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Court cancels two prison sentences as authorities still target HRDs

Although activists welcomed the revocation of the sentence against online activist Hassan Al-Basham and the suspension of the prison sentence of writer Hammood Al-Shukaily, many other activists and journalists continue to be targetted. Read more

Court cancels two prison sentences as authorities still target HRDs

Repeated confiscation of newspapers prompts protests from journalists in Sudan

On 29th December, Sudanese journalists protested in front of the National Council for Press and Publications, calling on the Sudanese government to respect their constitutional rights of freedom of the press and freedom of speech. Read more

Repeated confiscation of newspapers prompts protests from journalists in Sudan

State increases pressure on civil society organisations in Kenya

Regulation of civil societey organisations is moving to the interior ministry, as a senior aide to president Kenyatta threatens an activist at an ICC meeting. Read more

State increases pressure on civil society organisations in Kenya

7 more CSOs refused FCRA licenses in India

As previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, the Foreign Contributions and Regulations Act (FCRA) has caused confusion amongst civic groups operating in India. Read more

7 more CSOs refused FCRA licenses in India

Civil society calls upon President Sisi to reject restrictive NGO law in Egypt

On 30th December, a copy of the highly controversial bill was passed to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to sign into law. Both domestic and international civic groups have called upon President Sisi to decline officiating the bill due to drastic and unnecessary restrictions on independent dissent. Read more

Civil society calls upon President Sisi to reject restrictive NGO law in Egypt

Human rights defenders and online activists targeted ahead of elections

As Kuwait prepares for unexpected parliamentary elections, the authorities have continued to target human rights defenders and online activists. Read more

Human rights defenders and online activists targeted ahead of elections

Free association curtailed through denial of registration, travel bans

The authorities in Belarus continue to severely restrict civic space, including the right to form and operate a civil society organisation. Read more

Free association curtailed through denial of registration, travel bans

Human Rights Defenders face judicial harassment

Human rights defenders are being detained and convicted for their legitimate human rights work and have been sentenced on charges kept secret from them and their lawyers. Read more

Human Rights Defenders face judicial harassment

Tensions in Kashmir Reach Boiling Point

As the death toll reaches over 90, and with thousands of civilians injured, the conditions for civic activism in the Kashmir region are closing rapidly under pressure from the authorities. While protests rage, clashes between protesters and security forces have become a regular occurrence. Read more

Tensions in Kashmir Reach Boiling Point

LGBTI activist murdered as crackdown intensifies in Turkey

The brutal rape and murder of iconic LGBTI activist, Hande Kader on 8th August prompted a mass mobilisation in Istanbul. Hundreds took to the streets to protest peacefully against the treatment of LGBTI people in Turkey. Read more

LGBTI activist murdered as crackdown intensifies in Turkey