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EU signs trade deal with Vietnam despite ongoing suppression of civic freedoms

Despite criticism from civil society, on 30th June 2019, the European Union and Vietnam on signed a free trade deal . In the last few months, civil society has documented arrests and prosecution of individuals for their peaceful expression in Vietnam, the disappearance of activists and long sentences handed down to protesters. Read more

EU signs trade deal with Vietnam despite ongoing suppression of civic freedoms

Misuse of ICCPR Act and judicial system to stifle freedom of expression in Sri Lanka

In the last few months, a number of individuals have been arrested and charged under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act of 2007 for the peaceful expression of their views. Further, contempt of courts proceedings have been brought against academic and activist Sarath Wijesuriya and an intelligence office linked in the killing of a journalist has been reinstated. Following the April 2019 attacks social media was blocked temporarily. Read more

Misuse of ICCPR Act and judicial system to stifle freedom of expression in Sri Lanka

Civic freedoms in Cuba becoming increasingly restrained

Cuba continues to use arbitrary detention and harassment as strategies to restrict civic space. A frequent target of such tactics, organization Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) reported that 26 of their members were arrested on 23rd of June on their way to Sunday Masses, which were organised as rites of prayer for the freedom of political prisoners. Read more

Civic freedoms in Cuba becoming increasingly restrained

Lack of accountability for Pashtun rights protesters killed and injured in North Waziristan

In the last few months, state repression against the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) a mass movement promoting the rights of the Pashtun people has persisted as well as journalists covering the movement. Human rights defender Gulalai Ismail remains at risk of arrest for her activism, journalists are being monitored on social media and despite commitments by the authorities to address enforced disappearances including of activists, progress has been slow. Read more

Lack of accountability for Pashtun rights protesters killed and injured in North Waziristan


Government intensifies crackdown following January 2019 protests

The government has intensified arrests of activists and opposition leaders accused of having being part of the January 2019 protests. Doctors and lawyers who assisted protesters threatened. Journalists harassed and threatened while covering a story at Harae hospital, activists arrested and detained while returning to the country at the airport
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Government intensifies crackdown following January 2019 protests


New crackdown on opposition protests: at least 350 arrested after defying protest ban

Administrative authorities denied, on several occasions, protests by Cameroon's main opposition party Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun (MRC), to demand the immediate release of the party's leader Maurice Kamto and other MRC supporters. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), at least 350 people were arrested when the MRC members and supporters tried to hold protest on 1st June 2019 in several cities in Cameroon, in defiance of the ban that authorities imposed on grounds of 'risk of disturbing public order'. Read more

New crackdown on opposition protests: at least 350 arrested after defying protest ban

Despite progress on HRD bill, attacks against activists and media persist in the Philippines

A Human Rights Defenders bill moved closer to become law in June 2019 after it was approved by the House of Representatives. Despite this, the UN says the situation of human rights continues to deteriorate. In March 2019, more charges were filed against critical news outlet Rappler while in April 2019, activist Bernardino Patigas was killed by an unknown gunman. Further, NGOs are facing scrutiny under the guise of fighting terrorism and money laundering and are taking the threats against them to the Supreme Court. Read more

Despite progress on HRD bill, attacks against activists and media persist in the Philippines