criminal defamation

Freedom of expression restrictions cast a cloud over presidential election

In a preliminary statement of findings, an international election observation mission led by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) concluded that the election was “competitive” and provided for an “orderly transfer of power”, while raising concerns about “cases of misuse of public resources, pressure and vote buying”. Read more

Freedom of expression restrictions cast a cloud over presidential election

Madagascar: "Almost if not all environmentalists are under threat"

As alerted by Front Line Defenders, environmental human rights defender Raleva was arbitrarily detained on 27th September in Vohilava village, and transferred 4 days later to a prison in Mananjary. Raleva, a member of the human rights organisation - Justice et Paix and Observatoire Independant des Droits Economiques, Sociaux et Culturels à Madagascar (OIDESCM), had been active in advocating for communities affected by the gold mining by a Chinese company Mananjary district. Raleva was arrested during a public meeting, organised by local authorities to announce the start of gold mining activities in Marokarima community, as he demanded that local authorities show the permit thereof, as the Head of District ordered earlier in 2017 the end of all gold mining activities in Mananjary district. He is accused of using the title of 'Head of District' during the public meeting. Read more

Madagascar: "Almost if not all environmentalists are under threat"

Intimidation, prosecution and detention: closing spaces for dissent in Thailand

The prosecution academics after conference in Chiang Mai has prompted an outcry from domestic and international civil society groups. In July, organiser Dr Chayan Vaddhanaphuti along with Pakawadee Veerapatpong, Chaipong Samnieng, Nontawat Machai, and Thiramon Bua-ngam were summoned by authorities after the 13th International Conference on Thai Studies held from 15th to 18th July 2017. Read more

Intimidation, prosecution and detention: closing spaces for dissent in Thailand

Criminalisation of speech on the rise in Uruguay in recent months

New criminal cases against journalists and media outlets were brought during the last months in Uruguay. Read more

Criminalisation of speech on the rise in Uruguay in recent months

UN decisions set important precedents in view of unrelenting rights violations

During this period, UN human rights bodies announced two important, precedent-setting decisions with respect to the exercise of fundamental freedoms in Kazakhstan. At the same time, the pattern of criminal prosecution of critical voices continued, with charges of economic crimes, “incitement” of discord and defamation being used for retaliatory purposes. One outspoken social media user continued to be held in psychiatric detention, while one activist fled the country due to pressure. New, restrictive draft legislation affecting the activities of media and religious communities were under consideration, and authorities continued to interfere with the rights of residents to peacefully gather and voice concerns. Read more

UN decisions set important precedents in view of unrelenting rights violations

Pressure on critical voices mounts ahead of October presidential election

International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and the Legal Prosperity Foundation (LPF) prepared this update on civic space developments in Kazakhstan between June and August 2017. Major developments covered include: punitive fines in defamation lawsuits over articles critical of the president; pressure on journalists, including a journalist charged with inciting inter-ethnic hatred; the banning of a TV-station linked to the opposition for the alleged dissemination of extremist material; continued threats against the family home of human rights defender Azimjan Askarov; and a court decision prohibiting protests at key locations ahead of the 15th October presidential election. Read more

Pressure on critical voices mounts ahead of October presidential election

Journalist acquitted of defamation charges

Lookmann Sawadogo, director of publications for the newspaper Le Soir, was aquitted by the Court of First Instance in Ouagadougou for charges of defamation under the Penal Code on 10th August 2017. Read more

Journalist acquitted of defamation charges

Journalist and trade unionist charged with defamation for criticising an arbitrary arrest

Trade unionist Marcel Libama, strategic advisor for the confederation Dynamique unitaire and leader of the union Conasysed (Convention nationale des syndicats du secteur éducation) was arrested on 15th June 2017 in Tchibanga, on charges of defamation. Read more

Journalist and trade unionist charged with defamation for criticising an arbitrary arrest

Pipeline protestors met with force by Italian police

Protestors opposing the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline in southern Italy have been met with force by Italian police. Read more

Pipeline protestors met with force by Italian police

Protesters mobilise against proposed constitutional revisions

Several protests took place in Mali since the adoption of a draft law seeking to change the Constitution in the night of 2nd and 3rd June 2017, with a planned referendum on the question on 9th July 2017. According the Government, the revision is necessary to be able to implement some of provisions of the peace agreement of 2015, signed between the Government and the Touareg-led rebel alliance and foresees the creation of a Senate and a Court of Auditors. Read more

Protesters mobilise against proposed constitutional revisions