protestor(s) detained

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

Supreme Court ruling sets dangerous precedent for journalists’ source confidentiality

On 30th November 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that a Vice reporter must surrender his materials related to a case about an accused terrorist to the Royal Mounted Canadian Police. Read more

Supreme Court ruling sets dangerous precedent for journalists’ source confidentiality

String of attacks against journalists while growing calls for the passage of the RTI Bill

The Ghana Right to Information Coalition, a coalition of civil society organisations, launched, in November 2018, the RTI Red Friday campaign, to demand that the Ghanaian Parliament approve the Right To Information Bill. Read more

String of attacks against journalists while growing calls for the passage of the RTI Bill

Social movements repressed and critical voices remain silenced

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, during 2016 and 2017, Morocco was rocked by the Hirak movement in Rif, northern Morocco. These regional protests were met with repression and arrest. In reaction, the government arrested hundreds of protesters for mobilising on the streets in Rif. In May 2017 the leader of the protests, Nasser Zefzafi was arrested. After a nine month trial, in June 2018, protesters Zefzafi and Nabil Ahmijeq, Wassim El Boustani and Samir Aghid were sentenced for a 20-year jail term. Read more

Social movements repressed and critical voices remain silenced

Femen protestors met with violence by pro-Franco supporters in Madrid

Three Femen protestors interrupted a march by supporters of Spanish dictator Franco in November 2018. Read more

Femen protestors met with violence by pro-Franco supporters in Madrid

Humanitarian workers released on bail, still face serious charges

Four humanitarian NGO workers, who had been providing assistance to refugees and migrants on the island of Lesvos, were released on bail on 4th December 2018. They still face serious charges, including espionage and people smuggling, which could result in jail sentences of up to 25 years. Read more

Humanitarian workers released on bail, still face serious charges


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

Crackdown on civil society continues, according to Azerbaijan Universal Periodic Review

A new report released on October 2018 and prepared by Democracy Monitor, Human Rights Club and International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), stated that "the political context and human rights situation has not improved in the country." Read more

Crackdown on civil society continues, according to Azerbaijan Universal Periodic Review