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Criminal defamation laws used to prosecute online criticism of religion and monarchy

In recent months there have been arrests and prosecution of individuals under defamation laws for criticising the monarchy and religion online while human rights defenders continue to face police questioning for dissent. A women’s day march has come under attack while the indigenous Orang Asli community continues to defend their land against encroachment. Read more

Criminal defamation laws used to prosecute online criticism of religion and monarchy

Massive protests over the killing of young indigenous man Camilo Catrillanca

On 15th November 2018, thousands mobilised in towns and cities in Chile to condemn the assassination of young indigenous man, Camilo Catrillanca by the specialised police unit, known as Comando Jungla (Jungle Command). Read more

Massive protests over the killing of young indigenous man Camilo Catrillanca

Despite international scrutiny, Vietnam continues to conduct surveillance, harass and jail activists

Despite the scrutiny at the UN and by the EU, the persecution of activists has continued over the last few months. Some have been jailed for their peaceful expression while others have been intimidated and harassed. Further, the draconian cyber security law came into force in January 2019. Read more

Despite international scrutiny, Vietnam continues to conduct surveillance, harass and jail activists

Two journalists shot dead in broad daylight

On 20th January 2019, Rafael Murúa Manríquez, a radio station director in Baja California Sur, was found dead on the side of the road after being reported missing. Read more

 Two journalists shot dead in broad daylight

Violence at #1od5miliona protests in Belgrade

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, protests against President Aleksandar Vučić entered the fifteenth consecutive week. While all of the previous protests had taken place peacefully, on 18th March 2019 a mobilisation in Belgrade turned violent. Clashes took place between protesters and police after participants broke into National Radio Television (RTS), led by opposition representative Boško Obradović. Read more

Violence at #1od5miliona protests in Belgrade

Media censored, activists silenced and opposition weakened ahead of Thai elections

Ahead of the 24 March elections there have been continued reports of media outlets and journalists being censored, activists being silenced and criminalised and opposition politicians being targeted . Further, restrictive laws and decrees issued by the military junta have yet to be lifted. Read more

Media censored,  activists silenced and opposition weakened ahead of Thai elections


Political crisis undermines civic space freedoms

In the context of Venezuela's political, economic and humanitarian crisis, human rights defenders, opposition leaders and civil society organisations have been subjected to harassment and intimidation for their opposition to the government or for denouncing human rights violations. Read more

 Political crisis undermines civic space freedoms
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Lhotshampa minority remain displaced and their electoral rights restricted

While the elections in 2018 and the formation of a third new government since the introduction of democracy in 2008 has been seen as positive for the country, the Lhotshampa minority group continued to be denied any engagement with the election process. Read more

Lhotshampa minority remain displaced and their electoral rights restricted