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Arrest of climate protesters, increasing anti-protest laws and continued prosecution of whistleblowers in Australia

In recent months, the police undertook a preemptive raid of Blockade Australia climate protesters as well as arresting them on the streets. Two states have passed anti-protest laws that invoke harsh penalties for non-violent protest. A former tax officer who is facing proceedings has invoked whistleblower protections while the prosecution of a whistleblower lawyer for allegedly revealing spying on Timor-Leste has been dropped. Read more

Arrest of climate protesters, increasing anti-protest laws and continued prosecution of whistleblowers in Australia

Military junta dissolves FNDC coalition following protests

On 8th August 2022, Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation of the military transitional government, Mory Condé, issued an order dissolving Front National pour la Défense de la Constitution (FNDC), a coalition of political parties, trade unions and civil society groups formed in April 2019 against any changes in the Constitution as to allow former President Alpha Condé to run for an unconstitutional third term. In the order, the military transitional government accuses FNDC of perpetrating violence and targeting security forces during protests. The order further motivates the group's dissolution as FNDC "jeopardises national unity, public peace and peaceful living together, does not appear on the list of NGOs in Guinea, nor on the list of association collectives […] and even less in the directory of NGOs approved in Republic of Guinea".

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Military junta dissolves FNDC coalition following protests

Myanmar junta continues to arrest, torture activists despite global outrage around executions

In recent months, the junta executed four activists leading to global outrage, However despite this, reports of torture of detainees have persisted as well as the arrest, detention of lawyers as well as activists. A report published found that trade unions and civil society organisations are facing an existential threat. There have been ongoing anti-coup protests and arrests while journalists continue to remain at risk. Read more

Myanmar junta continues to arrest, torture activists despite global outrage around executions

Uncertainty in Chile as draft constitution rejected in plebiscite

On 4th September 2022, Chile held a compulsory plebiscite to decide whether to adopt the draft constitution designed to replace the country’s current Magna Carta, in place since the Pinochet dictatorship. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Uncertainty in Chile as draft constitution rejected in plebiscite

Implications of new tax on freedom of expression raises concern, public order Act under review

Anti-corruption activist exonerated in president’s mass pardon; Youth beaten up for insulting President Hichilema ; Government introduces 16% VAT on newspaper sales ; Review of Public Order Act underway Read more

Implications of new tax on freedom of expression raises concern, public order Act under review

Amid protests, censorship and persecution of Uyghurs and activists in China, Xi Jinping seeks third term

In recent months, protests against COVID-19 restrictions and around a banking scandal were reported. There was surveillance and restrictions of activists around the Tiananmen massacre anniversary in June 2022, while a number of activists and lawyers have been prosecuted and sentenced for their activism, some in closed door trials. A new report shows how authorities are still locking up critics in psychiatric facilities. There has been ongoing censorship of criticism and politically sensitive topics, including around the zero COVID-19 policy, while journalists have continued to face arrest and harassment. Read more

Amid protests, censorship and persecution of Uyghurs and activists in China, Xi Jinping seeks third term

Sri Lankan President continues crackdown on activists and protesters, including use of anti-terror law

Over the last month, sweeping emergency powers were once again imposed to restrict protests and clampdown on protesters. Security forces used excessive force to forcibly remove parts of a rolling peaceful protest site in front of the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. Protesters have been harassed, arrested and detained. Three student activists have been detained under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act. Read more

Sri Lankan President continues crackdown on activists and protesters, including use of anti-terror law

Nicaragua: closure of CSOs, community radio stations, and television cable channel

The repression and persecution of civil society organisations, religious groups, and independent press continues unabated. In recent months, leaders of the Roman Catholic Church were particularly targeted. Church representatives who attempted to mediate dialogues between the government and opposition in 2018 have been branded as “terrorists” by President Daniel Ortega. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Nicaragua: closure of CSOs, community radio stations, and television cable channel

Civic freedoms restricted ahead of 24th August general elections

On 17th August 2022, police officers attempted to prevent a civil society protest from taking place in Luanda. The protest, organised by dozens of CSO's, aimed to protest irregularities in the electoral process for the upcoming general elections on 24th August 2022. Groups of protesters, spread out on the planned itinerary of the protest, were dispersed by police officers. Dozens of protesters, including VOA correspondent Coque Mukuta, were reportedly arrested. Read more

Civic freedoms restricted ahead of 24th August general elections

Activists criminalised for royal defamation and targeted by spyware in Thailand

In recent months, the authorities have continued to arrest and prosecute activists and critics for royal defamation, including a musician who has been jailed for six years. Some activists prosecuted for royal defamation went on a hunger strike to protest the denial of bail. Human rights grous also exposed the use of Pegasus spyware on the phones of dozens of pro-democracy activists as well as academics. The authorities have brought charges against Sitanun Satsaksit, the brother of Wanchalearm Satsaksit, who has been forcibly disappeared while protsters continued to be indicted. There has also been ongoing opposition against a restrictive draft law on not-for-profit organisations Read more

Activists criminalised for royal defamation and targeted by spyware in Thailand