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Demonstration for asylum seeker rights, as the government fails to deal with refugee reception crisis

On 24th December 2022, around 300 people participated in the protest initiated by the CRACPE (Collective of Resistance to the centres for foreigners) in front of the closed centre of Vottem (Liège) to condemn Belgium's unfair asylum and immigration policies. Belgium has a long record of human rights violations in connection with the treatment of asylum seekers and disregard of court orders which call the country to change its course. At the end of December, five human rights institutions as well as the Commissioner for Human Rights published a joint statement in which they called on the federal government to put an end to the ongoing reception crisis and to respect the international obligations in the field of asylum. Separately, several journalists were attacked while covering the soccer World Cup matches. Read more

 Demonstration for asylum seeker rights, as the government fails to deal with refugee reception crisis

Venezuela: draconian NGO Law threatens civil society organisations

On 24th January 2023, Venezuela’s National Assembly approved on first reading a draft “NGO Law” which could be used to control, restrict and potentially criminalise and close civil society organisations working in the country. Read more

Venezuela: draconian NGO Law threatens civil society organisations

Cambodian authorities detain union leader, criminalise and threaten the opposition and block protest video

In recent months, the authorities have detained a union leader and denied her bail and have been accused of union busting during the pandemic. The Supreme Court upheld jail terms for five current and former NGO workers on politically motivated bribery charges. The jailing of opposition leaders and activists persisted as well as threats against opposition parties. Restrictions against journalists continued, while a music video that recounts a deadly government crackdown on a workers’ protest was blocked. Read more

Cambodian authorities detain union leader, criminalise and threaten the opposition and block protest video

UN body raises concerns about laws restricting press freedom and stifling of protests while foreign journalists in Japan face threats

Since September 2022, there have been concerns about threats against foreign journalists by right wing groups. The UN Human Rights Committee has raised concerns around laws restricting press freedom, especially the Designated Secrets Protection Act as well as about protest restrictions and excessive force used by the police. Read more

UN body raises concerns about laws restricting press freedom and stifling of protests while foreign journalists in Japan face threats

Military transitional authorities tighten control of CSOs; activities of CSOs supported by France banned

On 21st November 2022, military transitional authorities banned, with immediate effect, the activities of non-profit organisations, including those operating in the humanitarian field, who are financially or technically supported by France. The ban does not apply only to French CSOs, but all CSOs receiving assistance from France. In December 2022, the transitional authorities announced measures to increase the control of CSOs: the Minister of Territorial Administration will now validate the sources of finances of NGOs, monthly for foreign organisations and annually for Malian CSOs. Besides the new reporting obligations that this measure entails, a new commission for the “coordination, evaluation, monitoring and control of associations and NGOs” was reportedly created Read more  |  Read in French

Military transitional authorities tighten control of CSOs; activities of CSOs supported by France banned

45 protesters receive suspended prison sentences for peaceful sit-in

On 5th October 2022, a judge in Abidjan placed journalist and managing editor of the daily Le Panafricain, Barthélémy Téhin, under judicial supervision following a defamation complaint by the customs administration over the newspaper’s reports on alleged corruption involving a customs officer. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), who spoke with Téhin, the judicial supervision is for an unspecified time pending further investigations by the judge. Téhin is to appear every 15 days before the judge and needs permission from the judge to leave Abidjan. Read more

45 protesters receive suspended prison sentences for peaceful sit-in

EU lawmakers raise concerns during Pegasus spyware hearing; journalists arrested and charged for covering climate action

As European lawmakers investigate the use of spyware in the European Union, Spain is proving to be the most difficult country to probe in the investigation. At least 65 people have been victims of state surveillance, including Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Defence Minister Margarita Robles. In Spain, the Pegasus spyware scandal has been called ‘Catalangate’ as the majority of the people targeted by the spyware in Spain were from Catalonia and were involved in the campaign for the independence of Catalonia. On 6th November 2022, journalist Joanna Giménez and a photojournalist were arrested as they attempted to cover a protest by environmental activists at the Prado Museum in Madrid. Read more

EU lawmakers raise concerns during Pegasus spyware hearing; journalists arrested and charged for covering climate action

KRIK investigative portal found “guilty” in a SLAPP; targeting of environmental defenders continues

The Basic Public Prosecutor's Office in Novi Sad launched an investigation against 12 people who participated in the protests against the adoption of the General Urban Plan, which took place in July 2022. The Crime and Corruption Research Network (KRIK) was found guilty in a SLAPP case initiated by the former Head of the Security Intelligence Agency, now Minister of Internal Affairs, Bratislav Gašić. There were several smear campaigns against journalists and obstruction of their work. Read more

KRIK investigative portal found “guilty” in a SLAPP; targeting of environmental defenders continues

Argentina: economic crisis leads to recurrent protests

Throughout 2022, Argentina continued to face a severe economic crisis marked by rising inflation, declining wages and a reduction in purchasing power. This situation led to recurrent protests by various social movements and organisations. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Argentina: economic crisis leads to recurrent protests

Increasing internet censorship and ongoing persecution of dissenting voices, despite some releases

An increasing number of internet sites were arbitrarily blocked in Turkmenistan, while people using internet censorship circumvention tools to access independent news, social media and other blocked sites continued to be subjected to intimidation. Additionally, the authorities announced plans to create ‘’an autonomous national digital network’’, sparking concerns of further increasing internet censorship. Persecution of people who criticise the situation in Turkmenistan and stand up for their rights continued. In addition to suppressing dissent at home, the Turkmenistani authorities continued to target activists abroad who openly criticise the government.
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Increasing internet censorship and ongoing persecution of dissenting voices, despite some releases