Since the beginning of the pandemic, doctors, nurses, journalists and other frontline workers have courageously criticized or scrutinized the inadequate responses to COVID-19 supported by governments, public development banks and other actors. For doing so, many of them have been threatened, attacked or arrested.
A new report from the Coalition for Human Rights in Development, ARTICLE 19 and IFEX exposes how development finance institutions failed to protect those who reported on or criticized COVID-19 responses and contains recommendations for improving their response to those reprisals.
July 2021 in Asia-Pacific: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s regional editor Mong Palatino, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.
“The Board of Inquiry’s report represents a milestone in the fight for truth, accountability and justice for Caruana Galizia’s assassination and its conclusions and recommendations are of global significance in battling impunity for crimes against journalists.”
IFEX calls on authorities in Egypt to drop their prosecution of prominent human rights defender Gamal Eid
“Gamal is one of the strongest independent voices still fighting for human rights in a country that has been dismantling civil society and closing the space for freedom of expression and information for far too long. The trumped-up charges against him should be dropped immediately, along with the travel ban and assets freeze.’
Pratasevich has been detained (first in jail, now under “house arrest”) since May, when the Belarusian authorities forced his Ryanair flight to land in Minsk in order to arrest him.
“In Hungary, Poland and Turkey, increasing control of ruling parties over state-controlled companies, advertising agencies, media regulators, competition watchdogs and even the courts, has allowed for a steady intensification and diversification of campaigns against critical press.”
IFEX joins rights groups in calling for the immediate release of prominent human rights defender Dr. Abduljalil Alsingace who has been on hunger strike since 8 July 2021 to protest his mistreatment by prison authorities.