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Protest against police killing suppressed in Cuba and Sunflower Uprising proceeds despite repression

Several political dissidents and protesters were detained for supporting and participating in activities of a peaceful day of protest, the “Revolución de los Girasoles” (“Sunflower Uprising”) convened on 8th September 2020 by Unión Patriótica de Cuba (UNPACU). Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Protest against police killing suppressed in Cuba and Sunflower Uprising proceeds despite repression

Suppression of journalists and activists by Bangladesh ruling party and supporters intensifying

The Bangladesh authorities are intensifying their crackdown on the media and critics. The authorities are forcing all news portals to register with them, raising concerns about freedom of expression. A critical news website on Bangladesh, Amar Desh, has been blocked by the authorities. Journalists are facing attacks for their reporting as well as being criminalised under the draconian Digital Security Act. Ruling party supporters were mobilised to disrupt an event by Drik Gallery around extrajudicial killings in Dhaka in early September 2020. The family of human rights defender in exile Asad Noor is facing harassment while some activists are facing attacks or forcible disappearances. Read more

Suppression of journalists and activists by Bangladesh ruling party and supporters intensifying

Honduran defenders at high risk: two defenders killed and five Garifuna leaders missing

On 10th July 2020, 22-year-old LGBTI+ rights defender Scarleth Cáceres was shot and killed in Tegucigalpa. Cáceres was a member of civil society organisation Asociación LGBT Arcoíris de Honduras, which defends sexual diversity rights. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Honduran defenders at high risk: two defenders killed and five Garifuna leaders missing

Independent Fact-Finding Mission a welcome step, but violations against HRDs, journalists continue

On 22nd June 2020, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) announced the establishment of an Independent Fact-Finding Mission to investigate violations and abuses of human rights in Libya. The mission will cover violations by all parties since the beginning of 2016, with an aim to prevent further deterioration of the human rights situation and to ensure accountability. Both local and international human rights organisations welcomed the mission. Freedom of expression continues to remain under threat. On 29th July 2020 a joint statement issued by 28 media and human rights organisations condemned the practice of security forces searching citizens’ personal devices without permission. This practice is particularly used on activists, lawyers, human rights defenders, media professionals, bloggers, and even immigrants and asylum seekers. In addition the Law on Combatting Terrorism [3/2014] has been used to arrest people exercising their right to free speech. For example it was used to silence dissent of photojournalist and activist Ismail Bouzriba Al-Zoui who was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a military court during a “secret trial” in Benghazi in May 2020.

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Independent Fact-Finding Mission a welcome step, but violations against HRDs, journalists continue

Bulgarians protest COVID-19 measures, over construction of coastline

Protests erupt against COVID-19 measures, over development on the coastline; Investigative journalist receives death threats Read more

Bulgarians protest COVID-19 measures, over construction of coastline

Violent attacks against three Indigenous communities of Costa Rica

In July 2020, violent attacks against the Bribri, Maleku and Brörán Indigenous communities continued to escalate. On 24th July 2020, Indigenous leader José Enrique Ortíz was attacked by land invaders in Salitre. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Violent attacks against three Indigenous communities of Costa Rica

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights highlights continuing human rights violations

At the 44th session of the Human Rights Council on 2nd July 2020, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, provided an oral update on Nicaragua. Bachelet said her office continues to document persistent human rights violations against those who the government perceives as opponents, including human rights defenders, journalists, social leaders and former political detainees. Read more

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights highlights continuing human rights violations

Dominican Republic: elections and arbitrary detention of anti-racism demonstrators

Opposition candidate Luís Abinader was elected president of the Dominican Republic on 5th July 2020, ousting the Dominican Liberation Party after 16 years in power. These were the first presidential elections held in the region since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Dominican Republic: elections and arbitrary detention of anti-racism demonstrators

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

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