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Civil society calls for accountability for killing of Maldives journalist and its cover-up

In recent months, a presidential commission revealed that missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan had been murdered, while an international NGO has raised concerns about ongoing threats on human rights defenders. The trial of murdered HRD is currently ongoing and the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights raised concerns about threats to those challenging fundamentalism. Read more

Civil society calls for accountability for killing of Maldives journalist and its cover-up

Laos increases controls on social media news sites while anti-land grab protesters jailed

In recent months, the authorities have tightened control of social media news sites, jailed anti-land grab protesters from two to six years and continue to persecute religious minorities. Read more

Laos increases controls on social media news sites while anti-land grab protesters jailed

Tajikistan: International bodies alarmed at pressure on media and civil society

This update covers developments relating to civic space and the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly in Tajikistan from April to July 2019. International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) prepared the report as part of its cooperation with the CIVICUS Monitor. Read more

Tajikistan: International bodies alarmed at pressure on media and civil society

Ongoing use of defamation laws raises questions of Malaysia’s reform credentials

In recent months, there has been the continue use of defamation laws by the police and courts to arrest, prosecute and uphold sentences. Revisions to the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 still falls short of international laws and standards while the police intelligence unit has been linked to the enforced disappearance of two individuals. Read more

Ongoing use of defamation laws raises questions of Malaysia’s reform credentials

EU signs trade deal with Vietnam despite ongoing suppression of civic freedoms

Despite criticism from civil society, on 30th June 2019, the European Union and Vietnam on signed a free trade deal . In the last few months, civil society has documented arrests and prosecution of individuals for their peaceful expression in Vietnam, the disappearance of activists and long sentences handed down to protesters. Read more

EU signs trade deal with Vietnam despite ongoing suppression of civic freedoms

Civil society concerned about physical attacks and ongoing prosecution of Thai activists

In the last few months, there have been physical attacks against activists and human rights defenders or activists who have disappeared or placed under surveillance. Further, land rights activists from Sai Thong National Park have been prosecuted and jailed while pro-democracy student activists are facing sedition charges. Read more

Civil society concerned about physical attacks and ongoing prosecution of Thai activists

Hong Kong protests met with excessive force as activists suppressed around Tiananmen anniversary

Since March 2019, activists in China have been arrested for their work and human rights lawyers banned from leaving the country while peaceful protesters have been detained by the authorities. In Hong Kong there has been mass protests against an extradition bill which has been met with excessive force by the police while surveillance was ramped up around the Tiananmen anniversary. Read more

Hong Kong protests met with excessive force as activists suppressed around Tiananmen anniversary

Lack of accountability for Pashtun rights protesters killed and injured in North Waziristan

In the last few months, state repression against the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) a mass movement promoting the rights of the Pashtun people has persisted as well as journalists covering the movement. Human rights defender Gulalai Ismail remains at risk of arrest for her activism, journalists are being monitored on social media and despite commitments by the authorities to address enforced disappearances including of activists, progress has been slow. Read more

Lack of accountability for Pashtun rights protesters killed and injured in North Waziristan


Maduro government continues to strangle opposition with repression and intimidation

In the fallout of opposition leader Juan Guaidó's address calling the population to take to the streets, there have been several reports of protesters injured and killed in Venezuela, as well as a crackdown on freedom of expression throughout the month of May 2019 - in particular through the strategic disruption of internet services. Opposition politician Edgar Zambrano was arrested for supporting Guaidó's uprising and one Human Rights Defender, Alexis Bustamante, has been reported missing. Read more

Maduro government continues to strangle opposition with repression and intimidation