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Women are the main victims of State repression

The Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional (Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, CCDHRN) reported an increase in the number of arbitrary detentions. Read more

Women are the main victims of State repression

Press freedom at risk with new Criminal Code restrictions

In August 2018, Nepal’s new Criminal Codes Act came into effect. Human rights and media organization have raised serious about the new law and its impact on press freedom in Nepal. Read more

Press freedom at risk with new Criminal Code restrictions

Newspaper reacts to deteriorating civic space

On 11th October 2018, the media outlet, Annahar printed a blank newspaper. The action was a protest to decry the "deteriorating conditions in the country at all levels." Read more

Newspaper reacts to deteriorating civic space

Spotlight on Jordan ahead of Human Rights Review

Ahead of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), civic space in Jordan is under the spotlight. The UNHRC will review the situation for human rights in Jordan on 8th November 2018, during the 31st session of the UNHRC. Ahead of this review, civil society groups have pointed to discrepancies in reporting. Read more

Spotlight on Jordan ahead of Human Rights Review

Supreme Court battle brings people to the streets and threats to free speech continue to proliferate

On 27th September 2018, massive crowds demonstrated at the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court to protest the president’s choice to fill the vacancy on the country’s highest court. Read more

Supreme Court battle brings people to the streets and threats to free speech continue to proliferate

Despite release of activists, suppression continues after ‘sham’ elections

After a 'sham' elections in July 2018, a number of activists were released. However suppression of freedom of expression and the conviction of HRDs have continued Read more

Despite release of activists, suppression continues after ‘sham’ elections

Despite commitment to reforms in Malaysia, fundamental freedoms still being restricted

In the last few months students have been arrested for protesting in Malaysia, individuals have been probed using the Sedition Act for peaceful expression and the LGBT community continues to be targeted Read more

Despite commitment to reforms in Malaysia, fundamental freedoms still being restricted

28 attacks against freedom of expression documented during the first six months of 2018

The Observatorio Boliviano de Derechos Humanos documented 28 cases of violations to freedom of the press and expression. Read more

28 attacks against freedom of expression documented during the first six months of 2018

Two investigative journalists detained while investigating fraud

On 14th September 2018, Attila Biro from investigative journalism site Rise Romania and Dimitar Stoyanov from investigative website Bivol.bg were arrested in Pernik, a town near the capital Sofia. Read more

Two investigative journalists detained while investigating fraud

Kabila not running for another term, but human rights concerns persist

Four of the five Filimbi activists who have been in detention since December 2017 for mobilising citizens for the 31st December 2017 protests, as reported previously on the Monitor, were sentenced to one year in prison on 25 September 2018. Carbonne Beni, Grâce Tshionza, Cédric Kalonji and Mino Momponices were found guilty for the charges of insulting the Head of State, undermining the internal security of the state and publishing and distributing subversive writings. Earlier on 17 August 2018, the Public Prosecutor requested a three year prison sentence for the five activists. Read more

Kabila not running for another term, but human rights concerns persist