refusal of registration

Investigative journalists suspicious of official version of Viktoria Marinova's killing

On 6th October 2018, Viktoria Marinova, a Bulgarian journalist, presenter and administrative director of the local TV channel TVN was found dead in the town of Ruse. Read more

 Investigative journalists suspicious of official version of Viktoria Marinova's killing

Political party denied registration, while court orders restrict expression

UTM party application for registration declined by the deputy registrar, while courts perceived to be restricting freedom of expression as they develop a pattern of issuing orders to prohibit public discussion of corruption cases in the media. Read more

Political party denied registration, while court orders restrict expression

Laws used to deny trade union registration and workers' right to join a union

The right to freedom of association is protected under the South Korean constitution and the administration of President Moon Jae-In has generally respected this right. However, issues persist over the denial of registration or revoking of certification of certain trade unions. Read more

Laws used to deny trade union registration and workers' right to join a union

Groups representing ethnic minorities face legal challenges when registering

Freedom of association is protected by the Greek constitution and in general citizens face no major problems or legal hindrances in establishing or running organisations. However, ethnic minorities are not legally recognised and minority groups are not allowed to register their organisations when they wish to use minority terminology in the name of the organisation. Read more

Groups representing ethnic minorities face legal challenges when registering

No end to repression after the Asian Games

Turkmenistan hosted the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, or the so-called Asiada, in its capital Ashgabat from 17th to 27th September 2017. In the context of these games, which took place against the backdrop of a serious economic crisis in Turkmenistan, the government further stepped up measures to stifle criticism and prevent the dissemination of information challenging government propaganda. Read more

No end to repression after the Asian Games

International community concerned over human rights situation

On 20th July 2017, the fourth round of EU-Belarus Human Rights Dialogue took place in Brussels. According to the European External Action Service's press-release, the event allowed for an exchange of views on human rights in Belarus, focusing in particular on freedoms of expression, assembly and association; electoral rights; the death penalty; penitentiary reform; anti-discrimination policy; gender equality and the domestic violence. Also, the Dialogue focused on developing Belarus' national institutions for protection of human rights and further implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan, which requires more political will from the authorities in Belarus. Read more

International community concerned over human rights situation

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

Smears Against Civil Society in Montenegro

A court imposes a heavy sentence on a prominent civil society activist, while anti-Nato protests take place in Podgorica. Read more

Smears Against Civil Society in Montenegro

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


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