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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In a decree signed by the Minister of Interior on 5th November 2018, and delivered on 16th November, authorities have withdrawn the authorisation to create the association Lead Afrique francophone, hereby banning all the activities of the association on the territory of Senegal, on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

Somaliland authorities continue attack on free expression

Authorities in somaliland de-register NGOs, while a local newspaper is also de-registered for being too critical towards government. Read more

Somaliland authorities continue attack on free expression

Fidesz landslide heightens concerns for civil society and independent media

Hungary’s right-wing Fidesz Party won a landslide victory for the third time in a row in parliamentary elections held on 8th April. Fidesz regained a two-thirds super-majority in the Hungarian parliament which gives the Party enough votes to make constitutional changes. Read more

Fidesz landslide heightens concerns for civil society and independent media

Pashtun protests continue despite pressure from authorities

Ethnic Pashtuns have been holding peaceful protests over the last few months to call for an end to human rights violations by authorities against the community . Editor of the human rights annual report was burgled and harassed. Pakistan TV channel Geo TV, was taken off the air in many parts of the country . A new report has found the mass surveillance of digital communications of journalists and human rights defenders is resulting in self-censorship in Pakistan

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Pashtun protests continue despite pressure from authorities