Stop Escalating Crackdown on LRSU Strikers 25 March 2022

  • 29/03/2022
  • Publications > Letters
Authorities have alarmingly escalated the use of violence and mass detention of union members in front of Naga World casino in recent weeks, as well as increasing restrictions placed on human rights monitors and journalists covering the authorities worsening crackdown. We, the undersigned civil society groups, urge the government to de-escalate the situation and stop the repeated intimidation of strikers, including driving them to various areas far from the city center and leaving them stranded there late at night. We are concerned by recent actions from authorities prohibiting human rights monitors and journalists from observing the continued use of violence against peaceful strikers, most of whom are women. On multiple occasions, authorities have barred human rights monitors and journalists from taking photographs or standing near the site of these heavy-handed detentions. Journalists have been threatened with arrest for covering the strike, and in several cases authorities have pushed monitors and journalists away as authorities violently drag strikers onto buses. They have also threatened to detain monitors alongside strikers at Covid-19 quarantine centers.