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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

Conviction of former General involved in disappearances of activists important step for justice

In September 2018, the courts convicted retired army General Jovito Palparan, nicknamed "The Butcher" and sentenced him to life imprisonment for the kidnapping of two leftist student activists in 2006. Read more

Conviction of former General involved in disappearances of activists important step for justice

Singapore Public Order Act used to restrict or criminalise expression and peaceful assembly

Civil society groups believe the Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Act 2018 passed by the Parliament in March 2018 poses an additional threat to fundamental freedoms in Singapore. Read more

Singapore Public Order Act used to restrict or criminalise expression and peaceful assembly

Changes to security laws likely to have chilling effect, UN warns

UN special rapporteurs warned that changes to security laws in Australia could be inconsistent with the its international human rights obligations . Media organisations demand a blanket public interest exemption for journalists to proposed bill. Protests at Australia-ASEAN meeting, by indigenous groups and against Adani coal mine Read more

Changes to security laws likely to have chilling effect, UN warns

Environmental rights defender killed as authorities label activists as ‘terrorists’

Environmental and indigenous rights defender Ricardo Mayumi , an opponent of a dam in Ifugao was shot dead. A government petition labelled several local indigenous rights activists as “terrorists”. Read more

Environmental rights defender killed as authorities label activists as ‘terrorists’

Decree on Associations imposes severe restrictions on civil society

A new Decree regulating civil society organisations imposes severe restrictions on them. There have been continued demands for justice five years after the enforced disappearance of Lao human rights defender Sombath Somphone. Read more

Decree on Associations imposes severe restrictions on civil society

Attacks on fundamental freedoms continue in the lead up to elections

New legislative changes proposed in Cambodia could further restrict civic space in the lead up to elections. The justice system continues to be misused to criminalise activists and government critics. Read more

Attacks on fundamental freedoms continue in the lead up to elections

Attempt to shut down Rappler news site part of efforts to muzzle free expression

President Duterte's regime has ratcheted up its attack on media freedom, threatening the closure of news site Rappler. Civil society groups continue to protest government attempts to silence dissent, while human rights defenders continue to be targeted. Read more

Attempt to shut down Rappler news site part of efforts to muzzle free expression

Lao authorities ruthlessly suppress criticism and dissent

Lao authorities impose severe restrictions on the right to freedom of expression. There is no free press; all media are state-controlled and used as a propaganda tool for the ruling Lao Peoples' Revolutionary Party. Read more

Lao authorities ruthlessly suppress criticism and dissent

Intolerance of civil society in Vietnam: An interview with Penelope Faulkner from VCHR

Vice-President of the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR), Penelope Faulkner, speaks to CIVICUS about the current challenges faced by civil society in Vietnam and the role of international solidarity networks in supporting the creation of a safe and enabling environment for human rights defenders. Read more