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Smears against critics of the government on the rise in Zambia

Recent attacks on the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) and its President Ms Linda Kasonde have sought to undermine confidence in the independence of the judiciary. Read more

Smears against critics of the government on the rise in Zambia

Abuse on the rise against Croatian media as journalists targetted

On 13th December, prominent investigative journalist Domagoj Margetic was attacked in Zagreb by an unknown assailant. Read more

Abuse on the rise against Croatian media as journalists targetted

Chinese authorities preempt protests over smog in Chengdu

During December, environmental concerns drove protests in the southwestern city of Chengdu, as residents mobilised over poor air quality. Read more

Chinese authorities preempt protests over smog in Chengdu

Free speech still being curtailed under Myanmar's new government

Vague defamation laws are being used to target government critics in Myanmar. Read more

Free speech still being curtailed under Myanmar's new government

Systematic reprisals against dissidents in Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijani authorities have a well documented track record of ruthlessly suppressing critical dissent and harassing outspoken activists into silence. Read more

Systematic reprisals against dissidents in Azerbaijan

Tensions rise in Germany over growing xenophobia and hate speech

On 16th October, supporters and opponents of the "anti-Islamization" and anti-migrant PEGIDA movement (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) assembled in Dresden to mark the group's second anniversary. Read more

Tensions rise in Germany over growing xenophobia and hate speech

Police presence intimidates protestors in Togo

There was a heavy deployment of police at a protest in front of the foreign ministry in November. Read more

Police presence intimidates protestors in Togo

Authorities continue to use surveillance, threats of deregistration against civil society

Environment Defence Canada, a small environment group opposing government pipeline policies, was notified that its charitable status will be revoked for being too political.
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Authorities continue to use surveillance, threats of deregistration against civil society

Mixed reaction to proposals for new protest laws in Ukraine

The Council of Europe's Venice Commission broadly welcomed Ukraine's intention to adhere to international standards, while local activists warned of retrogressive provisions in draft protest laws. Read more

Mixed reaction to proposals for new protest laws in Ukraine

Protest bans in Kano as at least ten protestors shot dead

At least ten members of a shiite movement were shot dead by police during a public gathering. Read more

Protest bans in Kano as at least ten protestors shot dead