On 29 September 2021, Rohingya human rights defender Mohib Ullah was shot and killed by unidentified individuals in Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Mohib Ullah arrived at his office in the Kutupalong camp around 8:30 PM when three armed individuals attacked him. The human rights defender sustained at least three gunshot injuries to his chest and was pronounced dead by the doctors after being taken to Kutupalong MSF Hospital.
On 12 July 2021, the Regional Trial Court of Davao del Norte dismissed the fabricated charge of murder filed against indigenous rights defender Windel Bolinget by the Tagum City Police.
On 21 January 2021, human rights defender Windel Bolinget presented himself before the National Bureau of Investigation in Baguio City following the filing of a fabricated murder case against him. The human rights defender is keen to prove his innocence and to access protection in a climate where extra-judicial killings of human rights defenders regularly take place
On 28 May 2020, human rights defender Ibrahim Ebrat succumbed to his injuries after he was shot by unknown assailants on 20 May 2020 while on his way home after his Ramadan prayers.
On 23 April 2020, the body of disappeared human rights defender and journalist Sajid Hussain was recovered from a river in Uppsala, Sweden. Sajid Hussain, a Pakistani journalist and Baloch rights activist, had sought refuge in Sweden as he was compelled to leave Pakistan in 2012 due to threats to his life. On 2 March 2020, the human rights defender went missing, after he was last seen boarding a train from Stockholm to Uppsala. His body was found nearly two months later.
On 17 June 2022, Chow Hang-tung announced that she will appeal the guilty verdict and sentence handed down against her for "inciting others to knowingly participate" in the banned Tiananmen Massacre vigil in 2021. The appeal hearing is scheduled to take place in the morning of 11 October 2022 at the High Court.
On 15 July 2022, the Bangladeshi Armed Police Battalion 16 conducted a raid at the house of Rohingya human rights defenders and journalists Saiful Arakani and Aziz Arakani in Nayapara Registered Camp. Unable to find them at the residence, the police physically assaulted and arrested the defenders’ father Sultan Ahmed and their brother-in-law Nur Bareq. While Sultan Ahmed was released by the police after four hours, Nur Bareq remains under detention for more than four days without being made to appear in court. He was also severely beaten and tortured in the custody of the police.
On 5 April 2022, unknown persons broke into the home of environmental human rights defenders Carlos Flores Solís and Miryam Vargas Teutle, members of the Frente de Pueblos en Defensa del Agua y de la Tierra de Morelos, Puebla y Tlaxcala (FPDATMPT). The raid occurred in the community of Santa María Zacatepec in the municipality of Juan C Bonilla, in the state of Puebla.
On 2 May 2021, human rights defender Dan Balucio and youth human rights defender Maria Jesusa “Sasah” Sta. Rosa were arrested in coordinated raids led by the police and military in the region of Bicol. Dan Balucio is currently detained at the Sto Domingo Police station and Maria Jesusa is detained at Police Station 2 in Naga City, where they both have access to their lawyers.
On 20 April 2021, officers from the Nicaraguan National Police detained, physically assaulted and threatened woman human rights defender Francys Valdivia Machado, her mother Francisca Machado and her friends Stephanie Martínez, Ana Rivera and Marcos Silva in the municipality of Estelí. The five were detained during a commemoration of the third anniversary of the murder of Franco Valdivia, Francys Valdivia Machado’s brother, during the national protests in 2018.
The arbitrary detention of human rights defender Ameen Fiddah continues following his arrest over a week ago. He faces charges in relation to Facebook posts criticizing mass killings by the Algerian military.
Approximately three weeks since he was last seen on, 5 March 2016, the whereabouts of human rights defender Mr Fidencio Gómez Sántiz remain unknown. He was last seen leaving his family in Ocosingo, Chiapas. The prominent local human rights organisations Comité Cerezo believes that Fidencio Gómez Sántiz's disappearance may have been carried out with the participation or acquiescence of Mexican law enforcement agents in what would constitute an enforced disappearance.
On 24 June 2022, woman human rights defender Chow Hang-tung attended the fourth committal proceeding in the “subversion of State power” case against the Hong Kong Alliance and its two former officers Lee Cheuk-yan and Albert Ho Chun-yan, which lasted an hour at the West Kowloon Magistrates Court.
On 29 June 2022, the West Kowloon Magistrates Court held the final committal proceeding in the case against woman human rights defender Chow Hang-tung in which she is facing the charge of "failing to comply with notice to provide information" as requested by the National Security Department of the Hong Kong Police Force in August 2021. This case will go to trial from 13-19 July 2022.
As of 31 December 2021, the West Kowloon Magistrates Court has rejected woman human rights defender Chow Hang-tung's bail applications for ten times.
On 14 April 2022, unknown persons carried out the third break-in this month into the home of environmental human rights defenders Juan Carlos Flores Solís and Miryam Vargas Teutle in the community of Santa María Zacatepec in the municipality of Juan C Bonilla, in the state of Puebla. The environmental human rights defenders are members of the Frente de Pueblos en Defensa del Agua y de la Tierra de Morelos, Puebla y Tlaxcala (FPDATMPT) in the municipality of Zacatepec de Hidalgo, in the state of Morelos.
The Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca (ACIN) has reported a new series of armed attacks and threats in Nasa indigenous territory in the department of Cauca. During the last weeks of January 2022, armed attacks by alleged outlawed groups have caused the death of three human rights defenders and kiwe thegnas (indigenous guards), Breiner David Cucuñame López, Guillermo Chicame Ipia and José Albeiro Camayo Güetio, in the Nasa Las Delicias indigenous reservation in the municipality of Buenos Aires.
On 25 September 2020, environmental rights defenders of the Khao Lao Yai-Pha Jun Dai forest conservation group were able to successfully reclaim land from a mining project in the Nongbua Lamphu Province. The project had long been impacting the health and environment of the community. This struggle against the mining project, that has lasted over two decades has come with numerous death threats and killings of members of the group. Most recently, since early August 2020, there have been increasing death threats against one of the group’s advisors, Lertsak Kumkongsak.
On 14 March 2020, the Supreme Public Prosecution lifted all precautionary measures imposed on woman human rights defender Amal Fathy.
On 10 February 2019, Cairo Criminal Court modified Amal Fathy’s probation to allow her to leave her home.
On 12 April 2020, human rights defender Hafez Omar was released from Ofer prison having completed a 13 month imprisonment sentence.
On 26 February 2020, the Ofer Military Court sentenced human rights defender Hafez Omar to 13 months imprisonment and a fine of 2000 NIS (approximately 520 Euros).
On 22 January 2020, Ofer Military Court extended the detention of human rights defender Hafez Omar until 26 February 2020.
On 6 February 2020, a group of unknown individuals violently attacked lawyer Marina Dubrovina and journalist Elena Milashina in the lobby of the Continent hotel in Grozny, Chechnya. The human rights defenders were in Grozny for the court hearing of Islam Nukhanov.
On 13 June 2017, Manikganj Judge, Mahbubur Rahman, filed a case under section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act against human rights defender, Golam Mujtaba Dhruba, for an article he published on 11 June 2017. The article reported on an argument which took place between court employees and a local family after a truck, rented by Judge Mahbubur in order to move his belongings, obstructed the road and prevented the family from driving their sick child to hospital.