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Social movements repressed and critical voices remain silenced

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, during 2016 and 2017, Morocco was rocked by the Hirak movement in Rif, northern Morocco. These regional protests were met with repression and arrest. In reaction, the government arrested hundreds of protesters for mobilising on the streets in Rif. In May 2017 the leader of the protests, Nasser Zefzafi was arrested. After a nine month trial, in June 2018, protesters Zefzafi and Nabil Ahmijeq, Wassim El Boustani and Samir Aghid were sentenced for a 20-year jail term. Read more

Social movements repressed and critical voices remain silenced

Human rights defenders arrested and journalists injured

Human rights lawyer Yasser Al-Saleem and activist Abdelhamid Al-Bayoush arrested, journalists Ibrahim Ahmad and Gulistan Mohammed, who work for the Syrian Kurdish news agency ANHA/Hawa, sustained gunshot injuries while covering clashes, Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda released after 40 months detention by Islamist group, Syrian writer Souleman Yousph arrested and detained for five days after critising the Kurdish Democratic Union Read more

Human rights defenders arrested and journalists injured

Women's rights come to the fore in India

On 25th September 2018, Bollywood actor Tanushree Dutta alleged that she was sexually harassed by director-actor, Nana Patekar on a film set in 2008. Speaking on television, the actor recollected her struggle after the incident. The Tanushree Dutta interview, single-handedly sparked a #MeToo movement in India. Thousands of women took to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment, assault, violence and sexual violence. Read more

Women's rights come to the fore in India

Human rights lawyer assisting families of slain sugar farmers in Sagay gunned down

On 6th November 2018, human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos was gunned down by unidentified men in the Philippines. Ramos had recently been providing free legal assistance to the families of nine sugar farm workers who were killed in Sagay City on 20th October. Read more

Human rights lawyer assisting families of slain sugar farmers in Sagay gunned down

Omani journalists arrested and detained ahead of Israeli Prime Minister visit

Omani authorities target online activists and bloggers Read more

Omani journalists arrested and detained ahead of Israeli Prime Minister visit

Civil society highlights torture and ill-treatment of activists at UN review

Ahead of the review of Vietnam's implementation of the Anti-Torture Convention In November 2018, civil society organisations submitted a report on police brutality and torture against citizens including activists Read more

Civil society highlights torture and ill-treatment of activists at UN review

Nine Hong Kong “Umbrella movement” activists facing trial while pro-independence party banned

Nine leaders of the 2014 Hong Kong pro-democracy protests have been charged with three vague and ambiguous offences, each facing a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment. On 19th November 2018, the nine leaders will stand . Read more

Nine Hong Kong “Umbrella movement” activists facing trial while pro-independence party banned

Criminalisation of activists and protesters continue forcing people to leave the country

The Nicaraguan government continues to harass and criminalise human rights defenders in the country. On 14th October 2018, two prominent social leaders, Haydeé Castillo and Lottie Cunningham, were detained and prevented from travelling to Washington DC. Read more

 Criminalisation of activists and protesters continue forcing people to leave the country
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UN experts alarmed over systematic targeting of civil society

On 28th September 2018, several UN experts including released a statement referring to the deteriorating space for civil society space in Egypt. The statement refers to the cases of several HRDs including Ms. Amal Fathy, Mr. Shadi al-Ghazali Harb, Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Radwan (also known as “Mohamed Oxygen”), Mr. Wael Abbas, and Mr. Haytham Mohamadein. Read more

UN experts alarmed over systematic targeting of civil society

Turkey's Civic Space Bulletin

In this special edition update, we cover some key developments in Turkey over the past few months. Covering the period from April - September 2018, we detail the worrying constriction of civic freedoms. In particular, we note the use of restrictive legislation to harass, detain and prosecute dissidents and activists. Read more

Turkey's Civic Space Bulletin