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El Salvador: HRDs face increased risks under the state of exception

On 14th September 2022, the National Assembly of El Salvador approved a sixth extension of its ongoing state of exception. The country will complete its seventh month under the measure, which was first declared following a wave of gang violence in late March 2022. Between July 2022 and early September 2022, human rights defenders (HRDs) in El Salvador continued to face increased risk as a result of the state of exception. Read more

El Salvador: HRDs face increased risks under the state of exception

The Qatari Authorities Target Peaceful Human Rights Defenders at Home and Abroad

three founding members of the “National Campaign for Travel-Banned Citizens” were subjected to enforced disappearance; CSOs call for continued scrutiny by human rights organisations and international bodies of the unrelenting plight of migrant workers in Qatar as preparations continue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup; Human Rights Watch reiterates its concerns about the treatment of LGBTIQ+ persons during the upcoming FIFA World Cup; human rights activists, including Qatari human rights defender Abdullah Al-Maliki, organised a peaceful gathering in the popular Marienplatz square in Munich, Germany; Court issues sentences against lawyer Dr. Hazzaa bin Ali Abu Shraydeh Al-Marri and his brother in relation to his declaration of support for the August 2021 protests on social media.

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The Qatari Authorities Target Peaceful Human Rights Defenders at Home and Abroad

Human Rights Defenders, Journalists and other Civil Society Activists Targeted with Arbitrary Arrests

Internet activist Hani Al-Sarhani arrested; Prominent environmental activist Dr Ahmed Issa Qatan was arrested by the ISS; journalist and human rights defender Mukhtar Al-Hinai faces trial in a case that threatened to prohibit him from continuing his independent journalistic work; CSOs call on authorities to repeal Article 269 of the Penal Code which infringes on freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of opinion and expression and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association; in June 2022 four people were arrested and put on trial for exercising their rights to religious freedom and freedom of thought more generally Read more

Human Rights Defenders, Journalists and other Civil Society Activists Targeted with Arbitrary Arrests

Crackdown on activists and protests persist in Indonesia while draft criminal code revisions could further curtail dissent

In recent months, civil society groups have raised concerns about invasive content moderation regulations and digital attacks as well as harassment and intimidation of journalists. The criminalisation and harassment of Papuan activists persist as well as excessive force by police around protests in the restive region. Excessive force has also been documented around protests against fuel price hikes. Activists have also raised concerns on the trial around a deadly crackdown on a protest in Paniai in 2014. Read more

Crackdown on activists and protests persist in Indonesia while draft criminal code revisions could further curtail dissent

Honduras: HRDs criminalised while changes to protection system spark concern

On 9th August 2022, the International Day of Indigenous Peoples, about 300 Indigenous and Garífuna protesters joined a march in Tegucigalpa toward the headquarters of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, organised by Organización Fraternal Negra de Honduras (Black Fraternal Organisation of Honduras - OFRANEH). They demanded action to locate the young Garífuna men who were forcibly disappeared in Triunfo de la Cruz in July 2020. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Honduras: HRDs criminalised while changes to protection system spark concern

Lack of accountability for ‘’Bloody January’’ events & persecution of critics undermine pledged modernisation

The lack of justice and accountability for the ‘’Bloody January’’ 2022 events remained a key concern due to the failure of the authorities to impartially, thoroughly and effectively investigate allegations of excessive force, torture and ill-treatment, and other violations related to these events. For example, while 70 percent of those surveyed by KIBHR reported torture and ill-treatment in detention during the January events, only 15 law enforcement officials were under investigation for torture as of mid-August 2022. The first court proceedings against police officers facing such charges began in early September 2022. Hundreds of criminal cases related to the January events had been submitted to court as of August 2022, while other cases were pending trial. These cases include those of at least 30 civil society and opposition activists . The most high-profile activist case related to the January events is that of opposition Democratic Party leader Zhanbolat Mamai, who remained in pre-trial detention on multiple charges initiated in retaliation for his opposition activities Read more

Lack of accountability for ‘’Bloody January’’ events & persecution of critics undermine pledged modernisation

Civil society urges the UN to reject Vietnam’s bid for the Human Rights Council as it continues to arrest and jail activists

In recent months the authorities have jailed activists for their activism, including a prominent environmental activist on tax evasion charges, a minority rights activist for his reporting, and a blogger. Human rights defender Pham Doan Trang lost her appeal against a nine-year jail sentence. Other activists have been charged with anti-state propaganda for their online activism. A new decree orders technology firms to store user data onshore which could be used to further criminalise online dissent. Despite this, the government is seeking membership of the UN Human Rights Council for the term 2023-2025.
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Civil society urges the UN to reject Vietnam’s bid for the Human Rights Council as it continues to arrest and jail activists

Myanmar junta continues to arrest, torture activists despite global outrage around executions

In recent months, the junta executed four activists leading to global outrage, However despite this, reports of torture of detainees have persisted as well as the arrest, detention of lawyers as well as activists. A report published found that trade unions and civil society organisations are facing an existential threat. There have been ongoing anti-coup protests and arrests while journalists continue to remain at risk. Read more

Myanmar junta continues to arrest, torture activists despite global outrage around executions

Escalating tensions & crackdown on human rights defenders & journalists

The reporting period saw a serious deterioration in the protection of fundamental freedoms due to a violent crackdown, mainly on protesters, by security forces in the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) (an autonomous region in eastern Tajikistan) in November 2021 and, again, in May 2022. Read more

Escalating tensions & crackdown on human rights defenders & journalists

Amid protests, censorship and persecution of Uyghurs and activists in China, Xi Jinping seeks third term

In recent months, protests against COVID-19 restrictions and around a banking scandal were reported. There was surveillance and restrictions of activists around the Tiananmen massacre anniversary in June 2022, while a number of activists and lawyers have been prosecuted and sentenced for their activism, some in closed door trials. A new report shows how authorities are still locking up critics in psychiatric facilities. There has been ongoing censorship of criticism and politically sensitive topics, including around the zero COVID-19 policy, while journalists have continued to face arrest and harassment. Read more

Amid protests, censorship and persecution of Uyghurs and activists in China, Xi Jinping seeks third term