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Poland faces EU legal action over reforms undermining judicial independence

Poland’s conservative government is facing legal actions by the European Union over controversial judicial reforms adopted in April 2018. The European Union Commission and the Court of Justice of the European Union argue that these reforms threaten independence of the judges and are in violation of the EU law. Additionally, the Human Rights Ombudsman faced serious threats by state-owned media, as LGBT marches proceeded defying threats, hate speech and ban attempts. Read more

Poland faces EU legal action over reforms undermining judicial independence

Brazen threats against critics of the government signals a closing of spaces for dissent

Conditions for journalists in Serbia remain a serious concern for both domestic and international civil society. Over the past few months, there have been a litany of attacks and smears against journalists reporting on political issues, leading many to argue that spaces for dissent are rapidly decreasing in Serbia. Read more

Brazen threats against critics of the government signals a closing of spaces for dissent

Improvements in media freedom treated with caution by Croatian journalists

As previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, issues around the independence of the media have been an issue for civil society in 2019. Recent assessments by international media tell a contrasting story to perspectives from the ground. According to Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Croatia improved by five places from 69th place in 2018 to 64th place in 2019. Yet, local groups claim that this doesn't necessarily represent the variety of obstacles faced by Croatian media. Read more


Unending protests unleash alarming violence as protesters spray buildings black

Opposition anti-government protests continued throughout the spring of 2019. Event organisers and political opposition claimed that Albanian citizens have never been more dissatisfied with the government in the nation's history. On 16th March 2019, the country saw its largest protest in Tirana where protesters symbolically surrounded the prime minister's office and then proceeded to Parliament. But as tensions rose, clashes broke out between protesters and Albanian authorities. Read more

Unending protests unleash alarming violence as protesters spray buildings black

EU highlights Serbia's failure to improve civic space

As we've previously documented on the CIVICUS Monitor, conditions for civil society in Serbia remain constrained. In an indication of this worsening situation for civil society, the European Commission (EC) recently highlighted Serbia's failure to improve civic space. Read more

EU highlights Serbia's failure to improve civic space

Government intensifies crackdown following January 2019 protests

The government has intensified arrests of activists and opposition leaders accused of having being part of the January 2019 protests. Doctors and lawyers who assisted protesters threatened. Journalists harassed and threatened while covering a story at Harae hospital, activists arrested and detained while returning to the country at the airport
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Government intensifies crackdown following January 2019 protests

Attacks and threats against human rights defenders persist in Papua New Guinea

In recent months, civil society has reported the ongoing threats against human rights defenders, proposals to regulate social media by the government and protests by refugees on Manus island as they situation there deteriorates. Read more

Attacks and threats against human rights defenders persist in Papua New Guinea


Civil society urges new parliament to empower commission to probe murder and disappearances

A Presidential commission to probe unresolved murders and disappearances including of blogger and activist Yameen Rasheed and the abduction of journalist Ahmed Rilwan is still lacking investigative powers. A report released by the Maldives Democracy Network in April 2019 highlighted that despite case of threats and intimidation against human rights defenders, the police have failed to address this adequately Read more

Civil society urges new parliament to empower commission to probe murder and disappearances