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Whistleblower reveals government monitoring journalists and activists due to their work

The government has created a secret database to monitor journalists and activists engaged on issues related to migrants at or near the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a 6th March report from NBC News. Read more

Whistleblower reveals government monitoring journalists and activists due to their work

The EU adopts important benchmarks, as repression continues in Turkmenistan

This report reviews the protection of freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly in Turkmenistan from the end of December 2018 to the end of March 2019. International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR) have prepared it for the CIVICUS Monitor. Read more

The EU adopts important benchmarks, as repression continues in Turkmenistan



Criminal defamation law repealed but those expressing critical views still at risk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Criminal defamation law repealed but those expressing critical views still at risk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