environmental rights

Two environmental defenders killed in Honduras

On 24th November 2020, Laura Carolina Valentín Dolmo, a young Garífuna defender and member of the Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH), was found dead in the river Danto in La Ceiba, in the northern Atlantida department. Read more

Two environmental defenders killed in Honduras

Canada: protests against COVID-19 restrictions as country struggles with new wave of infections

On 7th November 2020, about 2,000 people demonstrated in Aylmer, Ontario, to express their opposition to facial coverings and social distancing rules implemented by the provincial and federal governments in response to COVID-19. Read more

Canada: protests against COVID-19 restrictions as country struggles with new wave of infections

President and deputies of the ruling majority in parliament verbally attack journalists

With the formation of the new government and the establishment of the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue, the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society ceased to exist. A significant part of the competencies in the field of work of the Office will be transferred to the Ministry. The abolition of the Office marks the end of its role to ensure the participation of citizens in the preparation of legal regulations by ministries and local governments. In addition, the entire process was conducted in a non-transparent manner. As reported previously, the phantom portal of “Prismotra” continues to discredit the work of CSOs and individuals working on the protection and promotion of human rights. Journalists continue to face threats and harassment. In the latest cases documented, during a tour of the construction work of a COVID-19 Hospital, the President of Serbia attacked the independence and objectivity of the media. In addition, deputies of the ruling party in Parliament also verbally attacked journalists, branding them as "anti-Serbian". Read more

President and deputies of the ruling majority in parliament verbally attack journalists

Authorities fail to protect anti-racism protesters; climate protests staged

Demonstrations by anti-racism group ‘Kick Out Zwarte Piet (KOZP)’, who protested against the tradition of Black Pete (so called Black Face), have been met by large counter protests in several Dutch cities. However authorites failed to ensure the safety of KOZP members from counter protesters. Several climate protests were staged including one at Schiphol Airport where protesters blocked both entrances by forming human chains, glueing their hands to the ground and to the revolving glass doors at the entrance. Fourteen protesters were detained by police.
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Authorities fail to protect anti-racism protesters; climate protests staged

Journalists continue to face attacks, death threats during protests against COVID-19 measures

On 18th November 2020, about 5,000 people gathered outside the Bundestag in Berlin to protest against stricter COVID-19 measures. The protest was broken up by the police and 31 protesters were detained. The demonstration fits within a larger wave of protests which have taken place all over the country over the past few months, which includes a protest of more than 20,000 in the eastern city of Leipzig against COVID-19 measures. Journalists continue to face physical attacks, harassment and death threats during coverage of protests against COVID-19 measures. Read more

Journalists continue to face attacks, death threats during protests against COVID-19 measures

Closing civic space in Brazil: censorship, harassment and attacks on journalists and activists

In November 2020, Brazil held countrywide local elections to elect city councillors and mayors. Politically-motivated attacks and assassinations increased by nearly 200 percent in 2020 in comparison to previous years. Read more

Closing civic space in Brazil: censorship, harassment and attacks on journalists and activists

Several protests staged amid restrictions on assembly due to COVID-19

The Croatian Constitutional Court defended its choice not to review the constitutionality of laws passed that limited civic freedoms as part of COVID-19 pandemic measures. The Court claimed that the government had acted within its rights and with the intention of preventing the spread of the virus. Several protests took place during the reporting period including the annual Zagreb Pride March, protests over labour rights and against COVID-19 measures. In a separate development, COVID-19 continues to impact the media industry in Croatia. The Journalists’ Union of Croatia has pointed out that employers in the media sector are using COVID-19 as a justification to reduce the rights of media workers and journalists.

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Several protests staged amid restrictions on assembly due to COVID-19

Nurses, climate activists and other solidarity groups hold protests amid the pandemic

Over the last few months there have been protests against the coronavirus lockdown, in solidarity with Nigerian protesters, by nurses over equal pay and against plans for a proposed airport in Central Otago. Read more

Nurses, climate activists and other solidarity groups hold protests amid the pandemic

Polarisation continues after presidential elections in Bolivia

On 18th October 2020, Luis Arce of Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS) was elected president of Bolivia. The vote, which had been twice postponed during the pandemic, was mostly peaceful despite the country’s deep polarisation. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Polarisation continues after presidential elections in Bolivia

Journalist verbally attacked by the President; poor quality of information promotes fake news

An NGO that provides support for all gender identities in Albania, has said that the COVID-19 circumstances have worsened conditions of the LGBTI community. In addition, Pink Embassy, an NGO working to protect and advance the rights of the LGBTI community in Albania, called on the government to allow for all LGBTI people to be able get married and adopt children. Several protests were staged during the reporting period including by prisoners and oil workers who went on a hunger strike and by university students. Fact-checker, Faktoje has found that the poor quality of information in Albania has led to the spread of fake news, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several incidents took place againt journalists, including verbal attacks by the President. Read more

Journalist verbally attacked by the President; poor quality of information promotes fake news