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Attacks on fundamental freedoms and minorities persist, ahead of elections

Ahead of presidential elections in Indonesia scheduled to be held in April 2019, the crackdown on activists in West Papua have continued. Further, a CSO event was shut down, books banned, and an environmental human rights defender was attacked. A new law has also been proposed that could restrict the freedoms of musicians. Read more

Attacks on fundamental freedoms and minorities persist, ahead of elections

Increasing use of judicial system in Singapore to silence critics

In January 2019, Jolovan Wham, a human rights defender was found guilty by the Singapore District Court for organising an ‘illegal assembly without a police permit’ in violation of the Public Order Act, and for refusing to sign a police statement Read more

Increasing use of judicial system in Singapore to silence critics

Journalists continue to be subject to attacks and harassment

2019 started with accusations made by the Supreme Court of Bolivia during the opening ceremony of the judicial year. Read more

Journalists continue to be subject to attacks and harassment

Criminal defamation law repealed but those expressing critical views still at risk

In November 2018 the Maldives parliament passed a bill to repeal the draconian Anti-Defamation and Freedom of Expression Act . In January 2019, there were threats against Ibrahim Ismail, a college chair and former lawmaker for expressing his religious views. Read more

Criminal defamation law repealed but those expressing critical views still at risk

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Widespread protests in Sudan see excessive force and systematic repression of civic freedoms

Protesters were shot dead, dozens were injured as a result of use of excessive force, including live ammunition, by State security forces against protestors across Sudan over the past month. At least 816 people were arrested in connection with the demonstrations. Read more

Widespread protests in Sudan see excessive force and systematic repression of civic freedoms

Human rights defenders still at risk from state actors and businesses

In November 2018, a national consultation on human rights defenders was held in Mongolia, where participants concluded HRDs are still vulnerable to threats, intimidation, and harassment from both state and non-state actor particularly foreign and domestic companies operating in rural areas. Read more

Human rights defenders still at risk from state actors and businesses

Moratorium on use of repressive laws lifted despite promises at the UN human rights council

In November 2018, Malaysia underwent a review at the Human Rights Council and reiterated its commitment to human rights reforms. Despite this in December 2018 it decided to lift a moratorium on the use of restrictive laws Read more

Moratorium on use of repressive laws lifted despite promises at the UN human rights council

Authorities withdraw NGO's license to operate

In a decree signed by the Minister of Interior on 5th November 2018, and delivered on 16th November, authorities have withdrawn the authorisation to create the association Lead Afrique francophone, hereby banning all the activities of the association on the territory of Senegal, on grounds of 'irregular financing' benefiting the movement Y'en a marre, . The action follows the interrogation of representatives of Enda Tiers-Monde (ENDA TM), Oxfam and OSIWA at the Central Commissariat of Dakar on 13th November 2018 in the context of an investigation into alleged funding of Y'en a marre. Read more

Authorities withdraw NGO's license to operate
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