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Security forces accused of killings, mass arrests during electoral violence

Several activists from civil society and the political opposition were jailed in the run up to elections on 27th August. As its results were contested after the election, violence increased leading to increased repression. Read more

Security forces accused of killings, mass arrests during electoral violence

High Court upholds ban on protests

Provisions of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) were used to ban protests in the Capital City Harare in September. Read more

High Court upholds ban on protests

Peaceful protests continue in Suriname

Protests by students and indigenous land rights groups were recently conducted peacefully in Suriname. Read more

Peaceful protests continue in Suriname

Conditions for protest deteriorate in South Korea

The recent death of farmer and activist Baek Nam-gi on 26th September sent shock waves through South Korean and international civil society. The farmer was struck in the head by a water cannon operated by security forces, while participating in a protest that turned violent on 14th November 2015. Read more

Conditions for protest deteriorate in South Korea

Critical civil society threatened by new NGO bill in Congo

An NGO bill currently for parliamentary consideration has been severely criticised by organised civil society for limiting civil society freedoms and allowing for excessive state interference with CSO activities.
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Critical civil society threatened by new NGO bill in Congo

Protests against building of the Great Canal continue in Nicaragua

Protests against the building of the great canal in Nicaragua continue with a heavy police presence. Read more

Protests against building of the Great Canal continue in Nicaragua

Conflict with Russia causes restrictions on media freedoms

The armed conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, the occupation of Crimea and the Russian support for separatists in Donbas have led to a large-scale media war and to the adoption of restrictions against media in Ukraine. Read more

Conflict with Russia causes restrictions on media freedoms

Tensions in Kashmir Reach Boiling Point

As the death toll reaches over 90, and with thousands of civilians injured, the conditions for civic activism in the Kashmir region are closing rapidly under pressure from the authorities. While protests rage, clashes between protesters and security forces have become a regular occurrence. Read more

Tensions in Kashmir Reach Boiling Point

Independent expression under threat in Macedonia

The unwarranted harassment of independent journalists continues in Macedonia. An aggressive stance by government officials against independent journalists is not uncommon and severely undermines the efficacy of investigative journalism in the country. Read more

Independent expression under threat in Macedonia

Journalist killed as situation for independent media worsens in Jordan

On 25th September journalist Nahed Hattar was shot dead outside a court in Amman. He was facing charges of “offending religion” and “inflaming religious feelings” under Jordan’s blasphemy laws. Read more

Journalist killed as situation for independent media worsens in Jordan