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Civil society calls for all restrictions to be lifted ahead of elections as persecution continues

As Thailand inches closer to holding long-delayed elections, peaceful protesters , government critics and opposition politicians continue to face investigations and charges Read more

Civil society calls for all restrictions to be lifted ahead of elections as persecution continues

Civil society highlights repressive sedition law in submission to UN

In October 2018, civil society groups made a submission on Brunei to the UN Human Rights Council highlighting restrictions to freedom of speech. Read more

Civil society highlights repressive sedition law in submission to UN

Mexican activist expelled from Panama while in transit

On 1st October 2018, Alejandro Cerezo, a Mexican human rights defender was expelled from Panama, while he was in transit to an event in Paraguay. Read more

Mexican activist expelled from Panama while in transit

Repressive laws and tactics used to silence critics as Bangladesh elected to UN Human Rights body

Over the last month government critics have continued to be criminalised, while the authorities have embarked upon intensive and intrusive surveillance and monitoring of social media ahead of national elections due in Bangladesh by January 2019 Read more

Repressive laws and tactics used to silence critics as Bangladesh elected to UN Human Rights body

Opposition protests: two people killed

On 16th October 2018, one person was killed by live ammunition, reportedly fired by the anti-crime brigade, during a two-day 'ville morte' protest action organised by the opposition. The protest action took place in Conakry on 15th and 16th October 2018 to denounce what opposition calls the manipulation and corruption in the installation of municipal councils by the ruling party Read more

Opposition protests: two people killed

Politician proposes review of National Security Law used to restrict freedom of expression

In early October 2018, the leader of South Korea's ruling party suggested the country's security law that has been used to restrict freedom of expression should be "re-examined" . Read more

Politician proposes review of National Security Law used to restrict freedom of expression

Repressive climate for civil society silences criticism of dam projects

Lao civil society organisations are afraid of opposing the Pak Lay dam, even though they are aware of its potential negative impact Read more

Repressive climate for civil society silences criticism of dam projects

Kazakhstan: Rapid shrinking of civic space and freedoms

This update covers developments on the freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression in Kazakhstan from July to September 2018. It was prepared by International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and Kazakhstan International Bureau of Human Rights and Rule of Law (KIBHR) for the CIVICUS Monitor based on KIBHR’s monitoring of the situation in the country. Read more

Kazakhstan: Rapid shrinking of civic space and freedoms

Civil society says shutting down of international NGOs an ‘attack on civic freedoms’

In October 2018, the authorities ordered 18 international non-governmental organization (INGOs) to shut down operations and leave the country including Action Aid Read more

Civil society says shutting down of international NGOs an ‘attack on civic freedoms’

Press freedom at risk with new Criminal Code restrictions

In August 2018, Nepal’s new Criminal Codes Act came into effect. Human rights and media organization have raised serious about the new law and its impact on press freedom in Nepal. Read more

Press freedom at risk with new Criminal Code restrictions