refugees and migrants

Journalists attacked by thugs aligned with ruling party

As we've previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, journalists in Bangladesh face a myriad of threats from government groups, Bangladeshi security forces and religious extremists. On 28th October 2017, several journalists of national newspapers and private television channels were attacked by a mob who are allegedly affiliated to Bangladesh's ruling political party, the Awami League. Read more

Journalists attacked by thugs aligned with ruling party

Deepening humanitarian crisis now coined a "catastrophe"

As we've previously reported in the CIVICUS Monitor, the unfolding crisis in Rakhine state continues to attract widespread international condemnation. Mounting evidence of crimes against humanity perpetrated by security forces in Myanmar compounded by a deepening humanitarian crisis has left Myanmar's Rohingya muslim community in the conflict zone bereft of vital protection and aid. Read more

Deepening humanitarian crisis now coined a "catastrophe"

Refugees protest poor detention centre conditions on Australian-controlled Manus Island

A several days protest took place in Manus Island detention centre as refugees oppose their transfers to a new centre that is located in an area they claimed could be dangerous. Read more

Refugees protest poor detention centre conditions on Australian-controlled Manus Island

Journalist released, declares Azerbaijan "one big jail"

Turan is one of the few remaining independent media outlets in Azerbaijan and has faced other pressures from the authorities. On 25th August 2017, Mehman Aliyev, the director of Turan, was arrested for tax evasion. The Azeri opposition claims the move is an attack on freedom of speech in Azerbaijan. Fuad Agayev, Aliyev's lawyer, said that the charges against his client are politically motivated. On 12th September 2017, Aliyev was released from custody but is under police surveillance and cannot leave the country. Read more

Journalist released, declares Azerbaijan "one big jail"

China increases pressure on dissidents ahead of Communist Party Congress

Ahead of the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Congress on 14th October 2017, fears have continued to rise over an increased clampdown on civic freedoms. Read more

China increases pressure on dissidents ahead of Communist Party Congress

Tensions over immigration rise in wake of terror attack

A terror attack in Turku on 18th August left two dead and fueled political tensions in Finland. Read more

Tensions over immigration rise in wake of terror attack

Police detain NRM protesters in Gothenburg

On 28th September, the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) organised a far-right demonstration in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city. Approximately 600 NRM supporters turned out to demonstrate, facing off with counter protesters. Police reported several injuries when police clashed with NRM protesters who tried to take another route that had not been previously approved for the march by a Swedish court. Police reported two injuries and 60 detained. Read more

Police detain NRM protesters in Gothenburg


Crackdown on Christian followers as thousands flee the country

The situation in Eritrea remains dire with thousands trying to flee for safety and security. The level of state control over Eritreans' lives has contributed to a prison-like state for citizens, where there is no protection of or respect for fundamental freedoms. Read more

Crackdown on Christian followers as thousands flee the country

One woman killed and many injured during "Unite the Right" demonstration

United the Right rally resulted in many people injured and one woman killed when a car crashed into the crowd. Read more

One woman killed and many injured during "Unite the Right" demonstration