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Despite international scrutiny, Vietnam continues to conduct surveillance, harass and jail activists

Despite the scrutiny at the UN and by the EU, the persecution of activists has continued over the last few months. Some have been jailed for their peaceful expression while others have been intimidated and harassed. Further, the draconian cyber security law came into force in January 2019. Read more

Despite international scrutiny, Vietnam continues to conduct surveillance, harass and jail activists

Two journalists shot dead in broad daylight

On 20th January 2019, Rafael Murúa Manríquez, a radio station director in Baja California Sur, was found dead on the side of the road after being reported missing. Read more

 Two journalists shot dead in broad daylight

Media censored, activists silenced and opposition weakened ahead of Thai elections

Ahead of the 24 March elections there have been continued reports of media outlets and journalists being censored, activists being silenced and criminalised and opposition politicians being targeted . Further, restrictive laws and decrees issued by the military junta have yet to be lifted. Read more

Media censored,  activists silenced and opposition weakened ahead of Thai elections


Political crisis undermines civic space freedoms

In the context of Venezuela's political, economic and humanitarian crisis, human rights defenders, opposition leaders and civil society organisations have been subjected to harassment and intimidation for their opposition to the government or for denouncing human rights violations. Read more

 Political crisis undermines civic space freedoms

Judicial harassment of Nauru 19 protesters continue

The appeals process for the Nauru 19 protesters prosecuted in 2015 were scheduled to start in December 2018 but has been delayed. In February 2019, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced that it will resume treating asylum seekers and refugees in the Australian offshore refugee detention centre on Nauru via video and phone. About 300 refugees remain on Nauru. Read more

Judicial harassment of Nauru 19 protesters continue

Radio Canelones attacked twice over the last months

Centro de Archivos y Acceso a la Información Pública (CAinfo) reported two attacks against Radio Canelones. Read more

Radio Canelones attacked twice over the last months

State briefly suspends PNG journalist after critical reporting at APEC summit

Papua New Guinea (PNG) hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Port Moresby in November 2018. Journalist Scott Waide was suspended briefly from his job at the state broadcaster for his reporting of the conference. Similarly, Chinese authorities blocked local and international media from covering some events around the meeting. In January 2019, soldiers held a protest over unpaid APEC allowances. In February 2019, two refugees on Manus Island received awards. Read more

State briefly suspends PNG journalist after critical reporting at APEC summit

Activists concerned about counter-terror laws while impunity for past crimes persists

Civil society groups have raised concerns about the anti-terror laws. A journalist was attacked by a police officer in Kokuvil East, while a police officer investigating attacks on journalists during former president Mahinda Rajapaksha’s tenure was arbitrarily transferred. There has also been a lack of progress for crimes against journalists and aid workers that occurred during the conflict. Read more

Activists concerned about counter-terror laws while impunity for past crimes persists