refugees and migrants

Supreme Court ruling sets dangerous precedent for journalists’ source confidentiality

On 30th November 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that a Vice reporter must surrender his materials related to a case about an accused terrorist to the Royal Mounted Canadian Police. Read more

Supreme Court ruling sets dangerous precedent for journalists’ source confidentiality

Humanitarian workers released on bail, still face serious charges

Four humanitarian NGO workers, who had been providing assistance to refugees and migrants on the island of Lesvos, were released on bail on 4th December 2018. They still face serious charges, including espionage and people smuggling, which could result in jail sentences of up to 25 years. Read more

Humanitarian workers released on bail, still face serious charges

Divisive rhetoric fuels attacks on expression

On 26th October 2018, a news van for a local TV station was set on fire in the station’s parking lot in Salinas, California. Read more

Divisive rhetoric fuels attacks on expression

Smear campaign against leading human rights group, as elections loom

A smear campaign has been unleashed by government-aligned media in Bangladesh against local human rights group Odhikar Read more

Smear campaign against leading human rights group, as elections loom

New government moves to open space for dialogue with civil society

A number of ministries in Slovenia's new coalition government have moved to create more space for constructive dialogue with CSOs. Read more

New government moves to open space for dialogue with civil society

International groups criticise Italy for targetting NGOs

UN experts wrote to Italian authorities in October, criticising them following the eviction of NGOs in Rome. Read more

International groups criticise Italy for targetting NGOs

Land disputes undermine civic space in Honduras

On 13th September 2018, 18 land rights defenders and members of Comité Municipal de Defensa de los Bienes Comunes y Públicos de Tocoa were informed of an arrest warrant issued against them. Read more

Land disputes undermine civic space in Honduras

Tensions between the government and public officials over fiscal reforms

Public sector workers in Costa Rica began a strike on 10th September 2018, rejecting the fiscal reform presented by the government of President Carlos Alvarado. Read more

Tensions between the government and public officials over fiscal reforms


MSF forced to terminate mental health services for refugees and leave

On 6th October 2018, Nauru’s government ordered Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to stop work there immediately and leave the island, despite a physical and mental health crisis in the country. Read more

MSF forced to terminate mental health services for refugees and leave