Friday 18.10.2019 Costa Rica - Latest Developments
On 3rd September 2019, several Costa Rican unions marched in San José to protest a draft bill (No. 21.049) proposing new regulations for strikes. Proponents of the regulation argue that current practices generate an insecure economic environment. But, as previously reported on the Monitor, opponents believe this new law to be overly authoritarian, limiting the right to peaceful assembly.
In a separate development, on 21st September 2019, senior citizen Norman del Valle was forcibly removed from the San Ramón Regional Museum after expressing critical views about Cuba’s regime during an event at the museum. Read more
Friday 18.10.2019 Dominican Republic - Latest Developments
A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow President Danilo Medina to run for a third term sparked protests in the Dominican Republic in June and July 2019. One protest ended with a number of people injured, including a Congressman. On 23rd July 2019, President Danilo Medina announced that he would not go forward with the constitutional reform.
On 18th September 2019, a demonstration in the province of El Seibo ended in violence and police repression, leaving twelve people injured.
In a positive development, on 30th July 2019, the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court (TC) declared unconstitutional article 284 of the new electoral regime legislation Act 15-19 (Electoral System Organic Law) which established sentences of 3 to 10 years for those sharing false or denigrating campaigns, or defamatory propaganda, against candidates. Read more
Thursday 17.10.2019 Kiribati - Latest Developments
In September 2019, the opposition in Kiribati organised an anti-China protest march in the capital Tarawa. The protest was in response to the decision by the Kiribati government to cut ties with Taiwan and switch its recognition to Beijing Read more
Wednesday 16.10.2019 Iraq - Latest Developments
Protests which began in July 2018, have continued to escalate throughout the year, as police use lethal force to disperse protesters, at least 100 reported dead, thousands injured. internet shut down as protests continue, journalists continue to face threats to their lives, arbitrary arrests and detention, regional broadcaster suspended. Read more
Tuesday 15.10.2019 Kuwait - Latest Developments
Kuwait did not implement any of the 13 recommendations in relation to civic space since its last Universal Periodic Review in 2015, Bedoon activists and protesters were arrested, detained and charged for holding demonstrations, The government continues to use the Cyber Crimes Law to arrest journalists and online critics of the authorities. Read more
Thursday 10.10.2019 Mongolia - Latest Developments
Two individuals convicted for the 1998 assassination of a pro-democracy activist and former parliamentarian were tortured while in custody to confess. In April-May 2019, the UNSpecial Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders visited Mongolia and received reports about cases of discrimination, intimidation, harassment, stigmatisation and accusations against human rights defenders Read more
Wednesday 2.10.2019 United States of America - Latest Developments
This civic space update covers mass demonstrations against corruption in Puerto Rico in July 2019, federal immigration policies in the U.S. over July-September as well as protests and counter-protests on multiple issues. It also details a number of incidents related to freedom of expression, including a number of episodes indicating that harassment at border is becoming more common for journalists and activists. Read more
Tuesday 1.10.2019 Serbia - Latest Developments
As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, threats against journalists have emerged as a worrying trend in Serbia. In this update, covering August - September 2019, we report state interference in the work of media outlets has also continued unabated. Read more
Tuesday 1.10.2019 Cameroon - Latest Developments
From 30th September 2019 and 5th October 2019, a national dialogue on the Anglophone crisis will take place in Yaoundé. The dialogue, convened on the initiative of president Paul Biya, aims at 'mobilising all the constructive forces around peace, security, national harmony and progress' and will discuss eight topics, including bilingualism, the educational and judiciary system, and reconstruction and development of the regions that have been affected by the conflict. Read more
Monday 30.9.2019 Canada - Latest Developments
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney launched a “public inquiry” on 4 July 2019 to uncover alleged foreign funding of environmental groups that have spread "misleading or false information about the Alberta oil and gas industry". Part of the inquiry calls for reviewing those groups’ charitable status. In a different development, Canada’s elections agency told environmental charities that describing the climate crisis as "real" in their political advertising could be considered partisan activity, and therefore against the rules of the recently amended Canada Elections Act.
This update also covers a number of different protests and developments related to freedom of expression.