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Polish ruling party pressures cinemas to stop showing clerical abuse film

Members of the Law and Justice (Pis) party have reportedly pressured cinemas to stop showing the film, which deals with abuse of children by members of the clergy. Read more

Polish ruling party pressures cinemas to stop showing clerical abuse film

Concerns after National Police confirms the existence of a social media monitoring unit

On 27th November 2018, an audio was leaked through social networks in which the General Police Commander Faustino Mendoza speaks about the surveillance of messages from journalists and politicians. Read more

 Concerns after National Police confirms the existence of a social media monitoring unit

Social movements repressed and critical voices remain silenced

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, during 2016 and 2017, Morocco was rocked by the Hirak movement in Rif, northern Morocco. These regional protests were met with repression and arrest. In reaction, the government arrested hundreds of protesters for mobilising on the streets in Rif. In May 2017 the leader of the protests, Nasser Zefzafi was arrested. After a nine month trial, in June 2018, protesters Zefzafi and Nabil Ahmijeq, Wassim El Boustani and Samir Aghid were sentenced for a 20-year jail term. Read more

Social movements repressed and critical voices remain silenced

Protests and tensions lead to internet restrictions

This update covers developments relating to civil society and civic freedoms in Tajikistan from September to November 2018. International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) prepared this report as part of its cooperation with the CIVICUS Monitor. Read more

Protests and tensions lead to internet restrictions

Residents protest failure to deliver on housing in Ryanggang Province

Despite the strict prohibition of independent gatherings, in November 2018, local residents in Hyesan, Ryanggang Province began to protest after promises made to them around their housing failed to materialise. Read more

Residents protest failure to deliver on housing in Ryanggang Province



Human rights defenders arrested and journalists injured

Human rights lawyer Yasser Al-Saleem and activist Abdelhamid Al-Bayoush arrested, journalists Ibrahim Ahmad and Gulistan Mohammed, who work for the Syrian Kurdish news agency ANHA/Hawa, sustained gunshot injuries while covering clashes, Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda released after 40 months detention by Islamist group, Syrian writer Souleman Yousph arrested and detained for five days after critising the Kurdish Democratic Union Read more

Human rights defenders arrested and journalists injured

New media charter considered "worthless" by journalists

On 19th November 2018, the European Council highlighted Sudan's lack of respect for civic freedoms. The statement by the European Council comes after the adoption of Sudan's new Media Charter on 1st November 2018. While the charter acknowledges the unrestricted right to the freedom of expression, local groups claim it is worthless if Sudanese authorities continue to persecute independent journalists. Read more

New media charter considered "worthless" by journalists

Women's rights come to the fore in India

On 25th September 2018, Bollywood actor Tanushree Dutta alleged that she was sexually harassed by director-actor, Nana Patekar on a film set in 2008. Speaking on television, the actor recollected her struggle after the incident. The Tanushree Dutta interview, single-handedly sparked a #MeToo movement in India. Thousands of women took to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment, assault, violence and sexual violence. Read more

Women's rights come to the fore in India