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Youth militias target fledgling opposition parties

Opposition party members continue to face harassment and intimidation from authorities and youth militias, independent media face suspension and revocation of licences. Read more

Youth militias target fledgling opposition parties
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Respect for rights by police yet to be seen despite appointment of new head

violent dispersal of protests continue, as police continue to commit human rights abuses under the guise of counter-terrorrism, despite guarantees of reform by new police chief. LGBTIQ rights remain a challenge as court dismisses petition, while religious lobby group proposes probe into LGBTIQ financing Read more

Respect for rights by police yet to be seen despite appointment of new head

Turkmenistan attacks the credibility of independent news sources and locks up critics

The authorities of Turkmenistan continue to strictly control the dissemination of information. State media focuses on the supposed well-being of the country and the achievements of its government while ignoring problems affecting the everyday life of residents such as the lack of basic foodstuffs and life-saving medicines in the context of the current economic crisis. Read more

Turkmenistan attacks the credibility of independent news sources and locks up critics

Intelligence agency coordinated with energy companies to spy on groups engaged in peaceful advocacy

In early July 2019, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) released a trove of documents, known as the Protest Papers, indicating that Canada's intelligence apparatus coordinated with energy companies to spy on several groups engaged in peaceful advocacy and protest. In the period covered by this update, several protests have also taken place in defense of environmental causes, LGBTQ and religious rights, and in solidarity with Hong Kong demonstrations. Journalist Ben Makuch handed over to the police all his communications with a source, after years of court battles.

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Intelligence agency coordinated with energy companies to spy on groups engaged in peaceful advocacy
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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

Arrests, office raids and internet restrictions as Lebanon continue crackdown on media freedom

This update covers the period between January 2019 and May 2019 and highlights incidents of attempts by a military tribunal to imprison a journalist for criticising the security forces on social media; raids by security forces, defamation lawsuit and attacks on media outlets; and continuous restrictions by the authorities of the space for LGBTQ community by blocking online dating app Grindr; while anti-austerity measures peaceful protesters were being dispersed through the use of water cannons. Read more

Arrests, office raids and internet restrictions as Lebanon continue crackdown on media freedom

Human Right Council calls on Brunei to review legislation limiting fundamental freedoms

The UN Human Rights Council reviewed the human rights record of Brunei in May 2019 and raised concerns around restrictive legislation such as the Sedition Act and ​the Local Newspapers Order. In the same month, Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report on Brunei’s new penal code that contains several provisions that impose criminal punishment for acts that violate the right to freedom of expression. Read more

Human Right Council calls on Brunei to review legislation limiting fundamental freedoms

CSOs listed as foreign agents, as protesters clash with police

3 human rights NGOs listed as foreign agents, duma proposes regulation of non-traditional religious centres, protesters clash with police as they oppose construction of a church on Labor square, journalists denied access to court room during 'seti trial'. Read more

CSOs listed as foreign agents, as protesters clash with police

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

Taliban threaten media with attack, amid ongoing peace process excluding CSOs and women

Taliban issue threat to media over anti-Taliban commercials and warn of targeted attacks. On 24th June 2019, the Taliban, in a statement, publicly threatened to turn critical media into a military target. Media workers continue to face intimidation, threats and attacks. Read more

Taliban threaten media with attack, amid ongoing peace process excluding CSOs and women