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Human Rights Activists convicted for Facebook posts

Lev Ponomaryov, human rights activist and the executive director of the organisation "For Human Rights", was sentenced to 25 days in administrative detention. Read more

 Human Rights Activists convicted for Facebook posts

Ongoing surveillance of NGO workers despite Presidential assurances on human rights

Due to recent events, it appears that civil society continues to be closely monitored and under surveillance. On 7th September 2018, during a funeral gathering in a café organised for the husband of human rights defender Rita Karasartova, human rights defenders Gulnara Dzhurabaeva, Dinara Oshurakhunova and Burul Makenbaeva found a recording device under the table where they were sitting. Read more

Ongoing surveillance of NGO workers despite Presidential assurances on human rights

'Escape the corset’ feminist movement challenging societal beauty standards

There is a growing movement of young women activists in South Korea who are challenging long-held beauty ideals. They call themselves the "escape the corset" movement. These are acts of rebellion against the constraints they feel society has imposed upon them Read more

'Escape the corset’ feminist movement challenging societal beauty standards

Media NGOs condemn abuses against journalists at the PDM rally

Media organisations issued a statement where they condemned that several media outlets were unable to cover the Democratic Party (PDM) rally held on 21st October 2018. Read more

Media NGOs condemn abuses against journalists at the PDM rally

Six years on, groups demand effective investigation into disappearance of activist Sombath Somphone

On the sixth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, over 100 civil society organisations worldwide called for the Lao government to conduct an independent, impartial, and effective investigation to reveal his fate and whereabouts. Read more

Six years on, groups demand effective investigation into disappearance of activist Sombath Somphone

Widespread protests in Sudan see excessive force and systematic repression of civic freedoms

Protesters were shot dead, dozens were injured as a result of use of excessive force, including live ammunition, by State security forces against protestors across Sudan over the past month. At least 816 people were arrested in connection with the demonstrations. Read more

Widespread protests in Sudan see excessive force and systematic repression of civic freedoms



Removal of blasphemy from constitution "an important step" for Ireland

During an October 2018 referendum, Voters decided by a large majority to remove the offence of blasphemy from Ireland's constitution. Read more

Removal of blasphemy from constitution "an important step" for Ireland