refugees and migrants

Two activists linked to the band “Pussy Riot” to receive asylum in Sweden

Lusine Djanyan and Alexey Knedlyakovsky, two activists linked to the Russian protest group Pussy Riot, have received asylum status in Sweden. Read more

 Two activists linked to the band “Pussy Riot” to receive asylum in Sweden

New Restrictions on White House press correspondents

In early May 2019, the Trump administration implemented new standards for journalists to receive press credentials to attend White House press briefings, essentially revoking the passes for many longtime White House reporters. Read more

New Restrictions on White House press correspondents

Dispersal of protests continues to be a major challenge to peaceful assembly

Authorities continue to disperse and restrict protests, while the courts issue positive orders holding security officers to account for excessive force. Read more

Dispersal of protests continues to be a major challenge to peaceful assembly


Hungary continues its regressive course restricting civic space

The Parliament adopted new amendments to the laws on administrative courts despite concerns that these amendments still do not guarantee that the proposed administrative court system will be independent and impartial. Meanwhile, the authorities took further steps to restrict the freedom of peaceful assembly. Read more

Hungary continues its regressive course restricting civic space

Whistleblower reveals government monitoring journalists and activists due to their work

The government has created a secret database to monitor journalists and activists engaged on issues related to migrants at or near the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a 6th March report from NBC News. Read more

Whistleblower reveals government monitoring journalists and activists due to their work

Student activists detained during protest against evictions in Taiwan

In March 2019, student activists were detained while protesting against the eviction of the Daguan community while migrant workers from the Philippines and Indonesia demonstrated against violence and poor work conditions. In January 2019, the Taiwan police dismantled the occupation camp of indigenous protesters who had been protesting for 699 days. Read more

Student activists detained during protest against evictions in Taiwan

Judicial harassment of Nauru 19 protesters continue

The appeals process for the Nauru 19 protesters prosecuted in 2015 were scheduled to start in December 2018 but has been delayed. In February 2019, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced that it will resume treating asylum seekers and refugees in the Australian offshore refugee detention centre on Nauru via video and phone. About 300 refugees remain on Nauru. Read more

Judicial harassment of Nauru 19 protesters continue

State briefly suspends PNG journalist after critical reporting at APEC summit

Papua New Guinea (PNG) hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Port Moresby in November 2018. Journalist Scott Waide was suspended briefly from his job at the state broadcaster for his reporting of the conference. Similarly, Chinese authorities blocked local and international media from covering some events around the meeting. In January 2019, soldiers held a protest over unpaid APEC allowances. In February 2019, two refugees on Manus Island received awards. Read more

State briefly suspends PNG journalist after critical reporting at APEC summit

Proposed money laundering register concerning for freedom of civil society

A new central database is to be created by anti-money laundering authorities in Greece. The initiative is led by the Supreme Court deputy prosecutor with the aim to create a national register to enable authorities to supervise all operations of NGOs, particularly regarding funding. This is a concerning development, given the growing hostile environment towards NGOs in Greece. Read more

Proposed money laundering register concerning for  freedom  of civil society