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Civil society urges new parliament to empower commission to probe murder and disappearances

A Presidential commission to probe unresolved murders and disappearances including of blogger and activist Yameen Rasheed and the abduction of journalist Ahmed Rilwan is still lacking investigative powers. A report released by the Maldives Democracy Network in April 2019 highlighted that despite case of threats and intimidation against human rights defenders, the police have failed to address this adequately Read more

Civil society urges new parliament to empower commission to probe murder and disappearances

Arbitrary arrests, judicial harassment and attacks on activists and critics in India persist

Over the last few months, there has been the continued use of restrictive laws such as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Sedition Act to harass, criminalise and detain activists and silence dissent. Cases have also been documented of attacks and ill-treatment of activists by the police, attacks on journalists and at least one case of an activist that has gone missing. Read more

Arbitrary arrests, judicial harassment and attacks on activists and critics in India persist

UN expert reports of ‘a near-total lack of space for freedom of expression’ in Laos

In March 2019, the UN expert on poverty and human rights visited Laos and found that there was a lack of space for freedom of expression and strict limitations on media and civil society. In the same month, civil society groups called on the EU to be more vocal in its engagement with Laos on human rights issues including on civic space. Further, reports highlight that many are turning to the internet to access information due to ongoing media restrictions and at least two jailed protesters have taken ill. Read more

UN expert reports of ‘a near-total lack of space for freedom of expression’ in Laos

Despite international scrutiny, Vietnam continues to conduct surveillance, harass and jail activists

Despite the scrutiny at the UN and by the EU, the persecution of activists has continued over the last few months. Some have been jailed for their peaceful expression while others have been intimidated and harassed. Further, the draconian cyber security law came into force in January 2019. Read more

Despite international scrutiny, Vietnam continues to conduct surveillance, harass and jail activists

Political crisis undermines civic space freedoms

In the context of Venezuela's political, economic and humanitarian crisis, human rights defenders, opposition leaders and civil society organisations have been subjected to harassment and intimidation for their opposition to the government or for denouncing human rights violations. Read more

 Political crisis undermines civic space freedoms
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Nepali government muzzling critical voices and introducing new restrictive laws

A popular Nepali folk singer was forced to remove a satirical song on corruption from YouTube after the youth wing of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) allegedly threatened him. In February 2019, Nepal's government tabled draft legislation that would impose harsh sanctions for "improper" social media posts, igniting concerns it could be used to suppress freedom of speech and stifle dissent. Read more

Nepali government muzzling critical voices and introducing new restrictive laws

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