refugees and migrants

Bangladesh authorities suppressing critics and restricting freedoms in refugee camps

In recent months lawyers and writers have faced criminal defamation charges for their critical comments, four journalists are facing trumped up charges for exposing police negligence and a news website has been blocked. Further, the authorities are attempting to restrict the civic freedoms of Rohingya refugees in the camps in Cox Bazar and have banned some NGOs from working there. Read more

Bangladesh authorities suppressing critics and restricting freedoms in refugee camps

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

Espionage Act charges against Assange jeopardise press freedom

In the period covered by this update, from 20th May to the 8th July 2019, there have been coordinated rallies and demonstrations across the US on issues ranging from migration, women's rights, public housing and climate change. In many cases, demonstrations resulted in the arrest of some participants. There have also been a number of developments related to freedom of association and expression - in particular, indictments in the Assange WikiLeaks case which have drawn concerns over the state of press freedom in the country. Read more

Espionage Act charges against Assange jeopardise press freedom

Misuse of ICCPR Act and judicial system to stifle freedom of expression in Sri Lanka

In the last few months, a number of individuals have been arrested and charged under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act of 2007 for the peaceful expression of their views. Further, contempt of courts proceedings have been brought against academic and activist Sarath Wijesuriya and an intelligence office linked in the killing of a journalist has been reinstated. Following the April 2019 attacks social media was blocked temporarily. Read more

Misuse of ICCPR Act and judicial system to stifle freedom of expression in Sri Lanka

Sea rescue operations faced with high penalties for saving peoples’ lives in Italy

In June 2019 the Italian government issued a new security decree that grants more power to the Minister of Interior on immigration issues and could endanger the work of NGO rescue missions in the Mediterranean. Read more

Sea rescue operations faced with high penalties for saving peoples’ lives in Italy

Growing protection concerns as journalists in Greece targeted by violent actors

Journalists and media professional have been targeted by protesters and violent non-state actors for their critical reporting. On 14th May 2019, the car of a well-known police reporter for the CNN’s Greek edition, was destroyed in an arson attack. In addition, the head of the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR) resigned accusing the government of “authoritarianism in taking and enforcing its decisions” and for demonstrating “indifferent and often degrading positions” towards the Commission. On the positive side, efforts have been made towards decriminalisation of defamation. Read more

Growing protection concerns  as journalists in Greece targeted by violent actors

Migrant workers in Vanuatu protest repatriation plans fearing for their lives

Dozens of migrant workers from Bangladesh who were trafficked to Vanuatu are protesting plans to repatriate them as the fear for their lives if they return to Bangladesh. Read more

Migrant workers  in Vanuatu protest repatriation plans fearing for their lives

Two activists linked to the band “Pussy Riot” to receive asylum in Sweden

Lusine Djanyan and Alexey Knedlyakovsky, two activists linked to the Russian protest group Pussy Riot, have received asylum status in Sweden. Read more

 Two activists linked to the band “Pussy Riot” to receive asylum in Sweden

New Restrictions on White House press correspondents

In early May 2019, the Trump administration implemented new standards for journalists to receive press credentials to attend White House press briefings, essentially revoking the passes for many longtime White House reporters. Read more

New Restrictions on White House press correspondents

Dispersal of protests continues to be a major challenge to peaceful assembly

Authorities continue to disperse and restrict protests, while the courts issue positive orders holding security officers to account for excessive force. Read more

Dispersal of protests continues to be a major challenge to peaceful assembly