Opposition against Olympics continues, as state of emergency extended in Japan

In recent months, protests against the Olympics have persisted, including by nurses. A public broadcaster muted protests against the games during the Olympic torch relay. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it would prevent athletes from protesting or demonstrating at the Olympics, sparking criticism. Read more

Opposition against Olympics continues, as state of emergency extended in Japan

Comoros Overview

People in Comoros are constitutionally protected in the enjoyment of their fundamental freedoms, which are also safeguarded in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Comoros is a state party. In spite of these protections and the important role that civil society organisations (CSOs) play in Comoros, the state imposes restrictions on their full enjoyment of basic civic freedoms. Read more


Malta maintains a free and enabling space for civil society. The freedom to associate is guaranteed in law although there have been minor problems for LGBTI persons in the past. Read more


Civil society organisations working on environmental issues continue to be subject to harassment and intimidation. Several cases of detention of human rights defenders for raising awareness on environmental issues have been documented. Read more


Civic space is protected in law but government intimidation and over-zealous policing in Malawi impede activism and civil society organisations’ operations in practice. Read more


*Please note that updates on the Somalia page also cover developments in Somaliland*

The long-running conflict involving armed group Al-Shabaab and the Somali government, in addition to smaller conflicts with warlords over access to resources, continues to have a damaging effect on citizen’s basic freedoms,... Read more


Suriname has an active civil society that includes human rights groups, gender equality groups, community organisations, indigenous groups, faith-based organisations, and trade unions, with a history of connecting with civil society across the Caribbean region. Read more


Iceland has a strong democratic tradition and a culture of participation and activism. While the country has seen several corruption scandals in recent years, most recently exposed by the Panama Papers leaks, each time there has been a strong civic response that has led to rapid political change. Read more

St Vincent and the Grenadines-Overview

The Constitution of St Vincent and the Grenadines guarantees fundamental freedoms, including of conscience, expression, association and assembly. Read more

Zambia - Overview

Zambia has an extensive civil society, which includes a strong presence by church groups and trade unions as well development and human rights CSOs. Read more