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Arrest of 14 people at a pipeline protest prompts national outrage

Thousands of people took to the streets in multiple cities to protest the arrest of 14 demonstrators at a protest camp in British Columbia on 8th January 2019 over a proposed pipeline running through First Nations territory. Read more

Arrest of 14 people at a pipeline protest prompts national outrage

Investigative journalists suspicious of official version of Viktoria Marinova's killing

On 6th October 2018, Viktoria Marinova, a Bulgarian journalist, presenter and administrative director of the local TV channel TVN was found dead in the town of Ruse. Read more

 Investigative journalists suspicious of official version of Viktoria Marinova's killing

Women's rights come to the fore in India

On 25th September 2018, Bollywood actor Tanushree Dutta alleged that she was sexually harassed by director-actor, Nana Patekar on a film set in 2008. Speaking on television, the actor recollected her struggle after the incident. The Tanushree Dutta interview, single-handedly sparked a #MeToo movement in India. Thousands of women took to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment, assault, violence and sexual violence. Read more

Women's rights come to the fore in India

Concerns over free expression rights and censorship emerge during abortion referendum

A number of instances during the campaign to relax Ireland's abortion laws led civil society groups to raise concerns that artistic freedom was being unduly restricted. Read more

Concerns over free expression rights and censorship emerge during abortion referendum

State restricts protest on disability benefits

The Polish authorities took measures to restrict the visibility of a 40-day long protest by parents of people with disabilities. Read more

State restricts protest on disability benefits

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

Cautious signs of improvements in respect for freedom of association

As covered in the last update to the CIVICUS Monitor, many in civil society welcomed the end of Macedonia's political crisis and the formation of a new coalition government. In this update, we detail early and cautious signals of an improving situation for civic freedoms in Macedonia. Read more

Cautious signs of improvements in respect for freedom of association

Political deadlock ended: hopes it will ease ethnic tensions

On 17th May 2017, VMRO-DPMNE, a political party who held power for over a decade, finally agreed to the peaceful transfer of power ending the political deadlock which has engulfed Macedonia since elections in December 2016. Many civil society groups hope that the change in leadership will end the harassment of independent civic groups in receipt of funds from abroad.

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Political deadlock ended: hopes it will ease ethnic tensions

Violations continue unabated as 4 million South Sudanese are displaced

The silencing of critical voices, whether from civil society or opposition, continued unabated in South Sudan. Serious concerns exist about the fate and whereabouts of Dong Samuel Luak, a prominent human rights activist and lawyer, and member of SPLM-IO (Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – In Opposition) Aggrey Idri, both vocal critics of the South Sudanese government. Read more

Violations continue unabated as 4 million South Sudanese are displaced