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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

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

Anti-corruption activists targeted with death threats and judicial persecution in Romania

Romanian authorities tried to undermine the candidature of former chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Kövesi for the European Public Prosecutor by taking judicial action against her. Laura Kovesi has successful convicted many high level politicians and in March 2019 was prohibited from leaving the country and speaking to media, after being charged with some criminal offences. Separately, in May 2019, the rector and the pro-rector of the Police Academy were charged for issuing death threat against journalist Emilia Șercan investigating corruption.
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Anti-corruption activists targeted with death threats and judicial persecution in Romania

Misuse of ICCPR Act and judicial system to stifle freedom of expression in Sri Lanka

In the last few months, a number of individuals have been arrested and charged under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act of 2007 for the peaceful expression of their views. Further, contempt of courts proceedings have been brought against academic and activist Sarath Wijesuriya and an intelligence office linked in the killing of a journalist has been reinstated. Following the April 2019 attacks social media was blocked temporarily. Read more

Misuse of ICCPR Act and judicial system to stifle freedom of expression in Sri Lanka

Civic freedoms in Cuba becoming increasingly restrained

Cuba continues to use arbitrary detention and harassment as strategies to restrict civic space. A frequent target of such tactics, organization Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) reported that 26 of their members were arrested on 23rd of June on their way to Sunday Masses, which were organised as rites of prayer for the freedom of political prisoners. Read more

Civic freedoms in Cuba becoming increasingly restrained

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



Attacks and threats against human rights defenders persist in Papua New Guinea

In recent months, civil society has reported the ongoing threats against human rights defenders, proposals to regulate social media by the government and protests by refugees on Manus island as they situation there deteriorates. Read more

Attacks and threats against human rights defenders persist in Papua New Guinea

Anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism funding measures may overburden CSOs

New measures to combat terrorism funding and money laundering have caused confusion among civil society, who also have raised concerns that these measures may increase the administrative burden on CSOs and may impact on their ability to fundraise. In addition, a school lecture on gender equality and identity delivered by a LGBTI CSO, sparked debate in the parliament in April 2019. Read more

Anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism funding measures may overburden CSOs