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Anti-racism protests held to counteract far-right marches

In October 2018, anti-racism groups staged mass demonstrations in cities across Japan to counteract a series of marches by an openly racist far-right group opposed to immigration in Japan. Read more

Anti-racism protests held to counteract far-right marches

Union protest banned, court outlaws broad restriction of protests

protest by ZCTU banned, meanwhile, the courts outlaw legal provision that allows indefinite banning of protests on the basis that this such a provision is open to abuse by authorities. Read more

Union protest banned, court outlaws broad restriction of protests

New anti-corruption laws protecting whistle blowers and the media passed

In July 2018, the Solomon Islands National Parliament passed the Whistleblowers Protection Act into law effectively protecting complainants of corruption from reprisals against them Read more

New anti-corruption laws protecting whistle blowers and the media passed

Civil society in Solomon Islands concerned about limitations in Anti-Corruption Bill

Civil society groups have raised concerns about the long awaited Anti-Corruption Bill which is currently before parliament. They say thatthe Anti-Corruption Bill limits the powers of any investigation to events after the bill is enacted Read more

Civil society in Solomon Islands concerned about limitations in Anti-Corruption Bill

Kenyan activist disappears ahead of protests while a new cyber crimes law is challenged in court

A Kenyan activist mysteriously disappeared ahead of a planned protest, while a new law on Misuse of computers and cyber crimes has been challenged in Court by Civil society for being restrictive to media freedom. The government has also been accused of threatening and intimidating Human Rights defenders Read more

Kenyan activist disappears ahead of protests while a new cyber crimes law is challenged in court

President Weah submits bill to repeal certain limitations on free expression

Newspaper Front Page Africa is facing a 1.8 million USD civil defamation lawsuit for publishing an advertisement on land administration back in March. On 9th April, summons were delivered at the newspaper's offices, and court sheriffs temporarily shut down the newspaper and briefly detained seven of the newspaper's journalists. Owner of Front Page Africa Rodney Sieh declared to CPJ that he and the newspaper have been subject to harassment on social media prior to the lawsuit for the newspaper's critical reporting. Read more

President Weah submits bill to repeal certain limitations on free expression

Two important victories for anti-fracking protestors

British police have agreed to a consultation on policing of anti-fracking protests and an oil company climbs down in its attempt to get a blanket ban on all protests. Read more

Two important victories for anti-fracking protestors

New NGO law welcomed as challenges to civic space remain

On 23rd March, the Slovenian parliament passed a new NGO law which, for the first time, allows all categories of NGOs to apply for public benefit status. Read more

New NGO law welcomed as challenges to civic space remain


Mali - third African country to adopt law on protection of HRDs

On 12th January 2018, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita enacted the Law on Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), which was approved by Mali's parliament on 13th December 2017. The law, initially adopted by the Council of Minister in January 2017, comes after years of persistent advocacy and negotiation by Malian civil society groups. Read more

Mali - third African country to adopt law on protection of HRDs