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New mass surveillance system concerns Chilean civil society

Civil society organisations have issued a public statement rejecting President Piñera's new Mobile Surveillance System, which uses facial recognition and other technologies to monitor public spaces. In the period covered by this update, thousands of Chilean teachers have been on strike mobilising for improvements in the public education system. Read more

New mass surveillance system concerns Chilean civil society


Lawsuits, attacks and harassment used against journalists, activists and human rights defenders

This update covers events from 1st April 2019 to 30th June 2019 and was prepared by Legal Prosperity Foundation Kyrgyzstan and International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR). During this period several attacks against human rights defenders were documented and are explained in more detail bellow. Read more

Lawsuits, attacks and harassment used against journalists, activists and human rights defenders

Human Right Council calls on Brunei to review legislation limiting fundamental freedoms

The UN Human Rights Council reviewed the human rights record of Brunei in May 2019 and raised concerns around restrictive legislation such as the Sedition Act and ​the Local Newspapers Order. In the same month, Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report on Brunei’s new penal code that contains several provisions that impose criminal punishment for acts that violate the right to freedom of expression. Read more

Human Right Council calls on Brunei to review legislation limiting fundamental freedoms

CSOs listed as foreign agents, as protesters clash with police

3 human rights NGOs listed as foreign agents, duma proposes regulation of non-traditional religious centres, protesters clash with police as they oppose construction of a church on Labor square, journalists denied access to court room during 'seti trial'. Read more

CSOs listed as foreign agents, as protesters clash with police

Espionage Act charges against Assange jeopardise press freedom

In the period covered by this update, from 20th May to the 8th July 2019, there have been coordinated rallies and demonstrations across the US on issues ranging from migration, women's rights, public housing and climate change. In many cases, demonstrations resulted in the arrest of some participants. There have also been a number of developments related to freedom of association and expression - in particular, indictments in the Assange WikiLeaks case which have drawn concerns over the state of press freedom in the country. Read more

Espionage Act charges against Assange jeopardise press freedom

Bhutan urged to repeal criminal defamation laws during Human Right Council review

In April 2019, Bhutan’s press freedom rankings improved while in May 2019 the country’s human rights record was reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council where there were calls for the government to reviews its defamation laws. In June 2019, parliament made a positive move by voting to decriminalize homosexuality. Read more

Bhutan urged to repeal criminal defamation laws during Human Right Council review

EU signs trade deal with Vietnam despite ongoing suppression of civic freedoms

Despite criticism from civil society, on 30th June 2019, the European Union and Vietnam on signed a free trade deal . In the last few months, civil society has documented arrests and prosecution of individuals for their peaceful expression in Vietnam, the disappearance of activists and long sentences handed down to protesters. Read more

EU signs trade deal with Vietnam despite ongoing suppression of civic freedoms

Raid on Lawyers Collective by Indian police aimed to ‘intimidate and silence’ them

On 11th July 2019, Indian authorities raided the home and offices of noted Indian human rights defenders and lawyers Indira Jaising and Anand Grover in an alleged case of violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA) by Lawyers Collective, an NGO they co-founded. Read more

Raid on Lawyers Collective by Indian police aimed to ‘intimidate and silence’ them

Civil society concerned about physical attacks and ongoing prosecution of Thai activists

In the last few months, there have been physical attacks against activists and human rights defenders or activists who have disappeared or placed under surveillance. Further, land rights activists from Sai Thong National Park have been prosecuted and jailed while pro-democracy student activists are facing sedition charges. Read more

Civil society concerned about physical attacks and ongoing prosecution of Thai activists