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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

Censorship, discrimination raises questions about fairness of Myanmar elections

Ahead of the elections, human rights groups have continued to document restrictions to civic and political freedoms and called the polls “fundamentally flawed”. The violations documented include censorship of opposition parties, the serious impact on the ability of voters in areas where there has been an internet shutdown and restrictions on journalists due to the pandemic. Further, the discriminatory 1982 Citizenship Law and the Election Law have been used to disenfranchise Rohingya and other opposition candidates to prevent them from running for office, while voting has been cancelled in various regions. Read more

Censorship, discrimination raises questions about fairness of Myanmar elections

Arrests made in relation to killing of Oromo singer, key opposition figure faces terror charges

The Attorney General’s office announces that they had filed terror charges against Jawar Mohammed, a leading opposition leader, together with other activists; Renowned professor Mesfin Woldemariam, founder of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council and renowned human rights defender dies; Several killed and others injured in protests in Wolaita region; Journalists barred from travelling to cover regional elections; Separately, others re-arrested after being released on bail for alleged incitement to violence Read more

Arrests made in relation to killing of Oromo singer, key opposition figure faces terror charges

Political opposition figures persecuted and detained

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for civil society to operate, as governments implement restrictions on fundamental freedoms, and Azerbaijan is no exception. Restrictions have limited freedoms already under threat in the country, including the freedoms of association, assembly, and expression. Read more

Political opposition figures persecuted and detained

Mass protests follow disputed election results

Protests erupt across the country over disputed results; denounce electoral irregularities; Opposition candidates intimidated after results announcement; Workers down tools to protest disputed results and brutality; Internet and websites blocked; Journalists assaulted, detained; Journalists quit jobs to protest brutality and censorship Read more

Mass protests follow disputed election results

China silences reporting on COVID-19, expands surveillance and arrests Hong Kong protest leaders

The Chinese Communist Party has continued to censor reporting about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and targeted journalists, doctors, activists, academics and critics in order to control the narrative. The coronavirus is also being used as a pretext for accelerating mass surveillance across the country. In Hong Kong, the authorities arrested 15 pro-democracy politicians and activists in April 2020, were accused of torture or ill-treatment of protesters and expelled US journalists. Human rights groups also reported on the use of an app to conduct mass surveillance by the Chinese government on Uighur and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang province. Read more

China silences reporting on COVID-19, expands surveillance and arrests Hong Kong protest leaders