Ecuador Overview

For ten years, the government of Rafael Correa created a hostile environment for journalists and civil society activists and organisations, including the frequent stigmatization and persecution of journalists. This situation is improving since Lenin Moreno was elected President in April 2017. Read more


Taiwan is a stable democracy that has allowed three peaceful transfers of power between rival parties since 2000, and that has enshrined fundamental freedoms into its constitution. Read more

Latvia - Overview

Latvia maintains a mostly enabling space in which civic freedoms can be exercised. Civil society is however small in size due to limited financing and limited popular support. Read more


With increasing political polarisation in Bolivia, the work of civil society and journalists is being negatively affected. Civic space in Bolivia has narrowed as a result of the introduction of funding restrictions, the selective application of administrative requirements for CSOs and a combination of propaganda which damages the image of the civil society sector. Read more


In December 2014, Cuba and the United States declared the reestablishment of their long-severed diplomatic relations, yet most restrictions on the basic freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression remain in place in Cuba. Read more


Civic space is protected in law but government intimidation and over-zealous policing in Malawi impede activism and civil society organisations’ operations in practice. Read more


Costa Rica has long provided an environment where a pluralistic and diversified civil society has been able to develop and influence government decision-making processes. Read more


*Please note that updates on the Somalia page also cover developments in Somaliland*

The long-running conflict involving armed group Al-Shabaab and the Somali government, in addition to smaller conflicts with warlords over access to resources, continues to have a damaging effect on citizen’s basic freedoms,... Read more


Civil society activism in Honduras is constrained by high levels of inequality and social exclusion, the increasing penetration of drug trafficking, organised crime and street gangs, and one of the world’s highest homicide rates. Read more