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Activists continue to face persecution as thousands mark Tiananmen anniversary in Hong Kong

Zhen Jianghua, the executive director of the Human Rights Campaign in China was formally charged in March 2018. Thousands of Hong Kong citizens held candles and paused for a moment's silence on 4th July 2018 to mark the suppression of pro-democracy protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989. Read more

Activists continue to face persecution as thousands mark Tiananmen anniversary in Hong Kong

Human rights defender receives travel ban

In April, human rights lawyer Dr. Najeeb Al-Nuaimi was banned from travelling internationally. Read more

Human rights defender receives travel ban

In a post-Castro era with a new president, what has changed for Cuban activists and opposition?

On 11th March 2018 Cubans voted for their representatives in the National Assembly who then elected Miguel Diaz-Canel as the country's new president on 19th April. After almost six decades of Castro family rule, the country will now be led by someone not related to the Castros. Read more

In a post-Castro era with a new president, what has changed for Cuban activists and opposition?

HRD's passport confiscated ahead of Djibouti's Universal Periodic Review at the UN

Authorities confiscated the passport of human rights defender Kadar Abdi Ibrahim and therefore preventing him from leaving the country. Read more

HRD's passport confiscated ahead of Djibouti's Universal Periodic Review at the UN

A surge in travel bans leaves activists and journalists unable to speak out overseas

Several journalists and activists were banned from traveling abroad mainly in the context of Cuba general elections Read more

 A surge in travel bans leaves activists and journalists unable to speak out overseas

Maintaining the status quo: continued oppression and injustice in Turkmenistan

In Freedom House's Freedom in the World 2018 survey, Turkmenistan was again included among the “worst of the worst” countries in the world with respect to political and civil freedoms. Read more

Maintaining the status quo: continued oppression and injustice in Turkmenistan

Crackdown on media and opposition around mock inauguration of Odinga

Kenyan authorities took media outlets off the air and arrested and harassed opposition members around the mock inauguration of Raila Odinga. Student leader Evans Njoroge was shot dead by police on 27th February in Meru after participating in a demonstration Read more

Crackdown on media and opposition around mock inauguration of Odinga

Special Rapporteur highlights increasing restrictions on access to information

The Special Rapporteur in his March 2018 report raised concerns on increased restrictions to freedom of thought and conscience and access to information Read more

Special Rapporteur highlights increasing restrictions on access to information

Activist convicted for satirical caricature of prime minister

Activist and artist Fahmi Reza was convicted for posting a clown caricature of the prime minister on social media . Courts maintains travel ban on political cartoonist Zunar. Proposed legislation to curb fake news raises concerns Read more

Activist convicted for satirical caricature of prime minister

Report documents a deteriorating environment for Moldovan civil society

In February 2018, 15 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from the Republic of Moldova released a report detailing attempts by public figures, civil servants, bloggers and politically-affiliated media outlets to discredit and denigrate NGOs. Read more

Report documents a deteriorating environment for Moldovan civil society