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One dead after police violently repress student protests

During a student protest demanding a budget increased, security forces dispersed the protest with excessive force and as a result, one student was killed. Read more

 One dead after police violently repress student protests

Council of Europe demands release of political prisoners detained by Russia

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe issued a resolution relating to the situation in Ukraine and calls on the Russia Federation to release all political prisoners. Read more

Council of Europe demands release of political prisoners detained by Russia

Activists continue to face persecution as thousands mark Tiananmen anniversary in Hong Kong

Zhen Jianghua, the executive director of the Human Rights Campaign in China was formally charged in March 2018. Thousands of Hong Kong citizens held candles and paused for a moment's silence on 4th July 2018 to mark the suppression of pro-democracy protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989. Read more

Activists continue to face persecution as thousands mark Tiananmen anniversary in Hong Kong

Harsh sentences for 18 opposition protesters

On 6th April 2018, a court in Abidjan condemned 18 protesters to 12 days in prison and a fine of 50,000 CFA francs (95 USD) for participating in an opposition protest on 22nd March to demand a reform of the Independent Election Commission. Read more

Harsh sentences for 18 opposition protesters

Journalists in Belarus fined as the regime silences independent voices

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) recently reported on the financial harassment of independent journalists in Belarus. According to RSF, Belarusian journalists have received at least 50 fines since January 2018. Read more

Journalists in Belarus fined as the regime silences independent voices

Attacks on civic space continue with threats to dissolve opposition and jailing of judges

The Maldives Election commission has barred opposition candidates from contesting and has threatened to dissolved the the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party . On 10th May 2018, two judges, who were facing politically motivated charges of influencing court rulings, were sentenced to one year, seven months in prison. Read more

Attacks on civic space continue with threats to dissolve opposition and jailing of judges

Legitimacy of upcoming elections questioned with crackdown on media and opposition

The crackdown on the opposition and activists have continued ahead of the July elections. The UN has found the detention of opposition leader Kem Sokha to be arbitrary and have called for his release. Human rights groups have condemned the last blow to press freedom with the opaque sale of the Phnom Penh post. Two people have now been charged under the new lese majeste law Read more

Legitimacy of upcoming elections questioned with crackdown on media and opposition

Positive civic space developments: some activists hopeful, some still wary

There have indeed been some positive developments in this reporting period, including President Jeenbekov’s retraction of defamation claims against the news agency 24.kg and journalist Kabay Karabekov, after a court ordered them to pay several million soms in compensation, as well as President Jeenbekov’s active stance on anti-corruption measures and his emphasis on the need to improve the law enforcement and judicial systems, which, as such, are reportedly responsible for pervasive human rights violations. Read more

Positive civic space developments: some activists hopeful, some still wary