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Escalating concerns over right to privacy and freedom of expression on the net in South Korea

In March 2019, South Korea has introduced an internet filtering system to block user accounts that is raising concerns among privacy and freedom of expression activists. In the same month, a journalist was targeted for an article critical of the President, while women rights activists celebrated International Women’s day by protesting against the gender wage gap. In February 2019, protesters commemorate the death of a survivor and campaigner against sexual slavery during World War II. Read more

Escalating concerns over right to privacy and freedom of expression on the net in South Korea

30th April 2019: another peak in repression

The escalating tensions in Venezuela caused by the dispute of power between Juan Guaido and the ruling party have witnessed an increase in violations of civic freedoms. 30th April 2019, began as a day which could have marked the return of democracy to Venezuela. Opposition leader and interim President, Juan Guaidó appeared in the streets with the opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez who was previously sentenced to 14 years in prison and held under house arrest. The two politicians called for Venezuelans to take the streets and demand that Nicolas Maduro step down from power. Read more

30th April 2019: another peak in repression


Singapore parliament passes ‘Online Falsehoods Bill’ despite civil society concerns

The ‘Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill’ to combat fake news was submitted to parliament in April 2019 and has been tabled for a second reading in May despite concerns it could stifle freedom of expression. Activist Jolovan Wham was sentenced to a fine or days in prison, in February 2019 for organising an ‘illegal assembly’ and for contempt of court in April 2019. Singapore has remained ranked at a dismal 151st spot out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index released in April 2019 Read more

Singapore parliament passes ‘Online Falsehoods Bill’ despite civil society concerns

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


The EU adopts important benchmarks, as repression continues in Turkmenistan

This report reviews the protection of freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly in Turkmenistan from the end of December 2018 to the end of March 2019. International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR) have prepared it for the CIVICUS Monitor. Read more

The EU adopts important benchmarks, as repression continues in Turkmenistan


Sociopolitical crisis triggers attacks against HRDs

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expressed concerns regarding an increase of harassment against human rights defenders (HRDs) since 11th March 2019. Since March, local CSOs have documented an increase in defamatory messages from government authorities against activists. In fact, in the last few weeks at least five people were arrested without a court order after previously being identified on television for their work. Read more

Sociopolitical crisis triggers attacks against HRDs