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New NGO law welcomed as challenges to civic space remain

On 23rd March, the Slovenian parliament passed a new NGO law which, for the first time, allows all categories of NGOs to apply for public benefit status. Read more

New NGO law welcomed as challenges to civic space remain


Mali - third African country to adopt law on protection of HRDs

On 12th January 2018, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita enacted the Law on Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), which was approved by Mali's parliament on 13th December 2017. The law, initially adopted by the Council of Minister in January 2017, comes after years of persistent advocacy and negotiation by Malian civil society groups. Read more

Mali - third African country to adopt law on protection of HRDs


Blasphemy law scrapped as Denmark retains healthy press freedom ranking

Denmark continues to perform well on international press freedom index, although some are concerned about the potential effects of harmful speech blacklists and increased surveillance. Read more

Blasphemy law scrapped as Denmark retains healthy press freedom ranking

Police fire tear gas at peaceful demonstrators, including persons with disabilities

Although some positive commitments were made regarding freedom of expression, human rights defenders are still facing challenges in Peru and peaceful protests repressed. Read more

Police fire tear gas at peaceful demonstrators, including persons with disabilities

Lethal force used against farmers as drought drives protest

The worst drought in 140 years in Southern India has driven farmers to protest against the lack of government assistance to help those in need. Read more

Lethal force used against farmers as drought drives protest