HRD threatened

Protests against toxic spill continue despite persecution of environmental activists

Protests related to the April 2016 toxic spill by Formosa, a Taiwanese steel corporation persisted despite the arrest, imprisonment and use of excessive force against protesters and activists. Government critics continue be accused of vaguely defined national security crimes and are arbitrarily transferred to prisons far from their families. Read more

Protests against toxic spill continue despite persecution of environmental activists

Alarming wave of attacks against human rights defenders and journalists

Despite the signature of the Peace Agreement, attacks against human rights defenders in Colombia are on the rise. Read more

 Alarming wave of attacks against human rights defenders and journalists

Head of Chechen human rights NGO detained and staff threatened

On 9th January 2018, police detained Oyub Titiev, the head of the local office of the human rights organisation "Memorial” in Grozny, Chechnya. Read more

Head of Chechen human rights NGO detained and staff threatened

Pernicious threats against journalists hamper political and investigative reporting

On 13th September 2017, freedom of speech advocates were outraged by a death threat sent to a journalist from the brother of Montenegro's Prime Minister. The incident occurred after Velizar Markovic, brother of Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, threatened a journalist with the opposition media outlet Dan. Read more

Pernicious threats against journalists hamper political and investigative reporting

Death knell for democracy as political opposition dissolved

As previously featured on the CIVICUS Monitor, the Cambodian authorities' disregard for civil and political freedoms has unleashed a backlash against independent media outlets, civil society groups and human rights defenders. On 17th November 2017, in a recent worrying development, the Supreme Court in Cambodia ruled to dissolve the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), effectively ending the main political opposition to Prime Minister Hun Sen in Cambodia. Read more

Death knell for democracy as political opposition dissolved


Controversy over Indonesia’s past sparks protests against human rights groups

On 16th and 17th September 2017, human rights groups, consisting of survivors, victims of past human rights abuses and human rights defenders organised a seminar in the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) office. While discussion mainly focused on addressing human rights atrocities committed during the 1965-1966 massacres, the meeting also aroused suspicion within Indonesian society for its political motivations. Read more

Controversy over Indonesia’s past sparks protests against human rights groups

Libyan writers face backlash of harassment and death threats

As we've previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, the situation for freedom of expression is seriously curtailed in Libya. Recently, a number of young authors were left fearing for their lives after contributing to a book entitled "Sun on Closed Windows". Read more

Libyan writers face backlash of harassment and death threats

Potential difficulties for NGOs, should proposed amendments be approved

The Armenian authorities have proposed new changes to the law on non-governmental organisations. Under the new amendments, civil society will have to re-register, make statutory changes and report to the tax authorities. The debate over changing the laws regulating the work of NGOs is not a new one. Read more

Potential difficulties for NGOs, should proposed amendments be approved

Media impartiality under the spotlight in Bosnia and Herzegovina

As we've previously featured in the CIVICUS Monitor, journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina are reported to regularly face a situation where censorship and political pressure frequently impede their journalistic integrity. Read more

Media impartiality under the spotlight in Bosnia and Herzegovina