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Space for trade unions and workers to organise continues to close in Egypt

A new law governing trade unions has alarmed human rights groups in Egypt. Despite strong criticism, the law was officially approved on 5th December 2017. Although Egyptian authorities claim that provisions within the law align with international best practices and standards, others have criticised the fact that it would dissolve all independent trade unions and ban international funding of unions. Read more

Space for trade unions and workers to organise continues to close in Egypt

Worrying new law could threaten social media users' free expression

Freedom of expression continues to face serious threats in Kuwait. In recent weeks the authorities have sentenced independent journalists, bloggers and social media users for defending freedom of expression or for criticising other Gulf states. In this context, there are also worrying reports that Kuwaiti authorities are planning to introduce a new law regulating social media which could further undermine the right to freedom of expression. Read more

Worrying new law could threaten social media users' free expression

New law censuring certain online content could restrict free expression

A new law has caused concern among civil society organisations because of its potential impact on freedom of expression online. The law aims to fight hate and discrimination; however, some of the provisions do not comply with international standards on safeguarding freedom of expression. Read more

New law censuring certain online content could restrict free expression

Civil society considers proposed "Stop Soros" laws "deceitful"

A new package of laws, dubbed the "Stop Soros" laws, has been proposed in Hungary in the lead up to election on 8th April. Read more

Civil society considers proposed "Stop Soros" laws "deceitful"

Attacks on fundamental freedoms continue in the lead up to elections

New legislative changes proposed in Cambodia could further restrict civic space in the lead up to elections. The justice system continues to be misused to criminalise activists and government critics. Read more

Attacks on fundamental freedoms continue in the lead up to elections

Civil society alarmed over blocking of critical websites

Belarusian journalists, human rights groups and independent media outlets have raised their voices against the government's decision to block certain online news and information portals as an assault on freedom of expression. Read more

Civil society alarmed over blocking of critical websites

Concerns over public vilification of civil society in Slovenia

In September 2017, 65 European and international NGO networks wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Miro Cerar asserting that the "organised pressure, as well as the media campaign against civil society organisations raise high concerns about the democratic processes in Slovenia..." Read more

Concerns over public vilification of civil society in Slovenia

Anti-US base activist faces imprisonment as Okinawa protests continue

Anti-US base activist Hiroji Yamashiro is facing a 2.5 year prison sentence as protests continue in Okinawa. Read more

Anti-US base activist faces imprisonment as Okinawa protests continue

Incidents of state surveillance of journalists reported in media

A report by media organisation El Faro reveals the use of a government institution to monitor the work of journalists. Read more

Incidents of state surveillance of journalists reported in media

Crackdown on newspapers and TV stations publicising critical views continues

On 24th October 2017, the Tanzanian government suspended another newspaper - the Swahili-language Tanzania Daima - for a period of 90 days, due to allegations of publishing false news. This was the fourth newspaper banned in 2017, Read more

Crackdown on newspapers and TV stations publicising critical views continues