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Criminal defamation law repealed but those expressing critical views still at risk

In November 2018 the Maldives parliament passed a bill to repeal the draconian Anti-Defamation and Freedom of Expression Act . In January 2019, there were threats against Ibrahim Ismail, a college chair and former lawmaker for expressing his religious views. Read more

Criminal defamation law repealed but those expressing critical views still at risk

Six years on, groups demand effective investigation into disappearance of activist Sombath Somphone

On the sixth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, over 100 civil society organisations worldwide called for the Lao government to conduct an independent, impartial, and effective investigation to reveal his fate and whereabouts. Read more

Six years on, groups demand effective investigation into disappearance of activist Sombath Somphone

Victory for indigenous and environmental groups protesting a controversial pipeline project

Indigenous and environmental groups who have been protesting a controversial pipeline project in British Columbia for years claimed a victory in their campaign to halt the project. Read more

Victory for indigenous and environmental groups protesting a controversial pipeline project

CSO conference takes place despite attempts to close it down

In early October 2018, a conference organised by civil society stirred controversy. The Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality's (AFE) meeting gathered 100 activists from 12 countries. Called NEDWA, it was the sixth annual meeting focused on gender rights in the region. Yet, AFE faced opposition from Lebanese authorities. The CSO noted that Lebanese security forces and a religious group tried to close the meeting. Read more

CSO conference takes place despite attempts to close it down


Millions Rally in Support of Catalonian Independence

On 11th September 2018 millions took to the streets in Barcelona during the annual Diada celebrations calling for Catalan independence and to demand the release of detained political prisoners. Read more

Millions Rally in Support of Catalonian Independence

Protests in Argentina after Senate rejected bill to legalise abortion

On 9th August 2018, thousands gathered outside the National Congress building waiting for the results of the Senate vote. Read more

Protests in Argentina after Senate rejected bill to legalise abortion


Sliding downhill: concerns remain regarding the civic space situation despite releases

Several alarming developments regarding fundamental freedoms have occurred in Tajikistan in the period under review as the authorities continue to increase pressure on those who oppose, or who are perceived to oppose the government, as well as independent lawyers and journalists. Read more

Sliding downhill: concerns remain regarding the civic space situation despite releases