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Civil society groups denied registration while journalists and activists are being silenced

The Pakistan authorities have continued to deny registration to local civil society groups and expel international NGOs. They also announced a security audit of NGOs over suspicions of links to foreign agencies. Journalists continue to face arrest or warnings from Twitter that they had violated Pakistani laws. The crackdown on the ethnic Pashtun movement has persisted, as well coverage of it in the media. Read more

Civil society groups denied registration while journalists and activists are being silenced

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Government bans NGOs for 3 months amid continued crackdown on civil society

International NGOs suspended from operating in Burundi, while dozens are arrested for attending a leadership meeting. Parents in southern Burundi compelled to contribute to elections, as children are expelled from school for non payment of this fee. Read more

Government bans NGOs for 3 months amid continued crackdown on civil society

Authorities withdraw NGO's license to operate

In a decree signed by the Minister of Interior on 5th November 2018, and delivered on 16th November, authorities have withdrawn the authorisation to create the association Lead Afrique francophone, hereby banning all the activities of the association on the territory of Senegal, on grounds of 'irregular financing' benefiting the movement Y'en a marre, . The action follows the interrogation of representatives of Enda Tiers-Monde (ENDA TM), Oxfam and OSIWA at the Central Commissariat of Dakar on 13th November 2018 in the context of an investigation into alleged funding of Y'en a marre. Read more

Authorities withdraw NGO's license to operate
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International groups criticise Italy for targetting NGOs

UN experts wrote to Italian authorities in October, criticising them following the eviction of NGOs in Rome. Read more

International groups criticise Italy for targetting NGOs

MSF forced to terminate mental health services for refugees and leave

On 6th October 2018, Nauru’s government ordered Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to stop work there immediately and leave the island, despite a physical and mental health crisis in the country. Read more

MSF forced to terminate mental health services for refugees and leave

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

Civil society says shutting down of international NGOs an ‘attack on civic freedoms’

In October 2018, the authorities ordered 18 international non-governmental organization (INGOs) to shut down operations and leave the country including Action Aid Read more

Civil society says shutting down of international NGOs an ‘attack on civic freedoms’


UN urges Bahrain to end restrictions on civic space

Bahrain reviewed, for the first time, by the Human rights Committee. Concluding observations highlight the committee's concern on the shrinking civic space in Bahrain. Read more

UN urges Bahrain to end restrictions on civic space