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Iranian authorities censor media ahead of presidential elections

Since the Presidential Election campaign officially started on 28 April 2017, the Iranian authorities have imposed further restrictions on freedom of expression and on social media, preventing independent media reporting. Read more

Iranian authorities censor media ahead of presidential elections

Crackdown against human rights defenders ahead of Bahrain's UPR

The overall situation for human rights defenders and political activists in Bahrain remains extremely worrisome. On 1st May 2017, during Bahrain's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) hearings, a number of governments expressed serious concerns over human rights violations in the country. Read more

Crackdown against human rights defenders ahead of Bahrain's UPR

Cuban authorities systematically violate citizens' civic freedoms

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released its annual report stating that Cuba “continues to systematically limit the human rights of its inhabitants”. Read more

Cuban authorities systematically violate citizens' civic freedoms

Offensive and discriminatory language used against minority groups in the Netherlands

In February 2017, Dutch populist leader Geert Wilders launched his election campaign using offensive language about the Moroccan community in the Netherlands. He promised to reduce the number of Moroccans in the country and to ban Muslim immigration and close mosques, should he win in the March parliamentary elections. Read more

Offensive and discriminatory language used against minority groups  in the Netherlands

No improvement on civic space: Myanmar shuns international scrutiny

As concerns continue to grow over atrocities perpetrated by security forces Rakhine state, authorities in Myanmar have come under increasing international pressure to allow independent investigators into the conflict zone. Read more

No improvement on civic space: Myanmar shuns international scrutiny

Citizen movements targetted by authorities for peaceful activism

Two leaders of prominent Chadian citizen movements have been convicted and given a six-month suspended sentence as a result of their peaceful activism. Read more

Citizen movements targetted by authorities for peaceful activism

The purge continues: protests turn violent, websites blocked and 4,000 civil servants dismissed

On 1st May 2017, thousands took part in May Day demonstrations across Turkey in spite of restrictions on peaceful assembly due to Turkey's continued state of emergency. Read more

The purge continues: protests turn violent, websites blocked and 4,000 civil servants dismissed