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Growing restriction and state violations against journalists covering continuous protests in France

As the “yellow vest” protests against inequality continue in France, in April 2019, President Emmanuel Macron signed into law the controversial “Anti-rioters” law that contains provisions restrictive to the freedom of assembly. The legislation gives security forces greater powers during demonstrations. Read more

Growing restriction and state violations against journalists covering continuous protests in France

Spain: Judicial proceedings against artists and a documentary filmmaker

During the time period covered by this update, from March to May 2019, a number of lawsuits were filed against artists and their work that has been deemed offensive or hurting religious feelings. Read more

Spain: Judicial proceedings against artists and a documentary filmmaker

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

Sudan death toll raises to 100 as security forces launched violent crackdown on peaceful protesters

Following the 3rd June 2019 violent crackdown by security forces on peaceful protesters camping outside the Sudan’s Defence Ministry in central Khartoum, 100 people have been reported killed so far. However, it is feared that the number of civilians killed since the operation against peaceful protesters on 3rd June, might be higher, as hundreds have been wounded, many suffering gunshots injuries, and some of the bodies have been thrown in the Nile river. Read more

Sudan death toll raises to 100 as security forces launched violent crackdown on peaceful protesters

Tunisia civic space under threat by emergency bill and attempts to undermine transitional justice

A repressive state of emergency draft bill is under discussion in parliament, while the state of emergency has been continuously extended for almost four years during which emergency powers have been abused resulting in human rights violations. The new bill could grant Tunisian authorities sweeping powers to repress civic rights. Additionally, in April, the Ministry of Human Rights and Relations with Civil Society distributed confidentially a proposal to parliament that would effectively ensure impunity for past gross human rights violations, many against peaceful protesters, and grant perpetrators amnesty, an attempt that will undermine victim's rights and civil society mobilisation for justice. Read more

Tunisia civic space under threat by emergency bill and attempts to undermine transitional justice

Maduro government continues to strangle opposition with repression and intimidation

In the fallout of opposition leader Juan Guaidó's address calling the population to take to the streets, there have been several reports of protesters injured and killed in Venezuela, as well as a crackdown on freedom of expression throughout the month of May 2019 - in particular through the strategic disruption of internet services. Opposition politician Edgar Zambrano was arrested for supporting Guaidó's uprising and one Human Rights Defender, Alexis Bustamante, has been reported missing. Read more

Maduro government continues to strangle opposition with repression and intimidation

Nepal attempts to tighten its grip on journalists and social media with new bills

In recent months, journalists have continued to be investigated and threatened for their reporting. In February 2019, a new Information Technology bill was introduced that threatens freedom of opinion and expression on social media while in May 2019 the government introduced a Media Council bill that could undermine press freedom in the country. Amendments to the National Human Rights Commission Act, proposed in April 2019 could weaken its role in ensuring justice for victims of human rights violations. Read more

Nepal attempts to tighten its grip on journalists and social media with new bills


Two journalists killed in Mexico and several facing attacks and harassment

On 20th February 2019, a radio show host and activist who advocated against a gas pipeline project was killed outside of his home just days before a vote on the project was scheduled. Read more

Two journalists killed in Mexico and several facing attacks and harassment