Public infrastructure works, declared a national security issue

Mexico Impact | Negative Civicus Rating | Repressed On November 22, Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared of public interest and national security the projects and works in charge of the national government, a measure that would also allow him to reject requests for access to information under the principle of confidentiality. The agreement establishes a […]

Concern grows over possible cyber-surveillance of journalists, activists and opponents

El Salvador Impact | Negative Civicus Rating| Obstructed On November 23, a group of journalists, opposition politicians and CSO referents received an alert on their cell phones from Apple, warning them that they could be victims of espionage by “state-sponsored attackers” due to their activity and interference in the political and social life of the […]

Consensus building on police reform is moving forward

Colombia Impact | Positive Probability | High Civicus Rating | Repressed On November 22, nine presidential pre-candidates discussed one of the most sensitive issues in Colombian politics today: the need for police reform in light of the institutional violence recorded in recent years. The meeting organized by El Espectador was attended by Roy Barreras (La […]

Bill to protect the rights of the Community Action Boards moves forward

Colombia Impact | Positive Probability | High Civicus Rating | Repressed On November 18, the Seventh Committee approved a bill that establishes norms for the protection of the human rights of social leaders who are part of Community Action Organizations. The Community Action Boards are civil organizations with wide geographical coverage that encourage citizen participation […]

A reform to the money laundering law puts the spotlight on civil organizations

Honduras Impact | Negative Civicus Rating | Obstructed On November 1, a Legislative Decree was published, approved by the National Congress on October 7, which reforms the Special Anti-Money Laundering Law and the Penal Code. Among the most controversial changes is the reform of Article 2 of the Special Law, which now includes within the […]

Lasso declared a state of emergency in the whole country for 60 days

Ecuador Impact | Negative Civicus Rating | Obstructed On October 18 President Guillermo Lasso decreed a state of emergency for 60 days, according to the reasons given, in response to a significant increase in violence related to criminal activity and drug trafficking. The measure empowers him to take immediate actions such as the deployment of […]

Legislative Assembly bans mass rallies until December

El Salvador Impact | Negative CIVICUS Rating | Obstructed On October 20, the Legislative Assembly, controlled by the ruling party, sanctioned without prior discussion a legislative decree extending until December 8, 2022 the prohibition of massive public and private rallies, in which social distancing and biosecurity protocols are not respected and where people without a […]

Piñera decrees constitutional emergency in the south of the country over Mapuche protests

Chile Impact | Negative Civicus Rating | Obstructed On October 13, President Sebastián Piñera declared a state of constitutional emergency for 15 days in the regions of Biobío (Biobío and Arauco provinces) and La Araucanía (Malleco and Cautín provinces), due to the “serious alteration of public order” attributed to the protests of Mapuche community members. […]

Congress approves law regulating the official production of statistics

Bolivia Impact | Negative Civicus Rating | Obstructed On October 8, the Bolivian Congress sanctioned a law promoted by the Executive Branch that regulates the official production of statistics, specifies the competencies of the National Statistics Institute (INE in Spanish) and keeps it under the orbit of the Executive Branch although with the character of […]