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Journalist sued for exposing Chinese meddling in Taiwan media

In recent months, civil society has documented the harassment of a seasoned journalist and legal amendments restricting freedom of movement. At the same time, Taiwan's parliament legalised same-sex marriage in a landmark vote in May 2019. Read more

Journalist sued for exposing Chinese meddling in Taiwan media

Atlantic Council declared an undesirable organisation by authorities

On 25th July 2019, Russia’s Attorney General’s Office announced that the Washington-based think tank, the Atlantic Council, was declared an “undesirable organisation” on Russian territory. Read more

Atlantic Council declared an undesirable organisation by authorities

Respect for rights by police yet to be seen despite appointment of new head

violent dispersal of protests continue, as police continue to commit human rights abuses under the guise of counter-terrorrism, despite guarantees of reform by new police chief. LGBTIQ rights remain a challenge as court dismisses petition, while religious lobby group proposes probe into LGBTIQ financing Read more

Respect for rights by police yet to be seen despite appointment of new head

Ethnic Clashes and Internet blackouts Continue Amid Abiy Government Reform Process

Human Rights NGO releases report examining the challenges faced by Ethiopian human rights defenders (HRDs) amid the ongoing reform process, religious leaders oppose travel by LGBTIQ tourist group as ethnic tensions continue amid reforms. Read more

Ethnic Clashes and Internet blackouts Continue Amid Abiy Government Reform Process

Protests in Honduras have left at least 3 demonstrators dead and several injured

Protests against education and health reforms in Honduras, organised by teachers’ and health workers' movement Plataforma Nacional en Defensa de la Salud Y Educación (Platform for the Defence of Health and Education), have continued to be met with strong repression in June and July 2019. As of 21 June 2019, news outlets reported at least 3 dead and 20 injured in protests across the country.

This update also discusses a court case against Tolupan indigenous leaders, the killing of trans activist Bessy Ferrera, intimidation attempts of a community leader in the Rio Blanco community, the killing of journalist and transperson Santiago Carbajal, and Honduras' new Criminal Code which experts consider overly restrictive in regard to civic space. Read more

Protests in Honduras have left at least 3 demonstrators dead and several injured

Intelligence agency coordinated with energy companies to spy on groups engaged in peaceful advocacy

In early July 2019, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) released a trove of documents, known as the Protest Papers, indicating that Canada's intelligence apparatus coordinated with energy companies to spy on several groups engaged in peaceful advocacy and protest. In the period covered by this update, several protests have also taken place in defense of environmental causes, LGBTQ and religious rights, and in solidarity with Hong Kong demonstrations. Journalist Ben Makuch handed over to the police all his communications with a source, after years of court battles.

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Intelligence agency coordinated with energy companies to spy on groups engaged in peaceful advocacy
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Poland faces EU legal action over reforms undermining judicial independence

Poland’s conservative government is facing legal actions by the European Union over controversial judicial reforms adopted in April 2018. The European Union Commission and the Court of Justice of the European Union argue that these reforms threaten independence of the judges and are in violation of the EU law. Additionally, the Human Rights Ombudsman faced serious threats by state-owned media, as LGBT marches proceeded defying threats, hate speech and ban attempts. Read more

Poland faces EU legal action over reforms undermining judicial independence

CSO threatened with fine for migrant rescue operations; anti-LGBT groups win court cases

In June 2019, authorities sent a warning letter to the captain of the Spanish NGO Open Arms threatening to fine them up to 901,000 Euros for "violations against maritime safety or traffic management" if they continue with migrant rescue operations. Read more

CSO threatened with fine for migrant rescue operations; anti-LGBT groups win court cases

Arrests, office raids and internet restrictions as Lebanon continue crackdown on media freedom

This update covers the period between January 2019 and May 2019 and highlights incidents of attempts by a military tribunal to imprison a journalist for criticising the security forces on social media; raids by security forces, defamation lawsuit and attacks on media outlets; and continuous restrictions by the authorities of the space for LGBTQ community by blocking online dating app Grindr; while anti-austerity measures peaceful protesters were being dispersed through the use of water cannons. Read more

Arrests, office raids and internet restrictions as Lebanon continue crackdown on media freedom