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Court acquitted 11 rural farmers after six years in prison

On 26th July 2018, the Supreme Court of Justice acquitted 11 campesinos (rural farmers) who were convicted in 2016 of first-degree murder, land invasion and other crimes in the context of a violent eviction by police in 2012. Read more

Court acquitted 11 rural farmers after six years in prison

Environment for defenders continues to be hostile with one WHRD killed in July

On 28th July 2018, the authorities found the dead body of Juana Raymundo, a women activist, Ixil indigenous leader and member of Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (Campesino Development Committee, CODECA). Read more

 Environment for defenders continues to be hostile with one WHRD killed in July

NGO workers assisting migrants regularly harassed by police

A report released at the beginning of August by four NGOs warns of police intimidation and harassment of aid workers assisting refugees in Calais and Dunkirk. Read more

NGO workers assisting migrants regularly harassed by police

Civil society welcomes Supreme Court ruling over same-sex marriage

Representatives of the LGBTI community in Costa Rica welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice declaring that the country's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Read more

Civil society welcomes Supreme Court ruling over same-sex marriage

Critics of military junta continue to be criminalised

The military junta continues to use sedition and other laws restricting expression and assembly against its critics. The courts have thrown out cases of criminal defamation filed by businesses. In the Deep South activists continue to be detained under martial law. Read more

Critics of military junta continue to be criminalised

Mass protests hit the country, while attacks on journalists sharply increase

Several news outlets, were attacked or threatened during this reporting period, contributing to an already tense environment in many of the country’s newsrooms. Read more

 Mass protests hit the country, while attacks on journalists sharply increase

Journalists, bloggers to be included in foreign agents law

In August, the State Duma moved to widen the scope of Russia's foreign agent law so that it now captures individual journalists and bloggers. Read more

Journalists, bloggers to be included in foreign agents law

Sliding downhill: concerns remain regarding the civic space situation despite releases

Several alarming developments regarding fundamental freedoms have occurred in Tajikistan in the period under review as the authorities continue to increase pressure on those who oppose, or who are perceived to oppose the government, as well as independent lawyers and journalists. Read more

Sliding downhill: concerns remain regarding the civic space situation despite releases

Coalition party moves to cut funding to "political NGOs"

One of the parties in the Czech Republic's governing coalition has proposed a 20% cut in funding to NGOs, which observers fear could be targetted at vocal human rights groups. Read more

Coalition party moves to cut funding to "political NGOs"