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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

Civil society says shutting down of international NGOs an ‘attack on civic freedoms’

In October 2018, the authorities ordered 18 international non-governmental organization (INGOs) to shut down operations and leave the country including Action Aid Read more

Civil society says shutting down of international NGOs an ‘attack on civic freedoms’



Blatant attempts to manipulate elections and assault civic freedoms, says Pakistani civil society

Civil society groups have continued to raise concerns about the sustained assault on freedom of expression and association ahead of the parliamentary elections on 25th July 2018. Media houses and journalist have been targeted and an environment of self-censorship is being imposed. Civil society and human rights activists have been attacked and harassed. Read more

Blatant attempts to manipulate elections and assault civic freedoms, says Pakistani civil society

Human rights defenders face threats and judicial harassment

The military court of Yaoundé found seven Anglophone activists guilty on several charges during a trial on 26th April. This includes Mancho Bibixy, a journalist for Bamenda FM who reported on the rights of Cameroonian Anglophone citizens, and worked with the civil society consortium to report human right violations. Read more

Human rights defenders face threats and judicial harassment

Several journalists killed and more than 1,600 protesters injured in Gaza

As we recently reported in the CIVICUS Monitor, excessive use of force by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) during the 'Land Day' or 'Great March of Return' protests has left at least 28 people dead and 1,600 protesters injured. A number of journalists have been targeted while covering the recent protests in Gaza. Read more

Several journalists killed and more than 1,600 protesters injured in Gaza

Unending restrictions on civic freedoms

In recent months, Turkey has continued to experience serious violations of freedom of expression. The Government has mainly relied on the legal system to target anyone who express critical opinion, including journalists, teachers, academics and others. Read more

Unending restrictions on civic freedoms

Pashtun protests continue despite pressure from authorities

Ethnic Pashtuns have been holding peaceful protests over the last few months to call for an end to human rights violations by authorities against the community . Editor of the human rights annual report was burgled and harassed. Pakistan TV channel Geo TV, was taken off the air in many parts of the country . A new report has found the mass surveillance of digital communications of journalists and human rights defenders is resulting in self-censorship in Pakistan

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Pashtun protests continue despite pressure from authorities

Proposed laws could criminalise whistle-blowers and silence civil society

Proposed changes to secrecy laws in Australia could criminalise whistle-blowers and journalists while a bill on foreign donations could suppress the voices of civil society Read more

Proposed laws could criminalise whistle-blowers and silence civil society