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Thousands participate in the Women's march, while LGBTIQ group loses observer status with the ACHPR

Coalition of African Lesbiansis stripped of its observer status at the African Commission, under instructions from the AU, while several marches and protests are reported during this period. Read more

Thousands participate in the Women's march, while LGBTIQ group loses observer status with the ACHPR

Ecuador officially joins the Open Government Partnership

In a positive development, Ecuador has officially become a member of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Read more

Ecuador officially joins the Open Government Partnership

UN Special Rapporteur: anti-terror bill "falls short" of UK's rights obligations

UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, identified several problematic clauses in a draft counter-terrorism bill currently making its way through parliament Read more

UN Special Rapporteur: anti-terror bill "falls short" of UK's rights obligations

Calls for legislation to protect human rights defenders as attacks against them persist

Attacks against human rights defenders continue to be reported. In April 2018, detained Senator Leila de Lima renewed her call for Congress to fast track the passage of the bill aimed at protecting and defending the lives of human rights defenders. An Australian nun who has spent almost three decades in the country is facing deportation Read more

Calls for legislation to protect human rights defenders as attacks against them persist

Environmental protesters in Tamil Nadu shot dead

Up to 13 protestors were shot dead during a week of protests calling for the closure of a copper plant in Tamil Nadu, southern India. Read more

Environmental protesters in Tamil Nadu shot dead

Positive civic space developments: some activists hopeful, some still wary

There have indeed been some positive developments in this reporting period, including President Jeenbekov’s retraction of defamation claims against the news agency 24.kg and journalist Kabay Karabekov, after a court ordered them to pay several million soms in compensation, as well as President Jeenbekov’s active stance on anti-corruption measures and his emphasis on the need to improve the law enforcement and judicial systems, which, as such, are reportedly responsible for pervasive human rights violations. Read more

Positive civic space developments: some activists hopeful, some still wary