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Criminalisation of journalists and activists on the rise, media freedoms under attack

Journalists and human rights defenders are under pressure as Azerbaijan prepares for a constitutional referendum which, if passed, could result in increased presidential powers. Read more


Harassment and Intimidation of Human Rights Defenders in Palestine

Staff at the Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights have received a number of threatening phone calls and death threats. Read more


Journalists and activists targeted as Yemen's conflict rages

In the context of the ongoing conflict and the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, civic space continues to be violated. Read more


Suppression of civil society continues in Bahrain

A court ordered the dissolution of the opposition political society, Al-Wefaq as many human rights defenders and journalists were arrested and banned for travelling, especially those attending human rights events. Read more


Media Censorship spikes during recent elections in Mongolia

During recent parliamentary elections on 29th June, government manipulation of the media intensified as sensitive content was removed from circulation. Read more


Crackdown on Media continues and 100 protestors detained in Sudan

On 20th June, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) confiscated the daily newspaper Akhir Lahza, allegedly due to publishing a report that addressed organisational changes within the ruling National Congress Party (NCP). In a separate incident, sit-ins were organised on the first week of July in eastern Sudan's city of El Gedaref calling for improvements to the provision of services following floods during the rainy season. Security forces detained more than a hundred residents. Read more


Mass Arrests and Proposed New Cybercrime Law in Egypt

On 25th April, demonstrations against the government's decision to acknowledge Saudi Arabia's sovereignty over the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir resulted more than 150 people being sentenced to between two and five years in prison. Read more


Journalist released but Azeri goverment continues crackdown

Despite the release from jail of journalists Khadija Ismayilova, the OGP declared Azerbaijan inactive because of continuing repression of fundamental freedoms. Read more


Foreign funding law contravenes international law, says UN expert

UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai has said that India's Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act (FCRA) contravenes the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Read more


Damning Commision of Enquiry report finds indications of crimes against humanity

A UN Commission of Enquiry found that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in Eritrea since 1991,” and that Eritrean government officials are responsible for crimes of enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearance, torture, other inhumane acts, persecution, rape and murder. Read more