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Sliding downhill: concerns remain regarding the civic space situation despite releases

Several alarming developments regarding fundamental freedoms have occurred in Tajikistan in the period under review as the authorities continue to increase pressure on those who oppose, or who are perceived to oppose the government, as well as independent lawyers and journalists. Read more

Sliding downhill: concerns remain regarding the civic space situation despite releases

Libya: journalist abducted, tortured and murdered

On 31st July 2018, unidentified assailants kidnapped and killed a journalist in Sabha, southwestern Libya. Prior to being abducted, Musa Abdul Kareem, a journalist working for the news outlet Fasanea, had authored an article focusing on increasing insecurity and violence in Libya. Read more

Libya: journalist abducted, tortured and murdered


Human Rights Defender barred from entering Botswana

A prominent human rights lawyer who has been involved in a case challenging the president was disallowed entry into the country, while a new report documents the deteriorating state of civic space in the country. Read more

Human Rights Defender barred from entering Botswana

Activists continue to face persecution as thousands mark Tiananmen anniversary in Hong Kong

Zhen Jianghua, the executive director of the Human Rights Campaign in China was formally charged in March 2018. Thousands of Hong Kong citizens held candles and paused for a moment's silence on 4th July 2018 to mark the suppression of pro-democracy protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989. Read more

Activists continue to face persecution as thousands mark Tiananmen anniversary in Hong Kong

Human rights defender receives travel ban

In April, human rights lawyer Dr. Najeeb Al-Nuaimi was banned from travelling internationally. Read more

Human rights defender receives travel ban

In a post-Castro era with a new president, what has changed for Cuban activists and opposition?

On 11th March 2018 Cubans voted for their representatives in the National Assembly who then elected Miguel Diaz-Canel as the country's new president on 19th April. After almost six decades of Castro family rule, the country will now be led by someone not related to the Castros. Read more

In a post-Castro era with a new president, what has changed for Cuban activists and opposition?

HRD's passport confiscated ahead of Djibouti's Universal Periodic Review at the UN

Authorities confiscated the passport of human rights defender Kadar Abdi Ibrahim and therefore preventing him from leaving the country. Read more

HRD's passport confiscated ahead of Djibouti's Universal Periodic Review at the UN

A surge in travel bans leaves activists and journalists unable to speak out overseas

Several journalists and activists were banned from traveling abroad mainly in the context of Cuba general elections Read more

 A surge in travel bans leaves activists and journalists unable to speak out overseas

Maintaining the status quo: continued oppression and injustice in Turkmenistan

In Freedom House's Freedom in the World 2018 survey, Turkmenistan was again included among the “worst of the worst” countries in the world with respect to political and civil freedoms. Read more

Maintaining the status quo: continued oppression and injustice in Turkmenistan