public vilification

Nigerian military threatens Amnesty International following report on abuses

In a statement on 7th June, Amnesty International Nigeria condemned the Nigerian's military's use of threats, intimidation and smear campaigns to discredit the work of Amnesty International. Read more

Nigerian military threatens Amnesty International following report on abuses

Civil Society - Government relations continue to improve

Macedonia records improvements in civil society and government relations as well as in democratic governance and media independence. Protests held against talks and agreement concerning the country's name, an allegedly ethnic motivated judicial decision and threats to a journalist. Read more

Civil Society - Government relations continue to improve

President accuses civil society of conspiring to destabilise the country

During a press conference on 15th May, a coalition of civil society groups - Coalition des Acteurs Sociaux pour la Consolidation des Acquis Démocratiques (C.A.S.C.A.D) - expressed solidarity with Abdourahmane Sanoh, president of Plateforme nationale des Citoyens Unis pour le Développement (National Platform of United Citizens for Development - PCUD) and other civil society actors who have been accused by President Alpha Condé of conspiring to destabilise the country due to their support of the teachers' strike (see under Peaceful Assembly). Read more

President accuses civil society of conspiring to destabilise the country

Civil society to UN: "HRDs are victims of murder, stigmatization, assault, impunity"

Human rights defenders and activists, continue to be subject to harassment and attacks, especially those defending land and environmental rights. Read more

Civil society to UN: "HRDs are victims of murder, stigmatization, assault, impunity"

Fidesz landslide heightens concerns for civil society and independent media

Hungary’s right-wing Fidesz Party won a landslide victory for the third time in a row in parliamentary elections held on 8th April. Fidesz regained a two-thirds super-majority in the Hungarian parliament which gives the Party enough votes to make constitutional changes. Read more

Fidesz landslide heightens concerns for civil society and independent media

More HRDs murdered: 3 killed in 5 days as civil society calls for better protection mechanisms

The environment for activists, social leaders, and journalists is becoming increasingly hostile in Guatemala, with 3 reported cases of HRDs killed and one journalist. Read more

More HRDs murdered: 3 killed in 5 days as civil society calls for better protection mechanisms

Government official oversteps mandate threatening to fire reporters with state broadcaster

In April, a government official said he could fire one third of the foreign correspondents of the state broadcaster “if they do not behave correctly” and carry out “more objective reporting”. Read more

Government official oversteps mandate threatening to fire reporters with state broadcaster

Authorities vilify NGOs as 'undesirable' ahead of March presidential election

A few days before the presidential elections, two European organisations involved in election monitoring were declared 'undesirable', namely Germany's European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) and Lithuania's International Elections Study Centre. Read more

Authorities vilify NGOs as 'undesirable' ahead of March presidential election

Data breach raises concerns over confidentiality of journalists' sources

A major breach of journalists' email data has raised concerns about media freedoms and the role of investigative journalism in Ireland. Read more

Data breach raises concerns over confidentiality of journalists' sources