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Ongoing attacks on journalists and activists, as elections draw near

Over the last few months, journalists and activists in India have faced attacks and persecution for their work . Government critics have been charged with sedition and laws have been used to target civil society Read more

Ongoing attacks on journalists and activists, as elections draw near

Attacks on fundamental freedoms and minorities persist, ahead of elections

Ahead of presidential elections in Indonesia scheduled to be held in April 2019, the crackdown on activists in West Papua have continued. Further, a CSO event was shut down, books banned, and an environmental human rights defender was attacked. A new law has also been proposed that could restrict the freedoms of musicians. Read more

Attacks on fundamental freedoms and minorities persist, ahead of elections


Concern after brutal attack on women HRDs in prison

On 26th October 2018, a group of masked and armed men broke in the cell of women political prisoners and beat 17 of them. Read more

 Concern after brutal attack on women HRDs in prison

Human rights lawyer assisting families of slain sugar farmers in Sagay gunned down

On 6th November 2018, human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos was gunned down by unidentified men in the Philippines. Ramos had recently been providing free legal assistance to the families of nine sugar farm workers who were killed in Sagay City on 20th October. Read more

Human rights lawyer assisting families of slain sugar farmers in Sagay gunned down

Civil society activists among those killed in violence around elections

The Afghan parliamentary elections was held on 20 October 2018 amid violent attacks against civilians, candidates and activists Read more

Civil society activists among those killed in violence around elections

Police criticised for abetting the use of force to remove housing protestors

Members of An Garda Síochana wore balaclavas and stood by while a forceful eviction of housing protestors took place in September 2018 in Dublin. Read more

Police criticised for abetting the use of force to remove housing protestors

Hundreds detained during protests against pension reforms

Since late September 2018 people in Russia's North Caucasus region of Ingushetia have been protesting over a controversial border delimitation deal with neighboring Chechnya signed by Ingush leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and Ramzan Kadyrov, his Chechen counterpart. Read more

Hundreds detained during protests against pension reforms

Journalist Jones Abiri finally released, media stakeholders reject Press Council Bill

On 15th August 2018, journalist Jones Abiri was released on bail after being detained for over two years, largely incommunicado, by the Department of State Security (DSS) without appearing in front of a court. Abiri, publisher and editor-in-chief of the newspaper Weekly Source, was arrested on 21st July 2016 by armed agents of the State Security Service at his office in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, accusing Abiri of being the leader of separatist group Joint Revolutionary Council of the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force in a statement sent by the security service to Nigerian journalists in July 2016. Read more

Journalist Jones Abiri finally released, media stakeholders reject Press Council Bill

Kazakhstan: Rapid shrinking of civic space and freedoms

This update covers developments on the freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression in Kazakhstan from July to September 2018. It was prepared by International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and Kazakhstan International Bureau of Human Rights and Rule of Law (KIBHR) for the CIVICUS Monitor based on KIBHR’s monitoring of the situation in the country. Read more

Kazakhstan: Rapid shrinking of civic space and freedoms