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Removal of blasphemy from constitution "an important step" for Ireland

During an October 2018 referendum, Voters decided by a large majority to remove the offence of blasphemy from Ireland's constitution. Read more

Removal of blasphemy from constitution "an important step" for Ireland


#Maanash fightback against new law

On 30th November 2018, hundreds began protested against amendments to Jordan's Income Tax law. Organising using the hashtag, #Maanash” (we don’t have money) on social media, protesters gathered to decry hikes to fuel prices and the new law. In other developments, on 10th December 2018, Jordanian authorities announced the decision to withdraw the draft cybercrime law. Read more

#Maanash fightback against new law

Femen protestors met with violence by pro-Franco supporters in Madrid

Three Femen protestors interrupted a march by supporters of Spanish dictator Franco in November 2018. Read more

Femen protestors met with violence by pro-Franco supporters in Madrid

New government moves to open space for dialogue with civil society

A number of ministries in Slovenia's new coalition government have moved to create more space for constructive dialogue with CSOs. Read more

New government moves to open space for dialogue with civil society

Improvement of civic space ratings but violations still occur

The Gambia's civic space ratings have improved from 'repressed' to 'obstructed' with the political transition in 2017, following 22 years of repressive rule under president Yahya Jammeh. This has opened space for civil society and substantially improved the human rights context in the country. Read more

Improvement of civic space ratings but violations still occur

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 highlights torture and ill-treatment of activists at UN review

Ahead of the review of Vietnam's implementation of the Anti-Torture Convention In November 2018, civil society organisations submitted a report on police brutality and torture against citizens including activists Read more

Civil society highlights torture and ill-treatment of activists at UN review

Warring Factions Sign Peace Agreement, Pledge to Release Political Prisoners

violations continue across the country despite the signing of a revitilised ceasefire Read more

Warring Factions Sign Peace Agreement, Pledge to Release Political Prisoners

Ongoing legal and policy changes to protect freedom of expression, welcomed by UN Special Rapporteur

David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, who visited Ecuador from 5th to 11th October 2018, has "welcomed and strongly encouraged the ongoing legal and policy changes initiated by the Ecuador Government to promote and protect the rights to freedom of opinion and expression." Read more

Ongoing legal and policy changes to protect freedom of expression, welcomed by UN Special Rapporteur