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Iranian authorities target human rights lawyers, while activists remain in detention

several environmentalists remain in detention for 6 months without any charges, while human rights lawyers are arrested and barred from retaining clients for being critical to the judiciary, and for representing protesters. Read more

Iranian authorities target human rights lawyers, while activists remain in detention

Protests Against Law Banning Full-Face Coverings

Denmark approves law banning full-face coverings, protests follow. First fine issued following enactment of the law. Read more

Protests Against Law Banning Full-Face Coverings

Civil society: no amnesty for war crimes or crimes against humanity during 2010-2011 crisis

On 6th August 2018, President Alassane Ouattara announced to give amnesty, in the name of national reconciliation, to about 800 people who were convicted or accused of crimes during the 2010-2011 post-election violence. The amnesty extends to the wife of ex-president Gbabo, Simone Gbagbo. Read more

Civil society: no amnesty for war crimes or crimes against humanity during 2010-2011 crisis

New security laws will have a chilling effect on freedom of expression, says civil society

In June 2018, the Australian parliament passed new security laws which civil society groups believe would have a severely chilling effect upon free speech Read more

New security laws will have a chilling effect on freedom of expression, says civil society

Trade union leader arrested for insulting royals on social media

In June 2018, the secretary general of a Spanish trade union was arrested for insulting the Crown on social media. Read more

Trade union leader arrested for insulting royals on social media

Activists call for reform after peace deal with Ethiopia

Eritrea signs a new peace deal with Ethiopia. human Rights groups call for an end to restrictions on human rights and freedoms in the wake of the new developments. However, crackdowns on freedom of religion and conscience continue Read more

Activists call for reform after peace deal with Ethiopia

Government Ends Plans to Build Pulp Mill Following Protest

Protest against building of pulp mill leads to termination of plans; stricter standards for GDPR proposed. Read more

Government Ends Plans to Build Pulp Mill Following Protest

Soldiers deployed in opposition protests: at least 6 people killed

Hopes for a new Zimbabwe were dashed with the subsequent post-election violence, including excessive violence by security forces during opposition protests on 1st August (see under Peaceful Assembly) and a subsequent crackdown on opposition members and supporters (see under Association). Read more

Soldiers deployed in opposition protests: at least 6 people killed