release of HRDs

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

South Sudan conflict continues to fuel attacks on media, civil society

A UN mission warned of continuing threats to civil society as the state shut down an English-languge newspaper in September. Read more

South Sudan conflict continues to fuel attacks on media, civil society


Human Rights Defenders face judicial harassment

Human rights defenders are being detained and convicted for their legitimate human rights work and have been sentenced on charges kept secret from them and their lawyers. Read more

Human Rights Defenders face judicial harassment

Syrian conflict claims lives of eight media workers in September

Journalists and media workers continue to be the target of attacks by all sides of the conflict. Read more

Syrian conflict claims lives of eight media workers in September

UN Committee Against Torture examined Kuwait’s record

UN Committee Against Torture released Kuwait concluding observations under the CAT. Read more

UN Committee Against Torture  examined Kuwait’s record

Egypt continues its systematic repression of human rights activists, journalists and protestors

On 15th August, the Cairo Criminal Court in Zeinhom postponed a ruling on the freezing of assets belonging to the leaders of several of Egypt's most prominent human rights groups. Read more

Egypt continues its systematic repression of human rights activists, journalists and protestors