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Ongoing crackdown on foreign media content and increased surveillance at the border

Amid the denuclearisation talks in Vietnam between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in February 2019, the authorities increased restrictions. In recent months the North Korea authorities have cracked down on foreign media content and increased video surveillance at the China border. Read more

Ongoing crackdown on foreign media content and increased surveillance at the  border

Assault and harassment of HRD highlight severe repression of civic space in Equatorial Guinea

On 15th March 2019, human rights activist and the Vice President of the CSO El Centro de Estudios e Iniciativas para el Desarrollo (CEID; Center of Studies and Initiatives for Development) Alfredo Okenve was prevented from receiving an award from the French and German embassies for his human rights work. On the morning of 15th March 2019, police officers arrested and interrogated Okenve's cousin, Joaquín Mangué Obama, on the whereabouts of Okenve in Malabo Read more

Assault and harassment of HRD highlight severe repression of civic space in Equatorial Guinea

Despite international scrutiny, Vietnam continues to conduct surveillance, harass and jail activists

Despite the scrutiny at the UN and by the EU, the persecution of activists has continued over the last few months. Some have been jailed for their peaceful expression while others have been intimidated and harassed. Further, the draconian cyber security law came into force in January 2019. Read more

Despite international scrutiny, Vietnam continues to conduct surveillance, harass and jail activists

Reinforced authoritarianism – sentencing of opposition activists, surveillance of citizens

This update covers developments on the freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression in Kazakhstan from October to December 2018 and was prepared for the CIVICUS Monitor by International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and Kazakhstan International Bureau of Human Rights and Rule of Law (KIBHR) based on KIBHR’s monitoring of the situation in the country. Read more

Reinforced authoritarianism – sentencing of opposition activists, surveillance of citizens

Activists continue to face detention for opposing law restricting artistic expression

As reported previously on the CIVICUS Monitor, a new decree that restricts artistic expressions entered into force in December 2018. Activists opposing the Decree 349 continue to face restrictions, including arbitrary arrest. Read more

Activists continue to face detention for opposing law restricting artistic expression
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After 62 days in hunger strike, Tomas Nuñez was released

The political prisoner Tomas Nuñez Magdariaga was released on 15th October 2018 after 62 days in a hunger strike. Read more

After 62 days in hunger strike, Tomas Nuñez was released

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

Civil society highlights torture and ill-treatment of activists at UN review

Ahead of the review of Vietnam's implementation of the Anti-Torture Convention In November 2018, civil society organisations submitted a report on police brutality and torture against citizens including activists Read more

Civil society highlights torture and ill-treatment of activists at UN review

Criminalisation of activists and protesters continue forcing people to leave the country

The Nicaraguan government continues to harass and criminalise human rights defenders in the country. On 14th October 2018, two prominent social leaders, Haydeé Castillo and Lottie Cunningham, were detained and prevented from travelling to Washington DC. Read more

 Criminalisation of activists and protesters continue forcing people to leave the country
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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’