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After 62 days in hunger strike, Tomas Nuñez was released

The political prisoner Tomas Nuñez Magdariaga was released on 15th October 2018 after 62 days in a hunger strike. Read more

After 62 days in hunger strike, Tomas Nuñez was released


Human rights defenders arrested and journalists injured

Human rights lawyer Yasser Al-Saleem and activist Abdelhamid Al-Bayoush arrested, journalists Ibrahim Ahmad and Gulistan Mohammed, who work for the Syrian Kurdish news agency ANHA/Hawa, sustained gunshot injuries while covering clashes, Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda released after 40 months detention by Islamist group, Syrian writer Souleman Yousph arrested and detained for five days after critising the Kurdish Democratic Union Read more

Human rights defenders arrested and journalists injured

Divisive rhetoric fuels attacks on expression

On 26th October 2018, a news van for a local TV station was set on fire in the station’s parking lot in Salinas, California. Read more

Divisive rhetoric fuels attacks on expression

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

Concern after brutal attack on women HRDs in prison

On 26th October 2018, a group of masked and armed men broke in the cell of women political prisoners and beat 17 of them. Read more

 Concern after brutal attack on women HRDs in prison

Improvement of civic space ratings but violations still occur

The Gambia's civic space ratings have improved from 'repressed' to 'obstructed' with the political transition in 2017, following 22 years of repressive rule under president Yahya Jammeh. This has opened space for civil society and substantially improved the human rights context in the country. Read more

Improvement of civic space ratings but violations still occur

Civil society highlights torture and ill-treatment of activists at UN review

Ahead of the review of Vietnam's implementation of the Anti-Torture Convention In November 2018, civil society organisations submitted a report on police brutality and torture against citizens including activists Read more

Civil society highlights torture and ill-treatment of activists at UN review

Media regulator HAC suspends several media outlets

National media regulator Haute Autorité de la communication (HAC), created in February 2018 to replace the National Council of Communication, suspended several media outlets in the past few weeks.The most severe sanction was given to France 2, which was suspended on 22nd August 2018 from broadcasting programs in the country for a period of one year. Read more

Media regulator HAC suspends several media outlets
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Activists say freedom of expression worsening as Suu Kyi is stripped of award

According to a new report by civil society group Athan, released on 18 October 2018, freedom of expression under the National League for Democracy-led government is worsening despite initial hopes of improvement. On 12th November 2018, Amnesty International announced that it has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, Read more

Activists say freedom of expression worsening as Suu Kyi is stripped of award