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Anti-corruption protests force removal of Mongolian politician while judicial independence at risk

In December 2018 and January 2019, there were mass protests against corruption in Mongolia which led to the removal of the speaker of Mongolia’s parliament, implicated in some of these scandals. In March 2019, civil society were alarmed when parliament passed legal amendments giving increased powers to the executive to intervene with the courts and anti-corruption agency. Read more

Anti-corruption protests force removal of Mongolian politician while judicial independence at risk

Some positive civic space developments, but more to be done to keep promises

As reported previously on the Monitor, the Kyrgyzstani authorities committed to improve the human rights situation in the country. Read more

Some positive civic space developments, but more to be done to keep promises

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

Smears against journalists labelled as "traitors" increase

Persistent smears and threats against critical voices has created a constricted environment for independent journalism in Serbia. On several occasions recently, the Programme Director of N1, Jugoslav Ćosić and other journalists have been threatened. Often these threats and smears have revolved around journalists being portrayed as foreign mercenaries or anti-Serb traitors. Read more

Smears against journalists labelled as "traitors" increase

Sociopolitical crisis triggers attacks against HRDs

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expressed concerns regarding an increase of harassment against human rights defenders (HRDs) since 11th March 2019. Since March, local CSOs have documented an increase in defamatory messages from government authorities against activists. In fact, in the last few weeks at least five people were arrested without a court order after previously being identified on television for their work. Read more

Sociopolitical crisis triggers attacks against HRDs


Civil society boycotts public broadcaster after 1,000+ lawsuits

On 2nd March 2019, protesters gathered in Zagreb to defend media freedoms. Gathering in Zagreb, the protesters rallied against numerous lawsuits, political pressures, threats, and advertisers’ demands on media publications. According to the Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) over 1,000 Croatian journalists and media outlets are currently facing court proceedings. On 19th February 2019, thirty Croatian NGOs announced a boycott the public broadcaster HRT for two weeks in protest against the thirty lawsuits filed against journalists. Read more

Civil society boycotts public broadcaster after 1,000+ lawsuits

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

#OdupriSe builds unity against government corruption

Montenegro has participated wave of mass protests sweeping across the Western Balkans. The regional movement, dubbed the "Balkan Spring" has witnessed weekly protests held in Albania, Montenegro and Serbia calling for government reform. In Podgorica, a series of protests under the slogan “Odupri se (Resist!) – 97.000” saw thousands of citizens gather in weekly anti-government protests since early February 2019. Read more

#OdupriSe builds unity against government corruption

Persistent suppression of critics in Bangladesh following elections

In the last few months, the authorities have continued to censor or ban news websites or blogs and use defamation laws such as the Digital Security Act to criminalise journalists and government critics. Read more

Persistent suppression of  critics in Bangladesh following elections