women

'Escape the corset’ feminist movement challenging societal beauty standards

There is a growing movement of young women activists in South Korea who are challenging long-held beauty ideals. They call themselves the "escape the corset" movement. These are acts of rebellion against the constraints they feel society has imposed upon them Read more

'Escape the corset’ feminist movement challenging societal beauty standards

Investigative journalists suspicious of official version of Viktoria Marinova's killing

On 6th October 2018, Viktoria Marinova, a Bulgarian journalist, presenter and administrative director of the local TV channel TVN was found dead in the town of Ruse. Read more

 Investigative journalists suspicious of official version of Viktoria Marinova's killing

Two land activists murdered in Brazil

On 8th December 2018, land activists José Bernardo da Silva and Rodrigo Celestino members of Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (Landless Rural Workers Movement, MST) were brutally murdered by masked and heavily armed assailants. Read more

Two land activists murdered in Brazil

Wave of killing of human rights defenders continues

As reported previously on the Monitor, the environment for human rights defenders and social leaders in Colombia remains hostile, and the wave of attacks continues unabated. Read more

Wave of killing of human rights defenders continues

After 62 days in hunger strike, Tomas Nuñez was released

The political prisoner Tomas Nuñez Magdariaga was released on 15th October 2018 after 62 days in a hunger strike. Read more

After 62 days in hunger strike, Tomas Nuñez was released

Social movements repressed and critical voices remain silenced

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, during 2016 and 2017, Morocco was rocked by the Hirak movement in Rif, northern Morocco. These regional protests were met with repression and arrest. In reaction, the government arrested hundreds of protesters for mobilising on the streets in Rif. In May 2017 the leader of the protests, Nasser Zefzafi was arrested. After a nine month trial, in June 2018, protesters Zefzafi and Nabil Ahmijeq, Wassim El Boustani and Samir Aghid were sentenced for a 20-year jail term. Read more

Social movements repressed and critical voices remain silenced

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

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

State continues to undermine the right to protest and expression

According to the newspaper La Prensa, new cases of attacks against journalists and independent media outlets have been recorded since the last report. Read more

State continues to undermine the right to protest and expression

Femen protestors met with violence by pro-Franco supporters in Madrid

Three Femen protestors interrupted a march by supporters of Spanish dictator Franco in November 2018. Read more

Femen protestors met with violence by pro-Franco supporters in Madrid