Latest Developments

Access to information law approved

The Togolese parliament approved a new access to information law however protests continued to be met with violence in Mango. Read more


Emergency decree allows restriction of CSO funding

The declaration of a “State of Exception and Economic Emergency” in Venezuela could have a negative impact on funding for organisations. Recent protests in Caracas and other regions of the country have been repressed and journalists covering such protests faced intimidation and harassment by security forces. Read more


Rare demonstration takes place in Damascus as conflict rages on

Protests were held in Damascus against increases in the price of fuel, but no cases of violence were reported. Attacks against journalists have continued and one journalist was killed while reporting on a Syrian government bombardment. Read more


Social media sites blocked as online freedom shrinks further

In April 2016, the North Korean regime announced a block on all major social media sites such as Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter. Read more


Reports: at least 17 unarmed protestors killed in late May

Despite legal protections, at least 17 unarmed protestors were reportedly killed by security forces in late May. Read more


Killing of human rights defenders worsens in 2016

The situation for human rights defenders in Colombia seems to be deteriorating. In the first week of March, five social leaders were assassinated. Minga movement protests have been repressed in recent months and journalists are facing higher risks while reporting, especially in conflict areas. Read more


Damning Commision of Enquiry report finds indications of crimes against humanity

A UN Commission of Enquiry found that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in Eritrea since 1991,” and that Eritrean government officials are responsible for crimes of enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearance, torture, other inhumane acts, persecution, rape and murder. Read more


Large protests met with violence in Baghdad

Peaceful protests that broke out in Baghdad’s green zone on May 20 2016 were met with lethal force by Iraqi security forces, including the use of rubber bullets, live ammunition and teargas canisters. Read more


Black Lives Matter Activist convicted of 'felony lynching'

The criminalisation of protesters in the USA was highlighted by the conviction of Black Lives Matter activist, Jasmine Richards for “felony lynching”. Read more


New law undermines civil and political rights

The Sovereign Security Act seriously undermines freedom of association in Nicaragua. The legislation also restricts the right to peaceful assembly as it gives discretionary powers to the police to prevent or stop any demonstration. Read more