection with the treatment of asylum seekers and disregard of court orders which call the country to change its course. At the end of December, five human rights institutions as well as the Commissioner for Human Rights published a joint statement in which they called on the federal government to put an end to the ongoing reception crisis and to respect the international obligations in the field of asylum. Separately, several journalists were attacked while covering the soccer World Cup matches. Read more

 Demonstration for asylum seeker rights, as the government fails to deal with refugee reception crisis

EU lawmakers raise concerns during Pegasus spyware hearing; journalists arrested and charged for covering climate action

As European lawmakers investigate the use of spyware in the European Union, Spain is proving to be the most difficult country to probe in the investigation. At least 65 people have been victims of state surveillance, including Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Defence Minister Margarita Robles. In Spain, the Pegasus spyware scandal has been called ‘Catalangate’ as the majority of the people targeted by the spyware in Spain were from Catalonia and were involved in the campaign for the independence of Catalonia. On 6th November 2022, journalist Joanna Giménez and a photojournalist were arrested as they attempted to cover a protest by environmental activists at the Prado Museum in Madrid. Read more

EU lawmakers raise concerns during Pegasus spyware hearing; journalists arrested and charged for covering climate action

Journalists and activists continue to be given long jail sentences on fabricated charges nearly two years on from the illegal coup

Since September 2022, the arrest and imprisonment of journalists by the junta has persisted while media outlets have been banned. The junta has issued an order for SIM card registration to track resistance activities while more than 800 people have been arrested for social media posts critical of the junta or in support of the resistance forces. The junta has continued to criminalise medics, students, activists, religious leaders and opposition politicians. The jailing of protesters has also persisted. Read more

Journalists and activists continue to be given long jail sentences on fabricated charges nearly two years on from the illegal coup

Authorities in Pakistan continue harassment of journalists, persecution of activists and stifling of protests

Civil society has documented the criminalisation of journalists for their reporting and the ongoing persecution of human rights defenders. Further, the authorities have continued to arrest and use excessive force against opposition protests as well as around the Gwadar port protests. Read more

Authorities in Pakistan continue harassment of journalists, persecution of activists and stifling of protests

Mass protests over fuel prices erupt across the country

In December, mass strikes by public transport drivers including truck drivers erupted, calling for a reduction in fuel prices and the removal of government taxes. The initial strike began on 5th December 2022 in Maan and spread to other parts of the country, where some protests turned violent. Amid the protests, the social media platform Tik Tok was banned by the government. Read more

Mass protests over fuel prices erupt across the country

Mexico: women defenders and the families of disappeared persons targeted

On 6th November 2022, woman human rights defender María Carmela Vázquez Ramírez was shot and killed in Abasolo, Guanajuato. Carmela Vázquez was a member of the Colectivo Personas Desaparecidas in Pénjamo (Collective of Missing Persons in Pénjamo) and was looking for her son Óscar Zuñiga Vázquez, who had disappeared on 14th June 2022. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Mexico: women defenders and the families of disappeared persons targeted

Anti-war solidarity protests continue abroad

Ukraine to limit activities of religious organisations affiliated with Russia ; Anti-War protests continue across Europe; Read more

Anti-war solidarity protests continue abroad

One year after the coup, civic space violations continue unabated

A year after the coup, pro-democracy protests have continued. These protests have been met with excessive force and detentions, including sexual violence against women protesters. Internet shutdowns have taken place on several occasions. Meanwhile, journalists reporting on the aftermath of the coup have faced violations. Read more

One year after the coup, civic space violations continue unabated

Haitian journalists faced with spiralling violence

Insecurity and violence continued to affect the daily lives of press workers in Haiti, some of whom reported facing attacks not only from criminal gangs but also from Haitian security forces. The situation led international organisations such as Reporters Without Borders (RSF) to call for urgent measures to ensure that media personnel are able to work safely without being targeted. Read more  |  Read in French

Haitian journalists faced with spiralling violence

Israeli occupation forces raid, damage and seal offices of several CSOs; Jerusalem born French-Palestinian lawyer exiled to France

On the morning of 18th August 2022, the Israeli occupying forces (IOF) entered, raided and sealed the entrances to the offices of seven CSOs, damaging and confiscating property while doing so. Following the raid, IOF attached a new door to the organisation’s offices and welded it shut to prevent any future access, attaching a military order announcing the association’s closure under Article 319 of the Emergency Regulations, of 1945.On 18th December 2022, Israeli occupation authorities unlawfully and forcibly deported Jerusalem born French-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hammouri, exiling him to France. This comes after Israel’s Supreme Court rejected Hammouri’s appeal against the revocation of his right of residence in Jerusalem on 29th November 2022. Additionally, several HRDs and journalists were targeted Read more

Israeli occupation forces raid, damage and seal offices of several CSOs; Jerusalem born French-Palestinian lawyer exiled to France