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Women are the main victims of State repression

The Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional (Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, CCDHRN) reported an increase in the number of arbitrary detentions. Read more

Women are the main victims of State repression

Despite release of activists, suppression continues after ‘sham’ elections

After a 'sham' elections in July 2018, a number of activists were released. However suppression of freedom of expression and the conviction of HRDs have continued Read more

Despite release of activists, suppression continues after ‘sham’ elections

'They treat us inhumanely', said campesino leader Medardo Mairena from prison

Harassment and attacks against human rights defenders and social leaders in Nicaragua continue. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has granted precautionary measures to protect the rights of more than a hundred people "who are at serious and urgent risk of irreparable harm to their human rights". Read more

'They treat us inhumanely', said campesino leader Medardo Mairena from prison

Poland deports human rights activist as EU takes it to court over rule of law concerns

Lyudmyla Kozlovska, a Ukrainian activist based in Poland, has been deported and banned from entering the Schengen zone. Read more

Poland deports human rights activist as EU takes it to court over rule of law concerns

Turkmenistan: The state restricts fundamental rights to cover up crisis

As the serious economic crisis continues in Turkmenistan, the authorities try to cover up its impact by rigidly controlling state media, preventing citizens from accessing foreign sources of information and intimidating those who dare to speak out. Read more

Turkmenistan: The state restricts fundamental rights to cover up crisis

Civil Society Shines A Light on Embattled Civic Space

On 9th September 2018 Sudan announced a new prime minister. Faced with rising inflation, fuel and food prices, President Omar al-Bashir appointed Motazz Moussa to solve the country's deepening economic crisis. As previously reported in the CIVICUS Monitor, violent protests over economic concerns have been rife. Yet, there is no sign that Moussa will ease restrictions on civil society. Read more

Civil Society Shines A Light on Embattled Civic Space

Critics of military junta continue to be criminalised

The military junta continues to use sedition and other laws restricting expression and assembly against its critics. The courts have thrown out cases of criminal defamation filed by businesses. In the Deep South activists continue to be detained under martial law. Read more

Critics of military junta continue to be criminalised


Sliding downhill: concerns remain regarding the civic space situation despite releases

Several alarming developments regarding fundamental freedoms have occurred in Tajikistan in the period under review as the authorities continue to increase pressure on those who oppose, or who are perceived to oppose the government, as well as independent lawyers and journalists. Read more

Sliding downhill: concerns remain regarding the civic space situation despite releases

Libya: journalist abducted, tortured and murdered

On 31st July 2018, unidentified assailants kidnapped and killed a journalist in Sabha, southwestern Libya. Prior to being abducted, Musa Abdul Kareem, a journalist working for the news outlet Fasanea, had authored an article focusing on increasing insecurity and violence in Libya. Read more

Libya: journalist abducted, tortured and murdered