environmental rights

Indonesian authorities criminalise activists, violently suppress protests around Papua

In the last few months, human rights defenders have been arrested, criminalised and threatened, especially those speaking up on violations in the Papuan region. Those who organised or have been involved in protests against the creation of new provinces in Papua have also been arrested and ill-treated and some have faced excessive or deadly force from the security forces. Farmers and activists in Wadas were arrested for opposing a mining project. The press freedom ranking for Indonesia has dropped and digital repression continues to be reported. Read more

Indonesian authorities criminalise activists, violently suppress protests around Papua

Honduras: Lenca and Garífuna leaders killed within two days

On 30th April 2022, human rights defender and Lenca Indigenous leader Justo Benítez Sánchez was shot and killed at his home in the San Isidro community, Santa Bárbara department. He was a renowned leader who defended land and water rights and had a key role in the resistance against a mining project that would affect the Gualcarque River. Separately, on 1st May 2022, Garífuna leader Alonso Salgado was killed in an attack at the house of another Garífuna leader, Zury Quintanilla, in Rio Tinto. Read more

Honduras: Lenca and Garífuna leaders killed within two days

Colombia: attacks on HRDs and journalists amid increasing violence

According to data from the Observatory of Human Rights, Conflict and Peace of the Instituto de Estudios para el Desarrollo y la Paz (Institute for Development and Peace Studies - INDEPAZ), 59 social leaders and human rights defenders were killed between the beginning of 2022 and 19th April 2022. Read more

Colombia: attacks on HRDs and journalists amid increasing violence

Vietnamese activists face tax evasion charges, movement restrictions and increasing censorship

In recent months, civil society has documented the use of tax evasion laws to target activists, in particular those involved in a network of NGOs to monitor the implementation of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). New reports highlight the restrictions on movement for activists as well as increased arrests of media workers and environmental activists. The Vietnamese government plans to adopt new regulations to tighten control over social media platforms, while journalists have been arrested and convicted for exposing abuses or for criticism of the state. Police have also failed to prevent plainclothes thugs from attacking land rights protesters.
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Vietnamese activists face tax evasion charges, movement restrictions and increasing censorship

Guatemala: freedom of expression in sharp decline

On 8th March 2022, journalist Orlando Villanueva was shot and killed in a public sports facility in Puerto Barrios, capital of the Izabal department. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Guatemala: freedom of expression in sharp decline

Far-right leader Janez Janša loses election, sparking new hope for civic space

The parliamentary elections held in Slovenia on 24th April 2022 marked a change of political regime: newcomer Robert Golob and his Freedom Movement (launched in January 2022) won with nearly 35% of the votes., resulting in the ousting of the current far-right Prime Minister Janez Janša and his SDS party. Prior to the elections, concerning developments took place. The NGO 8 March Institute (Inštitut 8. marec) which ran a "Let’s go vote" campaign (Gremo volit) to encourage voter turnout and repared a draft law to overturn the decisions of the incumbent government was accused “leading an undeclared electoral campaign” and received a notice from the Inspectorate of Internal Affairs. Separately, prominent protester Jaša Jenull received a third claim amounting to approximately 34,340 EUR for a June 2020 protest. Concerning developments also unfolded at RTVSLO, which has been subjected to ongoing political interference. Read more

Far-right leader Janez Janša loses election, sparking new hope for civic space

Mexico: vicious attacks against women, journalists and HRDs continue

At the end of April 2022, thousands of people protested in multiple cities to demand justice for the murder of 18-year-old student Debanhi Escobar in Nuevo León, and for the killings and disappearances of other women and girls across the country. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Mexico: vicious attacks against women, journalists and HRDs continue

Environmental rights protests against Russian Fossil Fuels and local mining projects

Several protests for environmental rights took place during this period including the first Fridays for Future strike since the pandemic, a protest against imports of Russian fossil fuels and a protest to halt mining construction. Read more

Environmental rights protests against Russian Fossil Fuels and local mining projects

El Salvador: human rights defenders arbitrarily detained during state of emergency

On 24th April 2022, El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly extended the state of emergency for another 30 days, following a request from President Nayib Bukele.

Since a state of emergency was established to address gang-related violence, about 16,000 people were detained for alleged connections with criminal groups. Amid the crackdown, there have been reports of arbitrary detentions and police officers being made to fulfil arrest quotas, encouraging further due process violations. Human rights groups and journalists speaking out about abuses have faced stigmatisation and public vilification.
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El Salvador: human rights defenders arbitrarily detained during state of emergency

Canada: Freedom Convoy organisers have their day in court

In April 2022, the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) announced they had initiated a Charter of Rights challenge against the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), arguing that a multi-year audit of the charity was tainted by bias and islamophobia. Read more

Canada: Freedom Convoy organisers have their day in court