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Proposed legislation on workers’ strikes could limit Freedom of Peaceful Assembly in Costa Rica

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

Proposed legislation on workers’ strikes could limit Freedom of Peaceful Assembly in Costa Rica

Constitutional amendment sparks concern about democratic institutions in the Dominican Republic

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

Constitutional amendment sparks concern about democratic institutions in the Dominican Republic

Kiribati opposition organises anti-China protest march

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

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Kiribati opposition organises anti-China protest march

Protesters face brutal violations as widespread protests escalate, internet shut down

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

Protesters face brutal violations as widespread protests escalate, internet shut down

Kuwait fails to implement UPR recommendations, HRDs defending Bedoon rights systematically targeted

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

Kuwait fails to implement UPR recommendations, HRDs defending Bedoon rights systematically targeted

Flawed prosecution around killing of Mongolian pro-democracy activist

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

Flawed prosecution around killing of Mongolian pro-democracy activist

Puerto Rico protests lead to Governor’s resignation

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

Puerto Rico protests lead to Governor’s resignation

Mysterious cancellations of TV programmes stokes concern over media freedom

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

Mysterious cancellations of TV programmes stokes concern over media freedom

National Dialogue on Anglophone crisis, dissent voices linger in prison

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

National Dialogue on Anglophone crisis, dissent voices linger in prison

Canadian environmental groups concerned about initiatives restricting defenders’ work

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.
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Canadian environmental groups concerned about initiatives restricting defenders’ work