land rights

Authorities harass and squeeze funding of NGOs while activists, journalists targeted in India

The authorities have blocked access to foreign funding for NGOs using the restrictive Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act and raided the offices of human rights groups for allegedly violating the law. There continues to be a lack of accountability on the use of the Pegasus spyware against activists, while human rights defenders and journalists continue to be targeted, including in Jammu and Kashmir. Activists and protesters also remain in detention on various trumped up charges. Read more

Authorities harass and squeeze funding of NGOs while activists, journalists targeted in India

Increasing Twitter takedowns by Japan while teachers and Okinawans hold protests

In recent months there have been a high number of Twitter takedowns requested by the Japanese government and attempts through the courts to block a film on ‘comfort women’. There have also been protests by teachers’ unions and Okinawa residents against a US base. Read more

Increasing Twitter takedowns by Japan while teachers and Okinawans hold protests

Protesters in Argentina take to the streets against IMF and large-scale mining

On 24th September 2021, police in Neuquén evicted a Mapuche Lof Quemquemtreu community from territory they had occupied near El Bolsón, Río Negro province. About 30 Indigenous people, who are in the process of reclaiming ancestral territory, were violently evicted by police using disproportionate force – including rubber bullets and firearms. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Protesters in Argentina take to the streets against IMF and large-scale mining

LGBTIQ+ rights facing increasing threat, journalists attacked

journalists attacked for what may be related to their work; LGBTIQ+ NGO awaits supreme court ruling on registration; WHRD killed; Read more

LGBTIQ+ rights facing increasing threat, journalists attacked

Paraguay: Protests for land rights amid wave of forced evictions

In a landmark decision published on 12th October 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Committee found that Paraguay’s failure to prevent and control the toxic contamination of traditional lands, due to the intensive use of pesticides by nearby commercial farms, violates Indigenous communities’ rights and sense of “home”. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Paraguay: Protests for land rights amid wave of forced evictions

Repression persists as Vietnam jails human rights defender Pham Doan Trang and other activists

Since October 2021, the authorities have convicted sentenced human rights defender and journalist Pham Doan Trang to nine years’ imprisonment as well as five journalists of the now-shuttered Báo Sạch (Clean Newspaper). A number of individuals have been arrested and convicted for exercising their freedom of expression online while Facebook was accused of removing “anti-state” posts. Others arrested or jailed include political and land rights activists. Read more

Repression persists as Vietnam jails human rights defender Pham Doan Trang and other activists

Attempted homicide of Indigenous leader in Costa Rica

On 30th December 2021, Indigenous leader Leonel García Segura was threatened and attacked with a machete in the Cabécar territory of Bajo Chirripó. García, who is the secretary of Asociación de Desarrollo Integral (ADI) de Reserva Indígena de Cabecera de Bajo Chirripó Matina, was taken to intensive care for treatment of wounds on his body and head. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Attempted homicide of Indigenous leader in Costa Rica

Brazil: environmental and land defenders killed, journalists attacked and pandemic data blackout

In early January 2022, three environmental defenders of the same family were found dead in São Felix do Xingu, south of the state of Pará. José Gomes, known as Zé do Lago, Márcia Nunes Lisboa and their teenage daughter Joene Nunes Lisboa were executed with multiple gunshots and their bodies were found near their home. Read more

Brazil: environmental and land defenders killed, journalists attacked and pandemic data blackout

The fight for environmental rights continues

After years of protests, a group of local residents and the NGO Toka claimed a major victory as the municipal enforcement office in Tropoja ordered government agencies and private companies to stop work on two hydropower plants on the Valbona River. There have been other similar victories in several regions. Separately, in November 2021, environmental organisations condemned and protested against the start of construction work on the Vlora airport, claiming that the Environmental Impact Assessment Study was not conducted properly. Several physical attacks were documented against jouranlist, while the Prime Minister continued to publically vilifiy them. Read more

The fight for environmental rights continues

Canada: Indigenous defenders and journalists arrested in raid of protest camp

On 17th and 18th November 2021, new contingents of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers arrived in Wet’suwet’en territory in northern British Columbia, where Gidimt’en clan protesters were blocking an access road used by Coastal GasLink pipeline workers. On 19th November 2021, the RCMP raided the protest camp and began to arrest members of the Indigenous community. Read more

Canada: Indigenous defenders and journalists arrested in raid of protest camp