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Regressive changes to social security system lead to protests and a brutal crackdown

At least 25 people died during protests in Nicaragua over the government's plans to change the social security system. Several protesters were reported injured and detained. Read more

Regressive changes to social security system lead to protests and a brutal crackdown

Authorities deny permit for union march once again

The Fiji Trade Union Congress were refused a second time by the national authorities, to hold a peaceful protest march . The sedition trial of Fiji Times is ongoing. Opposition parliamentarians continue to face politically motivated allegations Read more

Authorities deny permit for union march once again

Release of HRDs involved in 2011 storming of National Assembly

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, the prosecution of protesters involved in the storming of the national assembly in 2011 have come to epitomise Kuwaiti authorities' approach to protest rights. Read more

Release of HRDs involved in 2011 storming of National Assembly

Concerns over Georgia's future given slight decline in democracy score

Freedom House recently released its latest Nations in Transit report for 2018. In regards to the future of Georgian civil society, the report mentions that civil society organisations (CSOs) will continue influencing political processes throughout 2018, but it is unclear whether Georgia’s media landscape, which suffered from political interference and pressure in 2017, will recover this year. Read more

Concerns over Georgia's future given slight decline in democracy score

Counter protest held in response to pro-Nazi march in February

On 17th February, counter protesters marched under the slogans “No to Nazis on our Streets” and “No to a Fortress Europe”. The march was a counter protest to the Lukov March that usually takes place in February to commemorate a pro-Nazi Bulgarian general who led the pro-Nazi Germany Union of Bulgarian National Legions from the 1930s until his assassination in February 1943. Read more

Counter protest held in response to pro-Nazi march in February

Journalists obstructed from polling stations in March general elections

During the legislative and municipal elections, civil society organizations documented 25 freedom of the press violations. Read more

Journalists obstructed from polling stations in March general elections

Government plans to profile NGOs as NGO Bill remains under consideration

On 4th April, the Nigerian government announced its plan to profile NGOs “to ensure compliance with regulations against money laundering and terrorist financing”. Read more

Government plans to profile NGOs as NGO Bill remains under consideration

Latvia's rating downgraded to Narrowed

Following a number of months in which the government has sought to reduce space for the free exercise of civic freedoms, and closed off access to government for civil society organisations, the CIVICUS Monitor has downgraded Latvia from Open to Narrowed. Read more

Latvia's rating downgraded to Narrowed

Protests over corruption rock South Africa prior to Zuma's departure in February

On 14th February 2018, President Jacob Zuma announced his resignation after nearly nine years in power, a move prompted by an ultimatum from his party - the African National Congress (ANC) - which had ordered him to resign or face a vote of no confidence. As reported previously on the Monitor, frustration with Zuma's corrupt practices and misuse of public funds had sparked multiple protests across the country. Read more

Protests over corruption rock South Africa prior to Zuma's departure in February

Students protesters attacked as ruling party cracks down on dissent

In early April 2018, the police together with the student wing of the ruling party unleashed violence against students protesting in Dhaka against the quota system. Read more

Students protesters attacked as ruling party cracks down on dissent