HRD prosecuted

Solomons government lacking transparency while groups concerned about mining and logging

The ongoing state of emergency has also resulted in calls by the media for the government to engage with the public. There is also the worry that due to the economic hardship faced by the country, destructive industries such as mining could be pushed forward without public consultation. Two environmental defenders opposing a logging company are also facing jail. Further, the ongoing dispute between the central government and the Malaita provincial government has resulted in protests over a push for a referendum by the province. Read more

Solomons government lacking transparency while groups concerned about mining and logging

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

Several killed in protests, violence after President Ouattara announces third term bid

President Ouattara’s announcement to run for a third term in the upcoming October 2020 presidential elections sparked deadly protests and violence throughout the country, killing several. Authorities 'suspended' all protests on the public road and arrested one HRD and two of her colleagues who had called for protests . Read more  |  Read in French

Several killed in protests, violence after President Ouattara announces third term bid

Activists, academics and journalists in India face judicial harassment despite pandemic

The Narendra Modi government has continued its persecution of human rights defenders, activists, student leaders and journalists. Political activists and student leaders continue to be the government’s prime targets, with some detained under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and for sedition. A raging pandemic and national lockdown has not stopped the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from making more arrests in the controversial Bhima Koregaon case of 2018. Human rights groups have continued to remain concerned about violations in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.
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Activists, academics and journalists in India face judicial harassment despite pandemic

Journalists under constant attack; four journalists sentenced to death after grossly unfair trial

The Specialised Criminal Court in Sana'a sentences four journalists (Akram Al-Walidi, Abdelkhaleq Amran, Hareth Hamid and Tawfiq Al-Mansouri) to death and six others to jail terms; Security forces in Marib Governorate released photojournalist Radwan Al-Hashedi, after he was arrested on 8th July 2020 upon arrival at Sayyun Airport; 30 people who were tried for expressing their opinions on issues of public interest and for their criticism of the de facto Houthi government sentenced to death while 6 are acquitted Read more

Journalists under constant attack; four journalists sentenced to death after grossly unfair trial

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

Continued rights violations reported throughout COVID-19 lockdown and run up to national elections

Reports have continued to emerge from Uganda concerning rights violations as a result of the measures imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19., and as the country gears up for the next general elections. Protesters have been forcefully dispersed while demonstrating over loss of livelihood during the lockdown. Opposition members arrested and attacked for mobilising food assistance in light of COVID-19, while journalists, comedians and musicians have been charged for content touching on politicians. Read more

Continued rights violations reported throughout COVID-19 lockdown and run up to national elections

Concerns about increased use of death penalty and judicial harassment to crack down on civic space

Human rights organisations raise concerns about the increasing use of the death penalty as a weapon of repression against protesters, and also identify a further emerging trend- the filing of additional charges against women human rights defenders already serving lengthy prison sentences in retaliation for their peaceful human rights activities
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Concerns about increased use of death penalty and judicial harassment to crack down on civic space

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

Massive restrictions on expression during COVID-19; sudden banning of peaceful opposition

The reporting period was characterised by mass restrictions on freedom of expression and freedom of association, specifically in relation to the banning of the popular unregistered “Street Party” movement by a court decision in May 2020 after it was labelled as extremist. The reporting period also saw important legislative developments, including changing slander from a criminal to an administrative offence and the corresponding reduction of penalties from prison sentences to fines. However, insult and insulting a government representative remain criminal offences. Read more

Massive restrictions on expression during COVID-19; sudden banning of peaceful opposition