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In Cambodia, journalists often face intimidation, attacks and harassment from the government, in particular journalists that cover opposition protests and land issues. Defamation legislation includes written criticism of public officials or institutions, and journalists face jail time for failure to pay large fines that result from conviction. Read more


Antigua and Barbuda-Overview

Antigua and Barbuda is a small and relatively open country, where citizens are usually free to express their opinions, assemble in public and form groups to pursue collective interests. Although political pressure does sometimes interfere with mainstream broadcast and print media, 64% of people can access the Internet, which is free from government restrictions. Read more


CIVICUS condemns sentencing of 17 Angolan activists

The Provincial Court of Luanda sentenced 17 Angolan youth activists to prison sentences ranging from between two to over eight years on Monday for engaging in “preparation of a rebellion and criminal association.” CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, strongly condemns this latest instance of repression by Angola’s totalitarian state apparatus, headed by president José Eduardo dos Santos since 1979. Read more

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CIVICUS condemns sentencing of 17 Angolan activists

Peaceful Assembly

Andorrans are free to gather peacefully in public, a right that is underpinned by Article 16 of the constitution. Gatherings must however be for a ‘lawful purpose’ and organisers of public gatherings are also ‘required’ to notify authorities in advance. Read more



Association

Andorrans make the most of a healthy civic space, with over 400 officially-registered general associations, reflecting an incredibly vibrant civil society sector amongst the country’s small population. Organisations range from professional associations of estate agents to organisations like the Andorra Women’s Association, which carries out public advocacy around important social issues such as domestic and gender-based violence. Read more


Expression

A 2015 OSCE report confirms that Andorra’s media provides fair and balanced coverage of national events, including elections. The public broadcaster has adopted its own code of journalistic ethics. Andorrans also benefit from widespread, uncensored Internet access – according to the International Telecommunications Union, in 2014 over 95% of people in Andorra had access to the Internet. Read more


Overview

Since elections in 2013, civic space in Cambodia has become more repressive as respect for human rights continues to deteriorate. Recent legislation governing NGOs and trade unions compounds the situation by making it more difficult to register and operate a civil society organisation. Read more


Expression

Although the Constitution guarantees the freedom of expression, journalism is a risky activity in Brazil. Journalists, especially those who focus on corruption or organised crime, frequently suffer threats, harassment, intimidation and verbal or physical aggression, particularly in localities dominated by powerful oligarchies and/or penetrated by organised crime. Read more


Peaceful Assembly

Freedom of assembly is constitutionally guaranteed in Brazil. Proposed restrictive regulations have not yet been passed. However, the use of excessive force against demonstrators intensified after anti-government protests in 2013. Read more