Monday 30.9.2019 Canada - Latest Developments
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney launched a “public inquiry” on 4 July 2019 to uncover alleged foreign funding of environmental groups that have spread "misleading or false information about the Alberta oil and gas industry". Part of the inquiry calls for reviewing those groups’ charitable status. In a different development, Canada’s elections agency told environmental charities that describing the climate crisis as "real" in their political advertising could be considered partisan activity, and therefore against the rules of the recently amended Canada Elections Act.
This update also covers a number of different protests and developments related to freedom of expression.
Monday 30.9.2019 Moldova - Latest Developments
At the beginning of June 2019, a new parliamentary majority coalition was formed in the Republic of Moldova, which allowed the political crisis to end and the new government to be elected. Read more
Monday 30.9.2019 Ukraine - Latest Developments
According to reports, on 27th August 2019 a court in Crimea issued a decision releasing Crimean Tatar activist Edem Bekirov from detention. Read more
Monday 30.9.2019 Somalia - Latest Developments
Women in Galkayo protest against a surge in rapes in the area, armed individuals stormed Universal TV offices and shot indiscriminately, Canadian journalist and writer Hodan Nalayeh killed during a 14 hour hotel siege carried out by Al Shabab in Kismayo, several journalists arrested in separate occasions while in the course of duty. Read more
Friday 27.9.2019 Egypt - Latest Developments
As previously covered by the CIVICUS Monitor, whereas the new NGO law is an additional concern for civic space in the country, the protests that have been taking place since 20th September 2019 raise further concerns regarding the human rights situation in Egypt, with arrests and use of excessive force documented against protesters. Read more
Friday 27.9.2019 Singapore - Latest Developments
The Singapore government has continued to take action to target the media, activists and others for criticising the government. An independent news website The Online Citizen (TOC) is being forced to take down a critical article, online news sites have been smeared as ‘advancing foreign interests’ while a human rights lawyer is being targeted for his anti-death penalty advocacy. Read more
Thursday 26.9.2019 Ecuador - Latest Developments
On 16th April 2019, hundreds of Ecuadorians marched in Quito against the withdrawal of Julian Assange’s asylum status and the austerity measures imposed by the government of President Lenín Moreno. According to reports, as the demonstration neared the presidential palace, they were met with police repression. Police used tear gas, clubs and horses, leaving several people injured.
On 11th April 2019, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by police at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he had been granted asylum since 2012. On 13th April 2019, Ola Bini, a Swedish privacy and internet security developer and activist, was arrested at Quito’s international airport as he was about to board a flight to Japan. He was detained for over two months without trial and without clear charge. Read more
Thursday 26.9.2019 South Korea - Latest Developments
In August 2019, Victor-Madrigal Borloz, the UN’s independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, raised concerns about hate speech in South Korea, particularly about Korean politicians and religious leaders who have made openly discriminatory remarks against LGBTI people Read more
Thursday 26.9.2019 Azerbaijan - Latest Developments
family members of protesters who were arrested and detained in July 2018 took to the streets to protest the arrests and detentions, Azerbaijani journalist Sevinj Vagifgizi for ‘filming election fraud’, Supreme Court upheld reportedly baseless charges of tax evasion against journalist Khadija Ismayilova, while journalist is released from prison Read more
Wednesday 25.9.2019 Burkina Faso - Latest Developments
On 21st June 2019, Burkina Faso's National Assembly adopted a law amending the Criminal Code, which includes several provisions restricting freedom of expression, press freedom and the right to information. Read more