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Civil society calls for all restrictions to be lifted ahead of elections as persecution continues

As Thailand inches closer to holding long-delayed elections, peaceful protesters , government critics and opposition politicians continue to face investigations and charges Read more

Civil society calls for all restrictions to be lifted ahead of elections as persecution continues

UN experts alarmed over systematic targeting of civil society

On 28th September 2018, several UN experts including released a statement referring to the deteriorating space for civil society space in Egypt. The statement refers to the cases of several HRDs including Ms. Amal Fathy, Mr. Shadi al-Ghazali Harb, Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Radwan (also known as “Mohamed Oxygen”), Mr. Wael Abbas, and Mr. Haytham Mohamadein. Read more

UN experts alarmed over systematic targeting of civil society

Turkey's Civic Space Bulletin

In this special edition update, we cover some key developments in Turkey over the past few months. Covering the period from April - September 2018, we detail the worrying constriction of civic freedoms. In particular, we note the use of restrictive legislation to harass, detain and prosecute dissidents and activists. Read more

Turkey's Civic Space Bulletin

Two members of the fire department detained over satirical video

On 12th September 2018, two members of the fire department, Carlos Julio Varón Gracia and Ricardo Antonio Prieto Parra, were detained for the publication of a satirical video where they compared President Maduro to a donkey. Read more

Two members of the fire department detained over satirical video
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Civic space violations following contested presidential elections

In the run-up to the announcement of the election results on 22nd October 2018, several civic space violations took place, including the banning of protests and gatherings, the arrest of journalists and internet restrictions. Read more

Civic space violations following contested presidential elections

Escalating attacks on journalists worrying, as restrictions on expression continue

Government imposes new tax on internet phone calls, as the cabinet approves new social media and cyber crime law amidst fears that it shall stifle freedom of expression. Also, female student dies during overnight students' riot. Read more

Escalating attacks on journalists worrying, as restrictions on expression continue

Media regulator suspends newspaper for 3 months

Chadian media regulator High Authority for Media and Broadcasting (HAMA) ordered, on 30th August 2018, the closure of the weekly newspaper Al-Chahed for a period of three months on grounds of 'plagiary' and 'spreading false news'. The charges go back to the newspaper's article 'Who is behind the Chadian rebel forces in the north?', claiming that both Qatar and Sudan are linked to the rebels in northern Chad. Read more

Media regulator suspends newspaper for 3 months

Media freedoms violations surrounding Mali's presidential elections

According to Internet without Borders, there has been an "escalation of the method of censorship of the Malian internet" surrounding the presidential elections, with technical restrictions to prevent the use of VPNs and social networks on the eve of the presidential run-off elections on 15th August, preceded by a restricted access to the main social networks by provider Orange Mali. Julie Owono of Internet without Borders said: Read more

Media freedoms violations surrounding Mali's presidential elections

Turkmenistan: The state restricts fundamental rights to cover up crisis

As the serious economic crisis continues in Turkmenistan, the authorities try to cover up its impact by rigidly controlling state media, preventing citizens from accessing foreign sources of information and intimidating those who dare to speak out. Read more

Turkmenistan: The state restricts fundamental rights to cover up crisis

Civic space suffers amid ongoing conflict in Tripoli

The human costs of the ongoing armed conflict in Libya are devastating. Clashes between rival groups since late August have left 115 dead and 560 injured in Tripoli. A humanitarian crisis is growing due to people displaced by violence and the lack of basic services. In this context, the United Nations (UN) has stepped up calls to stop the violence. Read more

 Civic space suffers amid ongoing conflict in Tripoli