HRD threatened

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

Despite smears, civil society remains defiant

The last few months in 2018 witnessed several attacks against CSOs and human rights activists. A government campaign was initiated against a number of human rights organisations following an open letter to Federica Mogerini, the EU High Commissioner for Security and Foreign Affairs from CSOs. Read more

Despite smears, civil society remains defiant

Human rights defenders still at risk from state actors and businesses

In November 2018, a national consultation on human rights defenders was held in Mongolia, where participants concluded HRDs are still vulnerable to threats, intimidation, and harassment from both state and non-state actor particularly foreign and domestic companies operating in rural areas. Read more

Human rights defenders still at risk from state actors and businesses

'They treat us inhumanely', said campesino leader Medardo Mairena from prison

Harassment and attacks against human rights defenders and social leaders in Nicaragua continue. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has granted precautionary measures to protect the rights of more than a hundred people "who are at serious and urgent risk of irreparable harm to their human rights". Read more

'They treat us inhumanely', said campesino leader Medardo Mairena from prison

Intensification of conflict in Anglophone Cameroon: citizens targeted

Violence and human rights violations in the ongoing conflict between armed separatist in the two Anglophone and government forces have reached unprecedented levels in the past few months. According to the International Crisis Group, at least 400 civilians in the Anglophone regions were killed in the last year, besides 170 military and police officers, and hundreds of separatists. A particularly worrying development in the conflict is the targeting of the population by both government forces and separatists, the forming of pro-government militias and criminal small groups, said the conflict watchdog. Read more

Intensification of conflict in Anglophone Cameroon:  citizens targeted

Kabila not running for another term, but human rights concerns persist

Four of the five Filimbi activists who have been in detention since December 2017 for mobilising citizens for the 31st December 2017 protests, as reported previously on the Monitor, were sentenced to one year in prison on 25 September 2018. Carbonne Beni, Grâce Tshionza, Cédric Kalonji and Mino Momponices were found guilty for the charges of insulting the Head of State, undermining the internal security of the state and publishing and distributing subversive writings. Earlier on 17 August 2018, the Public Prosecutor requested a three year prison sentence for the five activists. Read more

Kabila not running for another term, but human rights concerns persist

Crackdown on independent media continues in Belarus

At least 18 journalists were arrested and charged under Article 349(2) of the Belarusian Criminal Code for allegedly accessing information belonging to the state news agency BelTA. Read more

Crackdown on independent media continues in Belarus

India: Routine Repression of Civil Society

On 29th August 2018, the Supreme Court sentenced five human rights defenders (HRDs) to house arrest. Instead, the Court decided to hold the five individuals under house arrest. As covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, Indian authorities arrested the five in a series of raids on 28th August 2018. Read more

India: Routine Repression of Civil Society

Fake news law proposal, another tool to crackdown on critics

In September 2018, a parliamentary Select Committee on” deliberate online falsehoods” made 22 recommendations to halt the viral spread of fake news including the adoption of laws Read more

Fake news law proposal, another tool to crackdown on critics

Brazil continues to be a hostile place for journalists, two killed in recent months

On 21st June 2018, radio journalist Jairo Sousa was killed by two unidentified people who shot him twice in the back when he was arriving at Rádio Pérola FM, the radio station where he hosted a program. Read more

Brazil continues to be a hostile place for journalists, two killed in recent months