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UN rights committee questions Tonga on freedom of expression for children

In May 2019, during the state review, the UN Committee on the Rights of a Child (CRC) questioned Tonga around the space for freedom of expression for children in the country. In April 2018, the press freedom index by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) showed that Tonga had improved its ranking by six places Read more

UN rights committee questions Tonga on freedom of expression for children

Two journalists killed in Mexico and several facing attacks and harassment

On 20th February 2019, a radio show host and activist who advocated against a gas pipeline project was killed outside of his home just days before a vote on the project was scheduled. Read more

Two journalists killed in Mexico and several facing attacks and harassment

Civil society urges new parliament to empower commission to probe murder and disappearances

A Presidential commission to probe unresolved murders and disappearances including of blogger and activist Yameen Rasheed and the abduction of journalist Ahmed Rilwan is still lacking investigative powers. A report released by the Maldives Democracy Network in April 2019 highlighted that despite case of threats and intimidation against human rights defenders, the police have failed to address this adequately Read more

Civil society urges new parliament to empower commission to probe murder and disappearances

State orchestrated civil society a threat to independent groups

As we've previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, concerns have been rising over a perceived increase in state affiliated civil society. Most worryingly, these groups have been shown to play a role in smearing and harassing independent civil society groups that are critical of the government. Read more

State orchestrated civil society a threat to independent groups



No tangible change despite peace with Ethiopia

serious human rights violations continue to be reported in Eritrea despite peace deal with Ethiopia, 3 Ethiopian refugees obtain positive judgment to proceed institute a case in a Canadian court for violations suffered while working in a foreign company based in Eritrea. Read more

No tangible change despite peace with Ethiopia

Police denies permission to protest, while election outcome sparks violence

Ahead of elections, the police denied requests to hold protests. Subsequent, protests turned violent on 24 April 2019 after Manasseh Sogavare was voted at the Prime Minister for the fourth time. Women continue to be under-represented in parliament with only two seats in the April elections. Read more

Police denies permission to protest, while election outcome sparks violence

EU continues support to CSOs, activists march in support of prominent Iranian WHRD

On 19th March 2019, it was reported that a dozen Armenian activists organised a protest in front of the Iran Embassy in Yerevan. Read more

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EU continues support to CSOs, activists march in support of prominent Iranian WHRD

Escalating concerns over right to privacy and freedom of expression on the net in South Korea

In March 2019, South Korea has introduced an internet filtering system to block user accounts that is raising concerns among privacy and freedom of expression activists. In the same month, a journalist was targeted for an article critical of the President, while women rights activists celebrated International Women’s day by protesting against the gender wage gap. In February 2019, protesters commemorate the death of a survivor and campaigner against sexual slavery during World War II. Read more

Escalating concerns over right to privacy and freedom of expression on the net in South Korea