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Emergency decree allows restriction of CSO funding

The declaration of a “State of Exception and Economic Emergency” in Venezuela could have a negative impact on funding for organisations. Recent protests in Caracas and other regions of the country have been repressed and journalists covering such protests faced intimidation and harassment by security forces. Read more


Reports: at least 17 unarmed protestors killed in late May

Despite legal protections, at least 17 unarmed protestors were reportedly killed by security forces in late May. Read more


Killing of human rights defenders worsens in 2016

The situation for human rights defenders in Colombia seems to be deteriorating. In the first week of March, five social leaders were assassinated. Minga movement protests have been repressed in recent months and journalists are facing higher risks while reporting, especially in conflict areas. Read more


Damning Commision of Enquiry report finds indications of crimes against humanity

A UN Commission of Enquiry found that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in Eritrea since 1991,” and that Eritrean government officials are responsible for crimes of enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearance, torture, other inhumane acts, persecution, rape and murder. Read more


Large protests met with violence in Baghdad

Peaceful protests that broke out in Baghdad’s green zone on May 20 2016 were met with lethal force by Iraqi security forces, including the use of rubber bullets, live ammunition and teargas canisters. Read more


Civil society organisations targetted through break-ins

Civic Space has worsened of late in Uganda as an LGBTI organisation was refused registration, the offices of three CSOs were broken into in the space of two months and to register an LGBTI the freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression were heavily restricted during the February 2016 election period. Read more