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Human rights groups decry deteriorating situation as peace agreement remains unimplemented

Violation of human rights still rampant as peace deal remains unimplemented, disappeared government critics and activists reported killed, as journalists and media outlets continue to face censorship and initmidation Read more

Human rights groups decry deteriorating situation as peace agreement remains unimplemented

National media regulator threatens weekly over publications on alleged corruption

Over the past few months, Congo's national media regulator, Conseil supérieur de la liberté de la communication (Superior Council for Freedom of Communication - CSLC) harassed the weekly Manager Horizon over a series of articles it published, said Reporters without Borders (RSF). Read more

National media regulator threatens weekly over publications on alleged corruption
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Laos increases controls on social media news sites while anti-land grab protesters jailed

In recent months, the authorities have tightened control of social media news sites, jailed anti-land grab protesters from two to six years and continue to persecute religious minorities. Read more

Laos increases controls on social media news sites while anti-land grab protesters jailed

Journalist sued for exposing Chinese meddling in Taiwan media

In recent months, civil society has documented the harassment of a seasoned journalist and legal amendments restricting freedom of movement. At the same time, Taiwan's parliament legalised same-sex marriage in a landmark vote in May 2019. Read more

Journalist sued for exposing Chinese meddling in Taiwan media

National Assembly adopts law restricting peaceful assembly

On 7th August 2019, Togo’s National Assembly modified the law that regulates the conditions for the exercise of peaceful meetings and protests of 16th May 2011, restricting the freedom of peaceful assembly in Togo. Read more

National Assembly adopts law restricting peaceful assembly
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Youth militias target fledgling opposition parties

Opposition party members continue to face harassment and intimidation from authorities and youth militias, independent media face suspension and revocation of licences. Read more

Youth militias target fledgling opposition parties
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Atlantic Council declared an undesirable organisation by authorities

On 25th July 2019, Russia’s Attorney General’s Office announced that the Washington-based think tank, the Atlantic Council, was declared an “undesirable organisation” on Russian territory. Read more

Atlantic Council declared an undesirable organisation by authorities

Tajikistan: International bodies alarmed at pressure on media and civil society

This update covers developments relating to civic space and the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly in Tajikistan from April to July 2019. International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) prepared the report as part of its cooperation with the CIVICUS Monitor. Read more

Tajikistan: International bodies alarmed at pressure on media and civil society

Respect for rights by police yet to be seen despite appointment of new head

violent dispersal of protests continue, as police continue to commit human rights abuses under the guise of counter-terrorrism, despite guarantees of reform by new police chief. LGBTIQ rights remain a challenge as court dismisses petition, while religious lobby group proposes probe into LGBTIQ financing Read more

Respect for rights by police yet to be seen despite appointment of new head

Prominent Hong Kong activists arrested after weeks of police violence at protests

In the last two months, there have been continued reports of excessive and unlawful force against protesters with some being arbitrarily arrested, harassment and attacks against journalists, attacks against protesters by thugs and the continued failure to hold the perpetrators to account. In the last 24 hours, three prominent activists have been arrested. Read more

Prominent Hong Kong activists arrested after weeks of police violence at protests