minority groups

Despite smears, civil society remains defiant

The last few months in 2018 witnessed several attacks against CSOs and human rights activists. A government campaign was initiated against a number of human rights organisations following an open letter to Federica Mogerini, the EU High Commissioner for Security and Foreign Affairs from CSOs. Read more

Despite smears, civil society remains defiant

Civil society says shutting down of international NGOs an ‘attack on civic freedoms’

In October 2018, the authorities ordered 18 international non-governmental organization (INGOs) to shut down operations and leave the country including Action Aid Read more

Civil society says shutting down of international NGOs an ‘attack on civic freedoms’


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