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Thousands demonstrate during rival protests in Bosnia and Herzegovina

On the 14th of May, over 10,000 Bosnian Serbs protests in Banja Luka in rival rallies for and against the government. After authorities declared a state of emergency at the scale of the simultaneous protests a heavy police presence managed to see both gatherings take place peacefully. Read more


Civil society movements continue to be targetted in DRC

Peaceful activism by social movements in DRC attracts artibrary arrests, detention and harrassment through the court system. Read more


Legal reforms on court reporting rejected by the President

Lithuania's Pride Parade proceeds without incident, as the President vetoes amendments to the Penal Code Read more


Concern over calls to shut social media during elections

Comments by the head of the police in Ghana that social media could be shut down during November 2016 elections caused concern among civil society. Read more


Tens of Thousands Take to the Streets in Hong Kong

On the 18th of June, tens of thousands of protestors took the streets in Hong Kong in a pro-democracy rally sparked by the abduction and mistreatment of book seller Lam King-Wee in mainland China. Read more


Government strengthens cooperation with civil society organisations

Costa Rica is strengthening cooperation with CSOs, and largely respecting the right to peaceful assembly and expression.

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Protests by students and motorcycle drivers break out in Benin

Demonstrations by taxi drivers descended into violence while peaceful protests were held by students and lecturers at the University of Abomey-Calavi. Read more


Proposed cyber security law worries civil society

Most recent protests in Romania have passed off peacefully, while a proposed cyber security law continues to raise concerns in civil society. Read more


Funding cuts hit hundreds of CSOs in Croatia

Over 400 CSOs petitioned the government against cuts to state funding for civil society while large protests took place in Zagreb in support of educational reform. Read more


Local groups worried about impending changes to civil society law

Legislative work is proceeding on new rules governing CSOs and on access to information, as civil society raises some concerns about both processes. Read more