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Brunei citizens fear speaking out on new cruel and inhuman punishments

On 3rd April 2019, Brunei brought into force a revised Sharia (Islamic law) penal code that imposes the death penalty and public flogging for various offences. According to human rights groups , those in the country who oppose the law face real risks if they speak out against the laws Read more

Brunei citizens fear speaking out on new cruel and inhuman punishments

Tajikistan’s International human rights obligations under scrutiny

This update covers developments relating to civil society and civic freedoms in Tajikistan from November 2018 to February 2019. International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) prepared this report as part of its cooperation with the CIVICUS Monitor. Read more

Tajikistan’s International human rights obligations under scrutiny

Public vilification of activism continues

International CSO, Human Rights Watch has drawn attention to the lack of media freedom and poor working environment for journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In its annual report, the group stated that independent outlets and journalists continue to face threats during their work. Read more

Public vilification of activism continues

Private security company hired by authorities to research anti-base protesters in Okinawa

In January 2019, a newspaper published a report that a private security company had been hired by the authorities in 2015 to conduct research and surveillance of protesters in Okinawa opposing the U.S. military base relocation. In the previous month, a court upheld the guilty verdict against an Okinawan for his anti-U.S. base activities while two Hong Kong activists were arrested in Tokyo for protesting at a war shrine. In March 2019, Human Rights Watch published a report on abuses against transgender people Read more

Private security company hired by authorities to research anti-base protesters in Okinawa

Activists facing criminal defamation charges for raising corruption concerns

In February 2019, it was reported that two government officials in Vanuatu are seeking criminal defamation charges against at least five activists for their allegations that he had unlawfully influenced the appointment of a Public Service Commissioner. Read more

Activists facing criminal defamation charges for raising corruption concerns

Anti-corruption reporting under threat as investigations into media attacks stall

In December 2018, the arrest of an opposition MP sparked a nationwide debate. Nebojisa Medojevic, an MP from the opposition Democratic Front (DF), was arrested after refusing to testify about accusations of high-level corruption. In a separate incident, on 19th December 2018 The EU-Montenegro Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee expressed concerns relating to media freedom in Montenegro and the political interference in the national public broadcaster. Read more

Anti-corruption reporting under threat as investigations into media attacks stall

Attacks on fundamental freedoms and minorities persist, ahead of elections

Ahead of presidential elections in Indonesia scheduled to be held in April 2019, the crackdown on activists in West Papua have continued. Further, a CSO event was shut down, books banned, and an environmental human rights defender was attacked. A new law has also been proposed that could restrict the freedoms of musicians. Read more

Attacks on fundamental freedoms and minorities persist, ahead of elections

Six people arrested during clashes with the police

Clashes between the police and a group of farmers were reported on 18th December 2018 in the town of Divisa after a failed negotiation meeting between the farmers and the Ministers of Industry, Security and Agriculture. Read more

 Six people arrested during clashes with the police

Transgender community continues struggle against rising tide of religious intolerance

Transgender people living in Tonga known locally as ‘leitis’ continue to struggle against a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance against the community in the South Pacific , Press freedom remains a concern in Tonga and the country dropped two places in the Reporters without Borders, World Press Freedom rankings to 51 in 2018 Read more

Transgender community continues struggle against rising tide of religious intolerance