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Slow progress on human rights reforms as new government approaches 100-day mark

Despite commitments by the new government to implement a comprehensive program of legislative and institutional reform and strengthening human rights protections , progress has been slow Read more

Slow progress on human rights reforms as new government approaches 100-day mark

UN Special Rapporteur: anti-terror bill "falls short" of UK's rights obligations

UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, identified several problematic clauses in a draft counter-terrorism bill currently making its way through parliament Read more

UN Special Rapporteur: anti-terror bill "falls short" of UK's rights obligations

Environmental activism targeted by illegal poachers

On 31st July the environmental activist Alcides Parajeles reported to the National Assembly of Costa Rica the threats he has been receiving by illegal poachers for his work on the protection of endangered animal species. Read more

 Environmental activism targeted by illegal poachers

Workers protest over unpaid wages

A few protests took place in Belize, with no major incidents reported. Read more

Workers protest over unpaid wages

Draft Amendments to Public Benefit Law Under Discussion

Draft laws on public benefits being discussed by government; Increased engagement between government and NGOs; Baltic Pride takes place; Protest against proposed legislative ban on egg donation takes place . Read more

Draft Amendments to Public Benefit Law Under Discussion

Government removes criminal sanctions from "Holocaust Law"

On 27th June, through an expedited process the Polish parliament passed amendments to the "Holocaust Law" which removed criminal sanctions for claiming Poland's complicity with Nazi crimes during WWII. Read more

Government removes criminal sanctions from "Holocaust Law"

Criminalisation of free speech creating chilling effect, as elections draws near

The authorities have continued to use restrictive legislation to stifle the media and curtail the rights to freedom of expression, including by imposing sedition charges. Read more

Criminalisation of free speech creating chilling effect, as elections draws near

Repression of protests killed 15 people in 2018

Observatorio Venezolano de Conflictividad Social (Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict - OVCS) published a report of social protests in Venezuela for the first semester of 2018. 5,315 protests took place in the country. Read more

 Repression of protests killed 15 people in 2018

Amendments to media law could 'further restrict press in Belarus", according to the OSCE

The approval of legislative amendments in Belarus will further restrict media activities in the country, according to OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. Read more

Amendments to media law could 'further restrict press in Belarus", according to the OSCE