public vilification

Brazen threats against critics of the government signals a closing of spaces for dissent

Conditions for journalists in Serbia remain a serious concern for both domestic and international civil society. Over the past few months, there have been a litany of attacks and smears against journalists reporting on political issues, leading many to argue that spaces for dissent are rapidly decreasing in Serbia. Read more

Brazen threats against critics of the government signals a closing of spaces for dissent

Peaceful protests in Kosovo amid growing ethnic tensions

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, 2019 has seen civil society mobilise against new laws which could have curtailed freedom of association. In this update, we detail how people in Kosovo have exercised their right to peaceful assembly. In the period between May 16th and July 10th 2019, Kosovo has witnessed a number of protests on a variety of issues. During this period, no protest was unwarrantedly denied or met with excessive force by security forces. Read more

Peaceful protests in Kosovo amid growing ethnic tensions


Anti-corruption activists targeted with death threats and judicial persecution in Romania

Romanian authorities tried to undermine the candidature of former chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Kövesi for the European Public Prosecutor by taking judicial action against her. Laura Kovesi has successful convicted many high level politicians and in March 2019 was prohibited from leaving the country and speaking to media, after being charged with some criminal offences. Separately, in May 2019, the rector and the pro-rector of the Police Academy were charged for issuing death threat against journalist Emilia Șercan investigating corruption.
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Anti-corruption activists targeted with death threats and judicial persecution in Romania

EU highlights Serbia's failure to improve civic space

As we've previously documented on the CIVICUS Monitor, conditions for civil society in Serbia remain constrained. In an indication of this worsening situation for civil society, the European Commission (EC) recently highlighted Serbia's failure to improve civic space. Read more

EU highlights Serbia's failure to improve civic space

Attacks and threats against human rights defenders persist in Papua New Guinea

In recent months, civil society has reported the ongoing threats against human rights defenders, proposals to regulate social media by the government and protests by refugees on Manus island as they situation there deteriorates. Read more

Attacks and threats against human rights defenders persist in Papua New Guinea

Despite progress on HRD bill, attacks against activists and media persist in the Philippines

A Human Rights Defenders bill moved closer to become law in June 2019 after it was approved by the House of Representatives. Despite this, the UN says the situation of human rights continues to deteriorate. In March 2019, more charges were filed against critical news outlet Rappler while in April 2019, activist Bernardino Patigas was killed by an unknown gunman. Further, NGOs are facing scrutiny under the guise of fighting terrorism and money laundering and are taking the threats against them to the Supreme Court. Read more

Despite progress on HRD bill, attacks against activists and media persist in the Philippines


State orchestrated civil society a threat to independent groups

As we've previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, concerns have been rising over a perceived increase in state affiliated civil society. Most worryingly, these groups have been shown to play a role in smearing and harassing independent civil society groups that are critical of the government. Read more

State orchestrated civil society a threat to independent groups

Smears against journalists labelled as "traitors" increase

Persistent smears and threats against critical voices has created a constricted environment for independent journalism in Serbia. On several occasions recently, the Programme Director of N1, Jugoslav Ćosić and other journalists have been threatened. Often these threats and smears have revolved around journalists being portrayed as foreign mercenaries or anti-Serb traitors. Read more

Smears against journalists labelled as "traitors" increase