HRD threatened

Social and political divisions lead to tension in Bolivia

In early September 2021, human rights defender Franco Albarracin was threatened with prosecution by ruling party militants speaking on a radio programme. Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) supporters have accused Albarracin of participating in the political crisis which led to former president Evo Morales’ resignation after contested elections in 2019. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Social and political divisions lead to tension in Bolivia

Ecuador: state of emergency amid rising crime

On 18th October 2021, President Guillermo Lasso decreed a state of emergency for 60 days to confront rising crime and violence in Ecuador, saying the military and police would take to the streets to provide security. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Ecuador: state of emergency amid rising crime

Police excesses during protests a worrying trend, company in spotlight for using SLAPP

Kakuzi PLC, a Kenyan agricultural company with a UK parent company, sued two human rights organisations - the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and Ndula Resource Centre (NRC) over their advocacy work with local communities; environmental activist shot dead; Several police shootings reported during various protests; several journalists attacked, arrested and detained in separate incidents. Read more

Police excesses during protests a worrying trend, company in spotlight for using SLAPP

Onslaught on journalists unrelenting

Several journalists arrested, detained and attacked, peaceful protest disrupted by police Read more

Onslaught on journalists unrelenting

Peaceful march prohibited by Cuban authorities while its supporters face harassment

In September 2021, activist group Archipiélago announced they would organise a peaceful “Marcha Cívica por el Cambio” (“Civic March for Change”) in Havana, initially scheduled for 20th November 2021. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Peaceful march prohibited by Cuban authorities while its supporters face harassment

Police protection for WHRD after escalating threats; press freedom concerns at Poland/Belarus border

On 7th October 2021, the government controlled Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the Polish constitution trumps EU law, sparking concerns of a “Polexit” (Poland's exit from the EU). The decisions led to massive Pro-EU protests being staged in Poland. The authorities responded to the protests with detentions and physical violence. Nine people were detained, including an LGBTIQ activist, and authorities have taken down the names of 71 people who were protesting. In another concerning development, co-founder of the Polish Women’s Strike, Marta Lempart, has been assigned police protection in public spaces after an escalating threat was made against her life. In another concerning development, on 2nd September 2021, Poland implemented a “state of emergency” at its borders with Belarus, limiting journalists and human rights defenders from accessing the area. Several cases of detention of journalists were documented at the border, raising serious concerns for press freedom. Read more

Police protection for WHRD after escalating threats; press freedom concerns at Poland/Belarus border

El Salvador: anti-government protests against authoritarian measures and Bitcoin implementation

On 3rd September 2021, the newly installed judges in the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court published a resolution stating that presidents can serve two consecutive terms. The decision, taken by the magistrates appointed after lawmakers allied with President Nayib Bukele replaced five of the Court’s former judges, paves the way for Bukele to run for re-election in 2024. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

El Salvador: anti-government protests against authoritarian measures and Bitcoin implementation

Colombia: four months since the beginning of National Strike

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, at the end of April 2021, a tax reform bill sparked nationwide anti-government protests in Colombia. According to Human Rights Watch, at least 68 people had died during the protests by the beginning of June. Over a thousand were injured and detained, and hundreds were reported missing. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Colombia: four months since the beginning of National Strike

Reprisals against activists for 2020 protests unabating

Activist declared a terrorist in Belarus; Activist found dead in Kyiv; Number of political prisoners in Belarus steadily increasing; Read more

Reprisals against activists for 2020 protests unabating