release of HRDs

Thousands still detained as state of emergency continues to deny rights

Mass arrests, arbitrary detentions and restrictions on civic rights have continued unabated under Ethiopia's state of emergency. Read more

Thousands still detained as state of emergency continues to deny rights

President releases journalist who exposed corruption

On 15th November, Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein was arrested when arriving in Panama because of an article he wrote exposing corruption. Read more

President releases journalist who exposed corruption

Belarusian authorities face criticism for continued curtailment of civic rights

The Belarusian security forces' unwarranted interference during protests is a fundamental barrier to the enjoyment of civic rights. Read more

Belarusian authorities face criticism for continued curtailment of civic rights

Perils of investigative reporting show no signs of improving in Montenegro

Investigative reporters in Montenegro face serious threats as a result of their work, with numerous reports drawing attention to a culture of impunity for crimes against journalists. Read more

Perils of investigative reporting show no signs of improving in Montenegro

7 more CSOs refused FCRA licenses in India

As previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, the Foreign Contributions and Regulations Act (FCRA) has caused confusion amongst civic groups operating in India. Read more

7 more CSOs refused FCRA licenses in India

Spotlight on rights of migrant workers in Lebanon

The lack of rights for migrant workers has caused controversy in Lebanon lately. The deportation of prominent migrant worker's rights, Sujana Rana on 10th December has drawn attention to the struggle of many excluded from basic human rights. Read more

Spotlight on rights of migrant workers in Lebanon

Tougher laws choke civil society independence in Bangladesh

The authorities in Bangladesh have continued their harassment of civil society through the new legislation designed to choke independent civil society. Read more

Tougher laws choke civil society independence in Bangladesh

No let up in Russian authorities' harassment of civil society

On 2nd October, the international branch of the human rights group Memorial was designated as a 'foreign agent' by the Justice Ministry of the Russian Federation. Read more

No let up in Russian authorities' harassment of civil society

South Africa rescues reputation as human rights champion in SOGI vote

Prior to a UN Vote, South African authorities were criticised for an unclear stance on LGBTI issues in international fora. Read more

South Africa rescues reputation as human rights champion in SOGI vote

Pattern of free speech violations continues in Somalia

One journalists was killed and several arrested in September and October. Read more

Pattern of free speech violations continues in Somalia