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Government poised to decriminalise libel

During a speech at the inaugural Media Cocktail, gathering over 120 journalists, editors and media owners, on 5th December 2018, President Julius Maada Bio said that his government was in 'an advanced stage' in the preparations to repeal part V of the 1965 Public Order Act that criminalises libel. Read more

Government poised to decriminalise libel

Peace deal in CAR : questions on ensuring accountability for war crimes and violations

On 6th February 2019, a peace deal was signed between 14 armed groups and the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) in the country's capital, Bangui, after 18 months of negotiations. The peace deal, negotiated under the auspices of the African Union, aims to end the civil war that has ravaged the country since 2013. All the parties to the accord denounce resorting to armed force to resolve differences, and commit to setting up an inclusive government. Read more

Peace deal in CAR : questions on ensuring accountability for war crimes and violations
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Public vilification of activism continues

International CSO, Human Rights Watch has drawn attention to the lack of media freedom and poor working environment for journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In its annual report, the group stated that independent outlets and journalists continue to face threats during their work. Read more

Public vilification of activism continues

Private security company hired by authorities to research anti-base protesters in Okinawa

In January 2019, a newspaper published a report that a private security company had been hired by the authorities in 2015 to conduct research and surveillance of protesters in Okinawa opposing the U.S. military base relocation. In the previous month, a court upheld the guilty verdict against an Okinawan for his anti-U.S. base activities while two Hong Kong activists were arrested in Tokyo for protesting at a war shrine. In March 2019, Human Rights Watch published a report on abuses against transgender people Read more

Private security company hired by authorities to research anti-base protesters in Okinawa

Protesters in Myanmar face arbitrary arrest, prosecution and excessive force

In the last few months, protesters have been arrested and prosecuted under the Penal Code and the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law for their activism. Some also faced excessive use of force by the police. Human rights groups also report the ongoing persecution of critics while the two Reuters journalists who were investigating the military crackdown of the Rohingya in 2017 have spent a year in jail. Read more

Protesters in Myanmar face arbitrary arrest, prosecution and excessive force


Assault and harassment of HRD highlight severe repression of civic space in Equatorial Guinea

On 15th March 2019, human rights activist and the Vice President of the CSO El Centro de Estudios e Iniciativas para el Desarrollo (CEID; Center of Studies and Initiatives for Development) Alfredo Okenve was prevented from receiving an award from the French and German embassies for his human rights work. On the morning of 15th March 2019, police officers arrested and interrogated Okenve's cousin, Joaquín Mangué Obama, on the whereabouts of Okenve in Malabo Read more

Assault and harassment of HRD highlight severe repression of civic space in Equatorial Guinea

Two journalists attacked by far-right extremists in Rome

On 7th January 2019, a reporter and a photographer from the Italian weekly magazine L’Espresso were harassed and assaulted by far-right extremists group. Read more

 Two journalists attacked by far-right extremists in Rome

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg inspires climate protest around the globe

Climate activist Greta Thunberg started a “school strike for climate” outside the Parliament of Sweden in August 2018, demanding real transformation and real commitment from politicians in order to save the earth from the devastating effects of climate change. Read more

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg inspires climate protest around the globe

Judicial harassment against the members of Open Russia movement

On 21st January 2019, the first criminal investigation under Article 284.1 of the Criminal Code (participation in the activities of an undesirable organisation) was filed against human rights defender Anastasia Shevchenko. Read more

Judicial harassment against the members of Open Russia movement