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Supreme Court ruling sets dangerous precedent for journalists’ source confidentiality

On 30th November 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that a Vice reporter must surrender his materials related to a case about an accused terrorist to the Royal Mounted Canadian Police. Read more

Supreme Court ruling sets dangerous precedent for journalists’ source confidentiality

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

Anti-racism protests held to counteract far-right marches

In October 2018, anti-racism groups staged mass demonstrations in cities across Japan to counteract a series of marches by an openly racist far-right group opposed to immigration in Japan. Read more

Anti-racism protests held to counteract far-right marches

Moratorium on use of repressive laws lifted despite promises at the UN human rights council

In November 2018, Malaysia underwent a review at the Human Rights Council and reiterated its commitment to human rights reforms. Despite this in December 2018 it decided to lift a moratorium on the use of restrictive laws Read more

Moratorium on use of repressive laws lifted despite promises at the UN human rights council

Women's rights come to the fore in India

On 25th September 2018, Bollywood actor Tanushree Dutta alleged that she was sexually harassed by director-actor, Nana Patekar on a film set in 2008. Speaking on television, the actor recollected her struggle after the incident. The Tanushree Dutta interview, single-handedly sparked a #MeToo movement in India. Thousands of women took to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment, assault, violence and sexual violence. Read more

Women's rights come to the fore in India

Land disputes undermine civic space in Honduras

On 13th September 2018, 18 land rights defenders and members of Comité Municipal de Defensa de los Bienes Comunes y Públicos de Tocoa were informed of an arrest warrant issued against them. Read more

Land disputes undermine civic space in Honduras

Civil society calls for all restrictions to be lifted ahead of elections as persecution continues

As Thailand inches closer to holding long-delayed elections, peaceful protesters , government critics and opposition politicians continue to face investigations and charges Read more

Civil society calls for all restrictions to be lifted ahead of elections as persecution continues

Protests around corruption and censorship of eviction film ahead of APEC regional meeting

Ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) regional economic forum in Papua New Guinea in November 2018 concerns are being raised by citizens and civil society around the cost of hosting the meeting, allegations of corruption and how much it will benefit the people. Read more

Protests around corruption and censorship of eviction film ahead of APEC regional meeting

Tensions run high amid name change debate

Macedonia's name has stirred controversy in 2018. In a long-running dispute with Greece, Macedonian authorities have been locked in discussions with their neighbour over the country's name. On 20th October 2018, the Macedonian Parliament voted in favour of renaming the country. The move effectively starts Macedonia's road to joining the EU and NATO. In this update, we detail the key developments related to civic space during this period. Read more

Tensions run high amid name change debate

Fracking protestors jail sentence overturned on appeal

Three environmental protestors were released after an appeals court overturned their custodial sentence for public nuisance. Read more

Fracking protestors jail sentence overturned on appeal