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Following the peaceful transition of power, women push for gender equality

Thousands of women marched during the Velvel Revolution, demanding a change in government and for their rights to be respected. Read more

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Following the peaceful transition of power, women push for gender equality

Labour strikes and protests over indigenous land in New Zealand

In April 2018, thousands of nurses and other health workers took to the streets throughout the country to demand a wage increase and improved conditions. Over 300 people demonstrated in May 2018 against moves to begin building houses f on historic Maori land at Ihumatao. Read more

Labour strikes and protests over indigenous land in New Zealand

Scores of anti-war protesters prosecuted across Myanmar

In May 2018, scores of peaceful anti-war protesters, across major cities in Myamar, were arrested, charged or convicted. The protesters have been calling for the Myanmar military to ensure the protection and safe movement of civilians trapped by armed conflict in Kachin State Read more

Scores of anti-war protesters prosecuted across Myanmar

Blogger Naïm Touré sentenced to two months in prison

On 3rd July 2018, the Court of Ouagadougou sentenced Burkinabé cyberactivist Naïm Touré to a prison sentence of 2 months on charges of 'incitement to revolt'. Read more

Blogger Naïm Touré sentenced to two months in prison

New cybercrime law: an assault on freedom of expression

On 5th June 2018, Egypt's new Cybercrime law was officially ratified. As previously covered by CIVICUS Monitor, the new law has been widely condemned for granting the Egyptian authorities broad power to block and censor both online and print media. While the law has been lauded as a victory for freedom of expression by the Egyptian government, civil society groups have claimed it is an assault on freedom of expression which further strengthens the Egyptian authorities' stranglehold on critical dissent. In an already strained environment, the Egyptian authorities have blocked over 500 websites without legal basis over the past year. Read more

New cybercrime law: an assault on freedom of expression

Activists arrested and MP slain as Ugandans protest insecurity

In Uganda, arbitrary arrests of activists considered to hold dissenting opinions have become commonplace, targeting members of parliament, journalists and even unarmed protesters. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community had their meetings disallowed by authorities, while the government imposed a social media tax which raised concerns on its adverse effects on the freedom of expression. Read more

Activists arrested and MP slain as Ugandans protest insecurity

Protests in Argentina in support of legal abortion

Several protests took place in Argentina for several issues ranging from labour rights to women's reproductive rights. Read more

Protests in Argentina in support of legal abortion

Iranian authorities block Iran's most widely used messaging app

Human rights organisations called on the Iranian authorities to overturn a judicial decision to block the Telegram messaging app in Iran. The popular messaging app is currently used by an estimated 40 million Iranians and has soared in popularity since its release in 2015. Read more

Iranian authorities block Iran's most widely used messaging app

Australian media outlet barred from Pacific regional forum

On 2nd July 2018 the Nauruan government announced it would block the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) news outlet from attending to cover the Pacific Islands Forum in September 2018. Read more

Australian media outlet barred from Pacific regional forum