Latest Developments

Repression escalates as #Thisflag movement gathers momentum

Arrests and brutality by security forces are on the rise in Zimbabwe as increasingly numbers of people mobilise under the #Thisflag movement. Read more

Repression escalates as #Thisflag movement gathers momentum

Crackdown on Media continues and 100 protestors detained in Sudan

On 20th June, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) confiscated the daily newspaper Akhir Lahza, allegedly due to publishing a report that addressed organisational changes within the ruling National Congress Party (NCP). In a separate incident, sit-ins were organised on the first week of July in eastern Sudan's city of El Gedaref calling for improvements to the provision of services following floods during the rainy season. Security forces detained more than a hundred residents. Read more


LGBTI activists arrested during simultaneous demonstrations

Protests in Tblisi on 17th May resulted in the arrest of 10 LGBTI activists as religious conservatives held simultaneous demonstrations. Read more


Students protest heavy policing & government pressures paper to suspend journalist

Protests take place amid heavy police presence following the death of a student while the government forces l'Expression newspaper to suspend a journalist. Read more


Protestors Mobilise in Tirana as allegations of police surveillance emerge

Protests by the Cham community result in clashes with police as equipment found in police station sparks fears of surveillance of journalists in Albania. Read more


New regulations for civil society as threats continue against Italy's journalists

Reforms were passed on 18th June which could improve registration processes for CSOs; while journalists in Italy continue to face physical attacks, death threats and denial of information requests. Read more


Pre-emptive arrests curtail peaceful assembly in Kazakhstan

Anti-government protests inspired by the bill on 21st May were refused permission by the authorities. In the preceding days, organisers took to social media to coordinate support but were blighted by a spate of pre-emptive arrests by the state. Read more


Anti-terror law could restrict rights to association and peaceful assembly

A recently-enacted anti-terror law threatens basic freedoms as new assembly measures are introduced in advance of the Rio Olympics. Read more


Environmental Protest Turns Violent on Kerkennah Islands

Protests opposing the negative environmental impact of the fossil fuel industry on the Kerkennah Islands turned violent. Read more


Hate speech on the rise in Bulgaria - civil society

Bulgarian civil society organisations report a rise in hate speech as they attempt to combat efforts by vigilantes to violate migrant rights. Read more