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Conflict over mining on indigenous lands leads to widespread civic space abuses

In early January the environmental organisation Acción Ecológica denounced government attempts to close it down. Read more

Conflict over mining on indigenous lands leads to widespread civic space abuses


Free speech violations decline but serious challenges remain

The latest analysis from the freedom of speech barometer shows a 15% drop in the number of violations in 2016. Read more

Free speech violations decline but serious challenges remain

UAE passes laws to further restrict civic space

Federal Law Decree 7/2016 further restricts the freedoms of association and expression. Read more

UAE passes laws to further restrict civic space

Journalists and writer convicted as clampdown on free expression continues

Omani authorities continue to pursue the prosecution of three journalists of Azamn newspaper, as well as a writer and cinema critic, for exercising their right to freedom of expression.


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Journalists and writer convicted as clampdown on free expression continues

No guarantees of safe passage for Edward Snowden in Norway

On 28th September, a Norwegian court of appeals rejected a legal rewuest from fugitive former US spy contractor Edward Snowden against the Norwegian government. Read more

No guarantees of safe passage for Edward Snowden in Norway

Free expression on Twitter carries a heavy penalty in Bahrain

The authorities have imprisoned journalists and human rights defenders because of comments made on the social media platform. Read more

Free expression on Twitter carries a heavy penalty in Bahrain

Free association curtailed through denial of registration, travel bans

The authorities in Belarus continue to severely restrict civic space, including the right to form and operate a civil society organisation. Read more

Free association curtailed through denial of registration, travel bans

Wave of anti-government protests met with police repression in Brazil

Police have used tear gas and beatings in response to large scale protests across Brazil, including in Rio De Janiero and Sao Paolo.
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Wave of anti-government protests met with police repression in Brazil

Authorities in Pakistan shut down critical women's rights group

Conditions continue to be difficult for civil society organisations in Pakistan, with those involved in human rights monitoring or those critical of government facing forced closure. Read more

Authorities in Pakistan shut down critical women's rights group