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Repression continues with new wave of protests

A wave of protests that began in September 2022 as collective action against the country’s compulsory head-covering laws, which quickly expanded to articulate broader grievances and demands for fundamental political and social change, has been met with a ruthless crackdown characterised by use of lethal force. Read more

Repression continues with new wave of protests

Protesters continue to face prosecution and excessive force while activists criminalised for royal defamation in Thailand

Since August 2022, there have been ongoing concerns around prosecutions under the now lifted Emergency Decree, prosecutions of child protesters, electronic surveillance of activists and excessive force used against protesters and journalists around the APEC summit. There are also concerns around the judicial harassment of woman rights defender Nada Chaiyajit, Uyghurs languishing in detention and ongoing prosecutions for royal defamation. Read more

Protesters continue to face prosecution and excessive force while activists criminalised for royal defamation in Thailand

Civic space further restricted after a second military coup

On 3rd December 2022, French media outlet and public broadcaster Radio France International (RFI) was suspended with immediate effect, and until further notice, by the military junta. In a statement, the spokesperson for the military transitional military government, Rimtalba Jean Emmanuel Ouedraogo, said that the suspension relates to a broadcast by RFI on 3rd December 2022 that "relays a message intimidating the population that was attributed to a terrorist leader”, while also accusing RFI of publishing a "false report" on 2nd December 2022, which quoted the president of the transitional government, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, of having said that he was the target of a coup attempt. Read more  |  Read in French

Civic space further restricted after a second military coup

Criminalisation of activists and journalists continue

During 2022, the prosecution, intimidation and criminalisation of human rights defenders and activists continue, especially after authorities approved legislation to expand the definition of terrorism. Read more

Criminalisation of activists and journalists continue

Harassment and criminalisation of activists and journalists in Hong Kong continues unabated

Since August 2022, there have been ongoing prosecutions under the draconian National Security Law, including of minors, while members of a humanitarian fund to support protesters have been convicted. Individuals continue to be arrested, charged or convicted for sedition including for the publication of books, social media posts, fundraising and even playing a protest song. A pro-democracy activist and media magnate Jimmy Lai was sentenced on fraud charges while the authorities have continued its judicial persecution of human rights lawyer Chow Hang-Tung. Read more

Harassment and criminalisation of activists and journalists in Hong Kong continues unabated

Nicaragua in contempt of international human rights mechanisms

On 18th October 2022, the Ministry of the Interior ordered the removal of the legal status of 42 national civil society organisations (CSOs) and the cancellation of the operating registration of 58 foreign CSOs, most of them from the United States, Spain and Germany. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Nicaragua in contempt of international human rights mechanisms

As Qatar hosts the FIFA World Cup, human rights organisations draw attention to its dismal human rights record

Head of Qatar’s World Cup organising committee, Hassan al-Thawadi, accused teams who wanted to wear the OneLove armband at the World Cup of sending a “very divisive message” to the Islamic and Arab world; The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) documents the grave violations committed against foreign workers; a Resolution of the European Parliament urged FIFA and Qatar to compensate widespread abuses that migrant workers suffered while building the 2022 World Cup infrastructure; the Qatar Criminal Court of Appeal upheld the life sentences handed down to a number of human rights activists Read more

As Qatar hosts the FIFA World Cup, human rights organisations draw attention to its dismal human rights record

Attacks on Guatemalan human rights organisations and justice operators

On 19th October 2022, the Attorney General’s Office raided the family house of Leily Santizo, a former prosecutor with the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). The raid took place in execution of an arrest warrant against Santizo for alleged obstruction of criminal proceedings. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Attacks on Guatemalan human rights organisations and justice operators

Conviction of lawyer and recent legal changes further erodes civic space in Fiji ahead of elections

In recent months, ambiguous amendments to media laws have been passed that could affect the independence of the media, while electoral law amendments have raised concerns about privacy rights. Further, a senior lawyer was found guilty of contempt for correcting a spelling error, violating the right to freedom of expression. Read more

Conviction of lawyer and recent legal changes further erodes civic space in Fiji ahead of elections