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UN experts alarmed over systematic targeting of civil society

On 28th September 2018, several UN experts including released a statement referring to the deteriorating space for civil society space in Egypt. The statement refers to the cases of several HRDs including Ms. Amal Fathy, Mr. Shadi al-Ghazali Harb, Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Radwan (also known as “Mohamed Oxygen”), Mr. Wael Abbas, and Mr. Haytham Mohamadein. Read more

UN experts alarmed over systematic targeting of civil society

Journalist and activist Bartolo Fuentes detained and deported to Honduras

On 16th October 2018, the Guatemalan police arrested Honduran journalist and activist Bartolo Fuentes. Fuentes entered Guatemala the previous day with the "Migrant Caravan" that began in the city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and was currently passing through Guatemala on its way to the United States. Read more

Journalist and activist Bartolo Fuentes detained and deported to Honduras

Activists fear Rajapaksa’s return to power

Human rights groups have raised fears about a return to past abusive practices in the country after Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed as President . Rajapaksa’s previous administration was implicated in serious human rights violations during the final stages of Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war and in suppression of freedoms of the media, expression, and association
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Activists fear Rajapaksa’s return to power

Tensions run high amid name change debate

Macedonia's name has stirred controversy in 2018. In a long-running dispute with Greece, Macedonian authorities have been locked in discussions with their neighbour over the country's name. On 20th October 2018, the Macedonian Parliament voted in favour of renaming the country. The move effectively starts Macedonia's road to joining the EU and NATO. In this update, we detail the key developments related to civic space during this period. Read more

Tensions run high amid name change debate

Fracking protestors jail sentence overturned on appeal

Three environmental protestors were released after an appeals court overturned their custodial sentence for public nuisance. Read more

Fracking protestors jail sentence overturned on appeal

Interview: Civil society activist speaks about situation of civic freedoms in Timor-Leste

CIVICUS interviews José Luis Sampaio, the Director of Timor-Leste's Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP) in Timor-Leste Read more

Interview: Civil society activist speaks about situation of civic freedoms in Timor-Leste

Police charged for unjustified use of violence, as Romanian politicians blame protestors

In late September, Romanian prosecutors charged a number of senior police officers over the use of violence during a protest in Bucharest on 10th August. Read more

Police charged for unjustified use of violence, as Romanian politicians blame protestors

Civil society activists among those killed in violence around elections

The Afghan parliamentary elections was held on 20 October 2018 amid violent attacks against civilians, candidates and activists Read more

Civil society activists among those killed in violence around elections

Victory for indigenous and environmental groups protesting a controversial pipeline project

Indigenous and environmental groups who have been protesting a controversial pipeline project in British Columbia for years claimed a victory in their campaign to halt the project. Read more

Victory for indigenous and environmental groups protesting a controversial pipeline project

Turkey's Civic Space Bulletin

In this special edition update, we cover some key developments in Turkey over the past few months. Covering the period from April - September 2018, we detail the worrying constriction of civic freedoms. In particular, we note the use of restrictive legislation to harass, detain and prosecute dissidents and activists. Read more

Turkey's Civic Space Bulletin