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Police denies permission to protest, while election outcome sparks violence

Ahead of elections, the police denied requests to hold protests. Subsequent, protests turned violent on 24 April 2019 after Manasseh Sogavare was voted at the Prime Minister for the fourth time. Women continue to be under-represented in parliament with only two seats in the April elections. Read more

Police denies permission to protest, while election outcome sparks violence

EU continues support to CSOs, activists march in support of prominent Iranian WHRD

On 19th March 2019, it was reported that a dozen Armenian activists organised a protest in front of the Iran Embassy in Yerevan. Read more

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EU continues support to CSOs, activists march in support of prominent Iranian WHRD

Escalating concerns over right to privacy and freedom of expression on the net in South Korea

In March 2019, South Korea has introduced an internet filtering system to block user accounts that is raising concerns among privacy and freedom of expression activists. In the same month, a journalist was targeted for an article critical of the President, while women rights activists celebrated International Women’s day by protesting against the gender wage gap. In February 2019, protesters commemorate the death of a survivor and campaigner against sexual slavery during World War II. Read more

Escalating concerns over right to privacy and freedom of expression on the net in South Korea

30th April 2019: another peak in repression

The escalating tensions in Venezuela caused by the dispute of power between Juan Guaido and the ruling party have witnessed an increase in violations of civic freedoms. 30th April 2019, began as a day which could have marked the return of democracy to Venezuela. Opposition leader and interim President, Juan Guaidó appeared in the streets with the opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez who was previously sentenced to 14 years in prison and held under house arrest. The two politicians called for Venezuelans to take the streets and demand that Nicolas Maduro step down from power. Read more

30th April 2019: another peak in repression


Arbitrary arrests, judicial harassment and attacks on activists and critics in India persist

Over the last few months, there has been the continued use of restrictive laws such as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Sedition Act to harass, criminalise and detain activists and silence dissent. Cases have also been documented of attacks and ill-treatment of activists by the police, attacks on journalists and at least one case of an activist that has gone missing. Read more

Arbitrary arrests, judicial harassment and attacks on activists and critics in India persist



Singapore parliament passes ‘Online Falsehoods Bill’ despite civil society concerns

The ‘Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill’ to combat fake news was submitted to parliament in April 2019 and has been tabled for a second reading in May despite concerns it could stifle freedom of expression. Activist Jolovan Wham was sentenced to a fine or days in prison, in February 2019 for organising an ‘illegal assembly’ and for contempt of court in April 2019. Singapore has remained ranked at a dismal 151st spot out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index released in April 2019 Read more

Singapore parliament passes ‘Online Falsehoods Bill’ despite civil society concerns

Abelino Chub Caal released amid increasing attacks against HRDs

On 26th April 2019, the land rights defender Abelino Chub Caal was found not guilty for charges of 'aggravated land grabbing' (usurpación agravada), 'arson' (incendio), 'coercion' (coacción), 'illicit association' (asociación ilícita) and belonging to 'illicit armed groups' (agrupaciones ilegales de gente armada). He had been held in detention for over 800 days since his initial arrest. Read more

Abelino Chub Caal released amid increasing attacks against HRDs