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

Land rights activist killed

Several recent protests have passed off peacefully however the murder of several journalists in the early part of 2016 seriously undermines respect for civic space in Guatemala. Read more

UN Special Rapporteur criticises Japan's freedom of expression laws

Large scale protests in June were generally peacefully observed while a UN Special Rapporteur criticises Japan's freedom of expression laws. Read more

Canadian Parliament approves motion to reject BDS movement

The Canadian Parliament approved a motion to reject the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, restricting the right to freedom of expression. Read more