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#OdupriSe builds unity against government corruption

Montenegro has participated wave of mass protests sweeping across the Western Balkans. The regional movement, dubbed the "Balkan Spring" has witnessed weekly protests held in Albania, Montenegro and Serbia calling for government reform. In Podgorica, a series of protests under the slogan “Odupri se (Resist!) – 97.000” saw thousands of citizens gather in weekly anti-government protests since early February 2019. Read more

#OdupriSe builds unity against government corruption

Public vilification of activism continues

International CSO, Human Rights Watch has drawn attention to the lack of media freedom and poor working environment for journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In its annual report, the group stated that independent outlets and journalists continue to face threats during their work. Read more

Public vilification of activism continues

Criminal defamation laws used to prosecute online criticism of religion and monarchy

In recent months there have been arrests and prosecution of individuals under defamation laws for criticising the monarchy and religion online while human rights defenders continue to face police questioning for dissent. A women’s day march has come under attack while the indigenous Orang Asli community continues to defend their land against encroachment. Read more

Criminal defamation laws used to prosecute online criticism of religion and monarchy

Violence at #1od5miliona protests in Belgrade

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, protests against President Aleksandar Vučić entered the fifteenth consecutive week. While all of the previous protests had taken place peacefully, on 18th March 2019 a mobilisation in Belgrade turned violent. Clashes took place between protesters and police after participants broke into National Radio Television (RTS), led by opposition representative Boško Obradović. Read more

Violence at #1od5miliona protests in Belgrade

Several Azerbaijani activists declare hunger strike

In January 2019, several Azerbaijani activists declared a hunger strike calling for the release of jailed anti-corruption blogger Mehman Huseynov and other people they consider political prisoners. Read more

Several Azerbaijani activists declare hunger strike

Pressure for NGOs during electoral period

Parliamentary elections will be held in Moldova on 24th February 2019. Within this context, during the last months, independent civil society organisations in Moldova have ringed an alarm about the pressures they are facing from different political actors. Read more

Pressure for NGOs during electoral period

Government shutdown drives workers to protest Washington's inaction

On 3rd December 2018, hundreds of people protested at the Wisconsin state Capital building to voice opposition to legislation that would diminish the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. Read more

Government shutdown drives workers to protest Washington's inaction

Journalists continue to be subject to attacks and harassment

2019 started with accusations made by the Supreme Court of Bolivia during the opening ceremony of the judicial year. Read more

Journalists continue to be subject to attacks and harassment


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