minority groups

UN fact-finding mission finds serious crimes fuelled by the silencing of critical voices

In August 2018, a fact-finding mission report on Myanmar found that violence and human rights violations, including in Kachin, Rakhine, and Shan states, “are fuelled by the silencing of critical voices by the Myanmar authorities”. Read more

UN fact-finding mission finds serious crimes fuelled by the silencing of critical voices

UN and rights group findings show systematic repression of Muslims from the Xinjiang Uighur region

Concerns about systematic repression of ethnic Uighur Muslims from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have been raised by both a UN body and an international human rights watchdog over the last month. Read more

UN and rights group findings show systematic repression of Muslims from the Xinjiang Uighur region

Activists alarmed by protest restrictions in Tokyo

In June 2018, the Shinjuku Ward Office in Tokyo announced plans to limit the number of parks that demonstrators could use for rallies from the current four to one starting from August 2018 Read more

Activists alarmed by protest restrictions in Tokyo

Journalist abducted, risks it all to save his life

Journalist narrowly escapes and attempted murder after being kidnapped, Kenyans join the #FreeBobiWine protest in solidarity with their Ugandan counter parts while the judiciary receives massive budget cuts in what has been criticized as punishment from the executive for judgments of court against government. Read more

Journalist abducted, risks it all to save his life

Omani authorities arbitrarily detain individuals in Musandam Governorate

Five people were arbitrarily arrested and detained for unclear reasons, although human rights activists believe the arrests could have been motivated by discrimination based on their tribal origin. Read more

Omani authorities arbitrarily detain individuals in Musandam Governorate

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

Protests Against Law Banning Full-Face Coverings

Denmark approves law banning full-face coverings, protests follow. First fine issued following enactment of the law. Read more

Protests Against Law Banning Full-Face Coverings

Activists threatened and attacked while families of the disappeared protest hearings

Activists working on cases of enforced disappearances are being threatened and attacked . Families of the disappeared are protesting against meetings with the Office for Missing Persons (OMP), saying they had no faith in the body to ensure justice
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Activists threatened and attacked while families of the disappeared protest hearings

India: anti-corruption activists under attack

Recently, the issue of transparency and accountability in India has been a flashpoint for the persecution of anti-corruption activists. As of March 2018, 67 people have been murdered for allegedly seeking information under the legislation. This number has increased in the last three months as two more activists have been killed for their work demanding transparency.

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India: anti-corruption activists under attack

Nationalist Groups Contribute to Constricted Media Freedoms

As we've previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, threats and smears against journalists have seriously hampered the efficacy of independent journalism in Croatia. In this update, we detail that between the period between 8th March and 2nd May 2018, Croatian nationalist groups have contributed to a constricted environment for investigative and impartial journalism. Read more

Nationalist Groups Contribute to Constricted Media Freedoms