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Supreme Court ruling sets dangerous precedent for journalists’ source confidentiality

On 30th November 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that a Vice reporter must surrender his materials related to a case about an accused terrorist to the Royal Mounted Canadian Police. Read more

Supreme Court ruling sets dangerous precedent for journalists’ source confidentiality

Moratorium on use of repressive laws lifted despite promises at the UN human rights council

In November 2018, Malaysia underwent a review at the Human Rights Council and reiterated its commitment to human rights reforms. Despite this in December 2018 it decided to lift a moratorium on the use of restrictive laws Read more

Moratorium on use of repressive laws lifted despite promises at the UN human rights council

Three women HRDs sentenced to two and a half years in prison

Judicial harassment in Guatemala moved beyond unlawful arrests and is now in a stage of sentences that will leave human rights defenders in prison for years. Read more

 Three women HRDs sentenced to two and a half years in prison

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

Land disputes undermine civic space in Honduras

On 13th September 2018, 18 land rights defenders and members of Comité Municipal de Defensa de los Bienes Comunes y Públicos de Tocoa were informed of an arrest warrant issued against them. Read more

Land disputes undermine civic space in Honduras

Criminalisation of activists and protesters continue forcing people to leave the country

The Nicaraguan government continues to harass and criminalise human rights defenders in the country. On 14th October 2018, two prominent social leaders, Haydeé Castillo and Lottie Cunningham, were detained and prevented from travelling to Washington DC. Read more

 Criminalisation of activists and protesters continue forcing people to leave the country
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Chilean authorities use the Anti-terrorism law to criminalise Mapuches' leaders.

On 9th August 2018, Amnesty International published the report: Pre-juicios injustos: Criminalización del pueblo Mapuche a través de la Ley Antiterrorista. Read more

Chilean authorities use the Anti-terrorism law to criminalise Mapuches' leaders.

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

Political party denied registration, while court orders restrict expression

UTM party application for registration declined by the deputy registrar, while courts perceived to be restricting freedom of expression as they develop a pattern of issuing orders to prohibit public discussion of corruption cases in the media. Read more

Political party denied registration, while court orders restrict expression