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Criminal defamation law repealed but those expressing critical views still at risk

In November 2018 the Maldives parliament passed a bill to repeal the draconian Anti-Defamation and Freedom of Expression Act . In January 2019, there were threats against Ibrahim Ismail, a college chair and former lawmaker for expressing his religious views. Read more

Criminal defamation law repealed but those expressing critical views still at risk

Six years on, groups demand effective investigation into disappearance of activist Sombath Somphone

On the sixth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, over 100 civil society organisations worldwide called for the Lao government to conduct an independent, impartial, and effective investigation to reveal his fate and whereabouts. Read more

Six years on, groups demand effective investigation into disappearance of activist Sombath Somphone


UN experts alarmed over systematic targeting of civil society

On 28th September 2018, several UN experts including released a statement referring to the deteriorating space for civil society space in Egypt. The statement refers to the cases of several HRDs including Ms. Amal Fathy, Mr. Shadi al-Ghazali Harb, Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Radwan (also known as “Mohamed Oxygen”), Mr. Wael Abbas, and Mr. Haytham Mohamadein. Read more

UN experts alarmed over systematic targeting of civil society

Activists fear Rajapaksa’s return to power

Human rights groups have raised fears about a return to past abusive practices in the country after Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed as President . Rajapaksa’s previous administration was implicated in serious human rights violations during the final stages of Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war and in suppression of freedoms of the media, expression, and association
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Activists fear Rajapaksa’s return to power

Intensification of conflict in Anglophone Cameroon: citizens targeted

Violence and human rights violations in the ongoing conflict between armed separatist in the two Anglophone and government forces have reached unprecedented levels in the past few months. According to the International Crisis Group, at least 400 civilians in the Anglophone regions were killed in the last year, besides 170 military and police officers, and hundreds of separatists. A particularly worrying development in the conflict is the targeting of the population by both government forces and separatists, the forming of pro-government militias and criminal small groups, said the conflict watchdog. Read more

Intensification of conflict in Anglophone Cameroon:  citizens targeted

Turkmenistan: The state restricts fundamental rights to cover up crisis

As the serious economic crisis continues in Turkmenistan, the authorities try to cover up its impact by rigidly controlling state media, preventing citizens from accessing foreign sources of information and intimidating those who dare to speak out. Read more

Turkmenistan: The state restricts fundamental rights to cover up crisis

Conviction of former General involved in disappearances of activists important step for justice

In September 2018, the courts convicted retired army General Jovito Palparan, nicknamed "The Butcher" and sentenced him to life imprisonment for the kidnapping of two leftist student activists in 2006. Read more

Conviction of former General involved in disappearances of activists important step for justice

UN and rights group findings show systematic repression of Muslims from the Xinjiang Uighur region

Concerns about systematic repression of ethnic Uighur Muslims from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have been raised by both a UN body and an international human rights watchdog over the last month. Read more

UN and rights group findings show systematic repression of Muslims from the Xinjiang Uighur region

new hope for democracy and rule of law yet to be felt by activists

Military court sentences 10 soldiers who violently attacked aid workers in 2016, as Kiir and Machar gear up to sign the final peace deal at IGAD summit. However, vocal activists remain in detention as arbitrary arrests continue. Read more

new hope for democracy and rule of law yet to be felt by activists