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Political developments raise concerns for civic space

On 25th July 2021, Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed announced that he was dismissing Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, suspending parliament for 30 days, lifting parliamentary immunity and taking over supervision of public prosecution. The state of emergency was extended to 19th January 2022. Following this, police raided the Tunis headquarters of Al Jazeera TV, evicting its staff and closing down the office. Several other concerning developments unfolded including over 50 Tunisians have been placed under arbitrary house arrest, including former officials, a judge and three lawmakers. Additionally, the arbitrary use of a travel ban is another critical concern, with over 50 cases documented. Read more

Political developments raise concerns for civic space

Poetry and protestors under attack in Kuwait

Despite the fact that Article 36 of the Kuwaiti Constitution guarantees freedom of expression for every person in the country, regardless of their nationality, a 25-year-old Jordanian expatriate, Abdullah Mohammed Jbara, received a deportation order in retaliation for his participation in a peaceful sit-in protest in Al-Erada Square on 20th June 2021. On 4th July 2021, Jbara was deported to his home country, Jordan, following an order of the Minister of Interior. Read more

Poetry and protestors under attack in Kuwait

Stunning crackdown on civil society and opposition continues in Nicaragua

As previously reported on the Monitor, an unprecedented crackdown on opposition groups and human rights defenders was carried out by Nicaragua’s authorities in early June 2021. The wave of arrests continued over the month, with more leaders arrested on trumped-up charges. Read more

Stunning crackdown on civil society and opposition continues in Nicaragua

Migrant Rights Defenders, Lawyers, Bloggers and Online Activists Under Threat in Qatar

On 2nd June 2021, defender of migrant workers’ rights and blogger Malcolm Bidali was released after almost a month in detention in an unknown location, reports the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR). On the night of 4th to 5th May 2021, officials from Qatar’s State Security Bureau arrested and arbitrarily detained Bidali. They did not disclose any information about his fate until 12th May 2021 when his detention was confirmed, but no information was divulged as to his whereabouts. On 29 May 2021, the Qatari Government Communication Office stated that Bidali had been charged with receiving funds from a foreign party for the purpose of spreading misleading information. In a call with his mother on 20th May 2021, he confirmed that he had been placed in solitary confinement since his arrest and did not have access to a lawyer. Read more

Migrant Rights Defenders, Lawyers, Bloggers and Online Activists Under Threat in Qatar

Systematic persecution of activists, journalists and critics in mainland China and Hong Kong

The assault on civic space has continued in China into 2021. Over the last few months civil society has reported the harassment, arrest, prosecution, torture and even death in custody of human rights defenders and journalists in mainland China. Serious crimes continue to be reported against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, including an escalation of baseless prosecutions. In Hong Kong, the authorities have continued their persecution of pro-democracy activists with arrests and convictions for peaceful protests under the draconian national security law as well as targeting of journalists for their reporting.
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Systematic persecution of activists, journalists and critics in mainland China and Hong Kong

Reports reveal death threats by Saudi officials against UN expert, reprisals against HRDs unabating

ports reveal that the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnès Callamard, had received death threats from Saudi officials in January 2020 because of her investigation and extensive report on the extrajudicial killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018; The Saudi government continues its relentless trend to abuse the criminal and judicial systems to punish those who fight for human rights - HRDs continue to suffer within the Saudi justice system Read more

Reports reveal death threats by Saudi officials against UN expert, reprisals against HRDs unabating

Concerns over proposed constitutional amendment which seeks to limit LGBTI rights

In December 2020, the Constitutional Court of Latvia granted ‘paternity’ leave to the female partner of a woman. This comes after the partner had been refused leave due to not being the biological father of the child. In deciding to grant the leave, the Constitutional Court acknowledged that under Article 110, which obliges the legislator to ensure protection for all families (regardless of marriage), the partner was entitled to leave. This Constitutional Court’s decision sparked a move by the far right-wing National Union Party to submit an amendment to article 110 to constitutionally strengthen the concept of family as a union between a man and a woman. Minister for Welfare Ramona Petraviča also expressed opposition to the decision of the Constitutional Court Read more

Concerns over proposed constitutional amendment which seeks to limit LGBTI rights

Protests erupt after public outrage over court decision, journalists banned from entering ukraine

Protests held against controversial decision by the Constitutional Court to nullify corruption laws, more protests over new COVID-19 restrictions; journalist from the Russian RBC news agency stopped by the border police in Odessa, and Russian video production director stopped at the Boryspil airport in Kyiv and banned from entering Ukraine Read more

Protests erupt after public outrage over court decision, journalists banned from entering ukraine

Authorities embark on coordinated reprisals against CSOs, HRDs following mass 2020 protests

Post-election protests continued to December 2020; Reports reveal extent of violent crackdown on post-election protests by law enforcement; Dozens of journalists, HRDs, CSOs targeted in coordinated raids; Journalist detained upon arrival at the airport in Minsk; TUT.BY journalists persecuted by Belarusian authorities; Read more

Authorities embark on coordinated reprisals against CSOs, HRDs following mass 2020 protests

Critical voices silenced, impunity for excessive force and unlawful killings in Indonesia

In recent months, police have arrested, charged and convicted individuals for their social media posts, while a journalist was assaulted by the military. Political activists in Maluku and Papua have also been jailed for their peaceful activism. There has continued to be a lack of accountability for police violence during the mass protests against the job creation bill while reports of torture and unlawful killings continued to be reported. Read more

Critical voices silenced, impunity for excessive force and unlawful killings in Indonesia