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Excessive force, protest violence mar G20 demonstrations

Days of protest before and during the G20 Summit in Hamburg were marred by violence and destruction by a minority of protestors, as police took a hard-line approach in attempt to control protestors. Read more

Excessive force, protest violence mar G20 demonstrations

Congolese police disrupt and disperse civil society meeting on human rights

In a press statement, the Congolese human rights organisation Observatoire Congolais des Droits de l’Homme (OCDH) denounced police interference in a citizens' meeting on 'understanding and claiming human rights' organised by OCDH and the civic movement Mouvement citoyenne Ras-le-Bol on 20th May 2017 in Brazzaville. Read more

Congolese police disrupt and disperse civil society meeting on human rights



Blasphemy law scrapped as Denmark retains healthy press freedom ranking

Denmark continues to perform well on international press freedom index, although some are concerned about the potential effects of harmful speech blacklists and increased surveillance. Read more

Blasphemy law scrapped as Denmark retains healthy press freedom ranking

Freedom of assembly undermined legally and in practice in Australia

Protestors are facing legal procedures in Australia due to the exercise of their right to protest Read more

 Freedom of assembly undermined legally and in practice in Australia

Student-led protests repressed with tear gas and water cannons

Students keep protesting for universal free education and security forces continue to use tear gas and water cannons to disperse them Read more

Student-led protests repressed with tear gas and water cannons

Civil society speaks out against new draft bills targeting NGOs

On 10 July 2017, two new draft bills, No. 6674 and No. 6675, were introduced in parliament and which would replace the disclosure requirements for anti-corruption NGOs with new reporting requirements. Under the new draft bills, all NGOs would be obliged to follow more extensive reporting requirements, including providing detailed information on donors, expenses and employee salaries to the State Fiscal Service. Read more

Civil society speaks out against new draft bills targeting NGOs


HRD killed and journalists attacked by Ugandan People's Defence Forces

On the evening of 23rd June 2017, officers of the Uganda Police Force and Uganda People’s Defence Forces killed human rights defender Irumba Erasmus, coordinator of the activities of the Twerwaneho Listeners’ Club (TLC) in Rwebisengo District, and his friend Vide Kanyoro in an extra-judicial killing. Read more

HRD killed and journalists attacked by Ugandan People's Defence Forces