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Pre-election violence damages basic rights in Zambia

Pre-election tensions have led to political violence, a de-facto ban on protests and the closure of Zambia's main private newspaper. Read more


Civic space threatened as violence flares in South Sudan

Renewed fighting between government factions began on 7th July as activists fled their homes in fear of being targetted. Read more


Prominent Government Critic Kem Ley killed

On the 10th of July, prominent political opposition activist Kem Ley was gunned down Phnom Penh. As an outspoken critic of the government and grassroots organiser, Ley’s death comes at time of heightened tension between the government and political opposition; civil society and political opposition report a continued crackdown by authorities on their activities. Read more


Civil society opposes new social media law in Nepal

A new social media law is being criticised for violating free expression, while protestors gathered to criticise parts of Nepal's new constitution, which they claim discriminates against minorities. Read more


Human Rights Activists receive lengthy jail terms

Human rights defenders and CSOs are routinely targeted by the Saudi authorities. Arrests, torture and denial of registration are commonplace in the country. 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


Activists face tougher regulation and state surveillance

A new decree restricts foreign funding for local CSOs, while protest and independent journalism are stifled. 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


Mass Arrests and Proposed New Cybercrime Law in Egypt

On 25th April, demonstrations against the government's decision to acknowledge Saudi Arabia's sovereignty over the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir resulted more than 150 people being sentenced to between two and five years in prison. Read more


Journalist released but Azeri goverment continues crackdown

Despite the release from jail of journalists Khadija Ismayilova, the OGP declared Azerbaijan inactive because of continuing repression of fundamental freedoms. Read more