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Tunisia civic space under threat by emergency bill and attempts to undermine transitional justice

A repressive state of emergency draft bill is under discussion in parliament, while the state of emergency has been continuously extended for almost four years during which emergency powers have been abused resulting in human rights violations. The new bill could grant Tunisian authorities sweeping powers to repress civic rights. Additionally, in April, the Ministry of Human Rights and Relations with Civil Society distributed confidentially a proposal to parliament that would effectively ensure impunity for past gross human rights violations, many against peaceful protesters, and grant perpetrators amnesty, an attempt that will undermine victim's rights and civil society mobilisation for justice. Read more

Tunisia civic space under threat by emergency bill and attempts to undermine transitional justice

UN rights committee questions Tonga on freedom of expression for children

In May 2019, during the state review, the UN Committee on the Rights of a Child (CRC) questioned Tonga around the space for freedom of expression for children in the country. In April 2018, the press freedom index by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) showed that Tonga had improved its ranking by six places Read more

UN rights committee questions Tonga on freedom of expression for children


Smears against journalists labelled as "traitors" increase

Persistent smears and threats against critical voices has created a constricted environment for independent journalism in Serbia. On several occasions recently, the Programme Director of N1, Jugoslav Ćosić and other journalists have been threatened. Often these threats and smears have revolved around journalists being portrayed as foreign mercenaries or anti-Serb traitors. Read more

Smears against journalists labelled as "traitors" increase

New Australian law to crackdown on violent videos on social media may lead to censorship

In April 2019, the government passed legislation to crackdown on violent videos that critics believe could undermine freedom of expression. In February 2019 aboriginal activists occupied the Parliament foyer around environmental issues; in March 2019, activists protested a coal mine owned by Indian multinational Adani while in April 2019, animal rights activists organised coordinated protests against the meat industry. Read more

New Australian law to crackdown on violent videos on social media may lead to censorship

Brunei citizens fear speaking out on new cruel and inhuman punishments

On 3rd April 2019, Brunei brought into force a revised Sharia (Islamic law) penal code that imposes the death penalty and public flogging for various offences. According to human rights groups , those in the country who oppose the law face real risks if they speak out against the laws Read more

Brunei citizens fear speaking out on new cruel and inhuman punishments

Turkmenistan: The State denies bread lines and suppresses information about crisis

This update covers developments relating to the protection of freedom of expression, association and assembly in Turkmenistan from October to December 2018. International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR) have prepared it for the CIVICUS Monitor based on TIHR’s monitoring of the situation in the Central Asian country. Read more

Turkmenistan: The State denies bread lines and suppresses information about crisis

New media charter considered "worthless" by journalists

On 19th November 2018, the European Council highlighted Sudan's lack of respect for civic freedoms. The statement by the European Council comes after the adoption of Sudan's new Media Charter on 1st November 2018. While the charter acknowledges the unrestricted right to the freedom of expression, local groups claim it is worthless if Sudanese authorities continue to persecute independent journalists. Read more

New media charter considered "worthless" by journalists

Divisive rhetoric fuels attacks on expression

On 26th October 2018, a news van for a local TV station was set on fire in the station’s parking lot in Salinas, California. Read more

Divisive rhetoric fuels attacks on expression

Repressive climate for civil society silences criticism of dam projects

Lao civil society organisations are afraid of opposing the Pak Lay dam, even though they are aware of its potential negative impact Read more

Repressive climate for civil society silences criticism of dam projects