LGBTI

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


New collaboration seeks to counter disinformation in the media

A new collaboration between the media, civil society and military communications experts seeks to combat the problem of disinformation in the media. Read more

New collaboration seeks to counter disinformation in the media

Mass protest in Taiwan calling for an independence vote

In October 2018, tens of thousands of independence activists took to the streets for a major rally calling for an outright independence vote since Taiwan first became a democracy more than 20 years ago Read more

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Mass protest in Taiwan calling for an independence vote

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

Despite smears, civil society remains defiant

The last few months in 2018 witnessed several attacks against CSOs and human rights activists. A government campaign was initiated against a number of human rights organisations following an open letter to Federica Mogerini, the EU High Commissioner for Security and Foreign Affairs from CSOs. Read more

Despite smears, civil society remains defiant