Thursday 19.5.2022 Indonesia - Latest Developments -
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
Wednesday 18.5.2022 Honduras - Latest Developments -
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
Tuesday 17.5.2022 Colombia - Latest Developments -
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
Tuesday 17.5.2022 Vietnam - Latest Developments -
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.
Tuesday 10.5.2022 Slovenia - Latest Developments -
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
Tuesday 10.5.2022 Mexico - Latest Developments -
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
Friday 6.5.2022 Norway - Latest Developments -
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
Wednesday 4.5.2022 El Salvador - Latest Developments -
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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Friday 29.4.2022 Canada - Latest Developments -
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