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Human rights defenders face threats and judicial harassment

The military court of Yaoundé found seven Anglophone activists guilty on several charges during a trial on 26th April. This includes Mancho Bibixy, a journalist for Bamenda FM who reported on the rights of Cameroonian Anglophone citizens, and worked with the civil society consortium to report human right violations. Read more

Human rights defenders face threats and judicial harassment

Several journalists killed and more than 1,600 protesters injured in Gaza

As we recently reported in the CIVICUS Monitor, excessive use of force by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) during the 'Land Day' or 'Great March of Return' protests has left at least 28 people dead and 1,600 protesters injured. A number of journalists have been targeted while covering the recent protests in Gaza. Read more

Several journalists killed and more than 1,600 protesters injured in Gaza

Unending restrictions on civic freedoms

In recent months, Turkey has continued to experience serious violations of freedom of expression. The Government has mainly relied on the legal system to target anyone who express critical opinion, including journalists, teachers, academics and others. Read more

Unending restrictions on civic freedoms

Pashtun protests continue despite pressure from authorities

Ethnic Pashtuns have been holding peaceful protests over the last few months to call for an end to human rights violations by authorities against the community . Editor of the human rights annual report was burgled and harassed. Pakistan TV channel Geo TV, was taken off the air in many parts of the country . A new report has found the mass surveillance of digital communications of journalists and human rights defenders is resulting in self-censorship in Pakistan

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Pashtun protests continue despite pressure from authorities

Proposed laws could criminalise whistle-blowers and silence civil society

Proposed changes to secrecy laws in Australia could criminalise whistle-blowers and journalists while a bill on foreign donations could suppress the voices of civil society Read more

Proposed laws could criminalise whistle-blowers and silence civil society

Passage of Digital Security Act could impose further restrictions on freedom of expression

The Bangladesh cabinet has approved a draft digital security law that could curb freedom of speech and expression as well as impede independent journalism. Read more

Passage of Digital Security Act could impose further restrictions on freedom of expression

Teachers strike due to pay freeze from IMF agreement

Mongolian teachers began an indefinite strike across the nation in November as part of an ongoing protest of a pay freeze due an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Threats from authorities often lead to self-censorship. The UN called for the enactment of a law to protect human right defenders. Read more

Teachers strike due to pay freeze from IMF agreement

NetzDG law enacted to combat hate speech but raises fears of censorship

A new German law came into force on 1st October 2017 which imposes fines on social networks that do not delete illegal content, including content deemed to be hate speech. Known as the Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG), the new law has generated considerable debate over free speech rights on the internet. Read more

NetzDG law enacted to combat hate speech but raises fears of censorship

International civil society puts pressure on Sudanese authorities to respect human rights

In addition to the international pressure on Sudanese authorities to improve respect for civic freedoms, on 21st September 2017 Human Rights Watch issued a letter to the UN Human Rights Council with 21 signatories from civil society detailing the worsening conditions for civil and political rights as well as crackdowns on protesters, human rights defenders, journalists and religious minorities. The joint letter urged Sudanese authorities to address the dire human rights situation. Read more

International civil society puts pressure on Sudanese authorities to respect human rights

Arrests, detentions and murders: Crackdown on media continues

As previously featured on the CIVICUS Monitor, Turkey's unrelenting clampdown on civil society throughout 2017 has been widely condemned. In keeping with this trend of repression, on 17th October 2017 the Turkish Parliament extended emergency powers for the fifth time since July 2016. Read more

Arrests, detentions and murders: Crackdown on media continues