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Thousands protest for more sustainable EU agriculture policy in Berlin

Under the slogan “We have enough of the agribusiness industry”,on 19th January 2019, around 35.000 people protested against the negative impacts of EU agricultural subsidies in Berlin. Read more

 Thousands protest for more sustainable EU agriculture policy in Berlin

Reinforced authoritarianism – sentencing of opposition activists, surveillance of citizens

This update covers developments on the freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression in Kazakhstan from October to December 2018 and was prepared for the CIVICUS Monitor by International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and Kazakhstan International Bureau of Human Rights and Rule of Law (KIBHR) based on KIBHR’s monitoring of the situation in the country. Read more

Reinforced authoritarianism – sentencing of opposition activists, surveillance of citizens

Anti-encryption law rammed through Australian parliament could impact global privacy

In December 2018, Australia’s parliament passed the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 that will allow the country's intelligence and law enforcement agencies to demand access to end-to-end encrypted digital communications. Read more

Anti-encryption law rammed through Australian parliament could impact global privacy

Ongoing surveillance of NGO workers despite Presidential assurances on human rights

Due to recent events, it appears that civil society continues to be closely monitored and under surveillance. On 7th September 2018, during a funeral gathering in a café organised for the husband of human rights defender Rita Karasartova, human rights defenders Gulnara Dzhurabaeva, Dinara Oshurakhunova and Burul Makenbaeva found a recording device under the table where they were sitting. Read more

Ongoing surveillance of NGO workers despite Presidential assurances on human rights

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

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

Thousands protest roll back of pro-labour policies

On 21st November 2018, tens of thousands of workers launched a half-day strike across South Korea, accusing the government of rolling back pro-labour policies in the face of deepening economic woes Read more

Thousands protest roll back of pro-labour policies

Divisive rhetoric fuels attacks on expression

On 26th October 2018, a news van for a local TV station was set on fire in the station’s parking lot in Salinas, California. Read more

Divisive rhetoric fuels attacks on expression

Nine Hong Kong “Umbrella movement” activists facing trial while pro-independence party banned

Nine leaders of the 2014 Hong Kong pro-democracy protests have been charged with three vague and ambiguous offences, each facing a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment. On 19th November 2018, the nine leaders will stand . Read more

Nine Hong Kong “Umbrella movement” activists facing trial while pro-independence party banned

Proposed cybersecurity bill breaches privacy rights and rights to freedom of expression

Rights groups and UN have warned the government that a bill to provide law enforcement and security agencies with new powers to access every Australian’s communications data has significant privacy implications Read more

Proposed cybersecurity bill breaches privacy rights and rights to freedom of expression