political interference

Despite diplomatic talks civic space remains closed in North Korea

Despite the pressure and mobilization of civil society and other stakeholders, neither the Panmunjom Declaration signed by the two Koreas or the joint statement issued by US and North Koreain Singapore, mentioned the issue of human rights and there has been no shift in the dire human rights situation in the country. Read more

Despite diplomatic talks civic space remains closed in North Korea

Trial of Rwandan government critic Diane Rwigara postponed

The trial of former presidential candidate and government critic Diane Rwigara and her mother has been further delayed. Prosecutors have asked that four more people to be tried alongside the Rwigaras. Read more

Trial of Rwandan government critic Diane Rwigara postponed

Gag Law reform stalled as civil society calls on government to "uphold freedom of expression"

Lydia Vicente Márquez, executive director of Rights International Spain told the CIVICUS Monitor that the reform of the so-called “gag law” is stalled in Congress. Read more

Gag Law reform stalled as civil society calls on government to "uphold freedom of expression"

Another activist silenced: Germain Rukuki sentenced to 32 years in prison

On 26th April 2018, human rights defender Germain Rukuki was sentenced to 32 years in prison. The charges against him have been condemned by UN experts as “evidently linked to his work in defending human rights.” In the run-up to the referendum, the National Communication Council (NCC) also restricted what few independent media outlets were still accessible in the country Read more

Another activist silenced: Germain Rukuki sentenced to 32 years in prison

Journalists in Belarus fined as the regime silences independent voices

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) recently reported on the financial harassment of independent journalists in Belarus. According to RSF, Belarusian journalists have received at least 50 fines since January 2018. Read more

Journalists in Belarus fined as the regime silences independent voices

Attacks on civic space continue with threats to dissolve opposition and jailing of judges

The Maldives Election commission has barred opposition candidates from contesting and has threatened to dissolved the the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party . On 10th May 2018, two judges, who were facing politically motivated charges of influencing court rulings, were sentenced to one year, seven months in prison. Read more

Attacks on civic space continue with threats to dissolve opposition and jailing of judges

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

Civil society decries snap presidential election as not free and fair

On 11th April, Azerbaijan held presidential elections - six months earlier than originally planned. The snap election took place under the authorities' directive who claimed that it was important to carry out the elections early due to the security situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. Read more

Civil society decries snap presidential election as not free and fair

Trade unions suspend 4-month strike

As previously reported on the Monitor, Beninese trade unions from various sectors organized a series of strikes in January to denounce a new law inhibiting the right to strike in certain public sectors. Read more

Trade unions suspend 4-month strike

Government official oversteps mandate threatening to fire reporters with state broadcaster

In April, a government official said he could fire one third of the foreign correspondents of the state broadcaster “if they do not behave correctly” and carry out “more objective reporting”. Read more

Government official oversteps mandate threatening to fire reporters with state broadcaster