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Scores of anti-war protesters prosecuted across Myanmar

In May 2018, scores of peaceful anti-war protesters, across major cities in Myamar, were arrested, charged or convicted. The protesters have been calling for the Myanmar military to ensure the protection and safe movement of civilians trapped by armed conflict in Kachin State Read more

Scores of anti-war protesters prosecuted across Myanmar

New cybercrime law: an assault on freedom of expression

On 5th June 2018, Egypt's new Cybercrime law was officially ratified. As previously covered by CIVICUS Monitor, the new law has been widely condemned for granting the Egyptian authorities broad power to block and censor both online and print media. While the law has been lauded as a victory for freedom of expression by the Egyptian government, civil society groups have claimed it is an assault on freedom of expression which further strengthens the Egyptian authorities' stranglehold on critical dissent. In an already strained environment, the Egyptian authorities have blocked over 500 websites without legal basis over the past year. Read more

New cybercrime law: an assault on freedom of expression

Kazakhstan: Closure of independent media and peaceful protests hampered

Several violations of the rights to freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression took place during the last few months. Read more

Kazakhstan: Closure of independent media and peaceful protests hampered

Continued attacks on independent journalists

Nobel prize nominee threatened by supporters of a populist party, protests held to push for the end of term for a member of parliament convicted of war crimes, international women's day march held in Belgrade and various instances of harassment of independent media and journalists. Read more

Continued attacks on independent journalists

Media regulator suspends La Nouvelle Tribune newspaper

On 23rd May, national media regulator High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication and Communication (HAAC) suspended, until further notice, the newspaper La Nouvelle Tribune. Read more

Media regulator suspends La Nouvelle Tribune newspaper

Journalists attacked and threatened

Journalist Dinesh Giri was attacked by three people on 2nd June 2018 over a news report about an illegal business in Belbari, Morang in eastern Nepal. In a separate incident, the NGO Freedom Forum reported that journalists Rajesh Bhandari and Madan Babu Bhandari were issued a death threat by a police officer for reporting about his alleged connection with gold smuggling in Kathmandu on 25th March 2018. Read more

Journalists attacked and threatened

Human rights groups deem trial unfair as Nabeel Rajab's appeal is rejected

On 20th May 2018, Nabeel Rajab, who is also the President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) and FIDH Deputy Secretary General, appeared in court to appeal a five-year sentence for tweeting about the war in Yemen and torture in Bahrain’s notorious Jaw prison. On 5 June 2018, Bahrain’s Court of Appeal upheld the five year prison sentence. Read more

Human rights groups deem trial unfair as Nabeel Rajab's appeal is rejected