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Despite re-election to Human Rights Council, civic space concerns persist in Nepal

In recent months, there have been further attempts by the authorities to impose new restrictions on the internet and the media. Civil society has raised concerns at the judicial harassment of a journalist and the death of another senior journalist. There have been protests by Dalits against the discrimination and violence they face and against Chinese encroachment. There were allegations of ill-treatment of a health activist, while the Chepang Indigenous peoples are facing eviction. Read more

Despite re-election to Human Rights Council, civic space concerns persist in Nepal

New government action plan reveals change in attitude towards CSOs and human rights

Following the "Ibiza scandal", elections were held in September 2019. Although the support for the far-right Freedom Party Austria (FPÖ) dropped, Sebastian Kurz’s conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) won 37.1% of the votes and formed a coalition with the left-leaning Green Party. While the hard line of the government on migration-related issues remains, it has shown a more positive attitude in relations to human rights and CSOs. Read more

New government action plan reveals change in attitude towards CSOs and human rights

Brunei authorities convict and sentence critic in absentia for sedition

In December 2019, the Brunei authorities convicted and sentenced a man in absentia to 18 months’ imprisonment for sedition. Shahiransheriffuddin bin Shahrani Muhammad was charged in 2017 after he published a Facebook post that criticised the certification regulation released by the Ministry of Religious Affairs Read more

Brunei authorities convict and sentence critic in absentia for sedition

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Freedom of expression is constitutionally guaranteed in Malawi. Read more

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Attacks on journalists continue in Somalia, although the provisional Constitution protects free speech. Read more

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The freedom of expression is protected by Article 10 of the Constitution, with reservations on the grounds of defence, public safety, public order, public morality, public health and the rights and reputations of others. Read more

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The freedom of expression is guaranteed in Article 19 of the Constitution. There are diverse media outlets, including several independent newspapers, many privately-owned radio stations and one non-state TV station. Read more

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The freedom of expression is guaranteed by Article 73 of the Constitution. Reservations are made on the grounds of public order, state security and the protection of health, morals and the rights or reputation of others, but these must be consistent with Iceland’s democratic traditions. Read more

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The freedom of expression is protected by Article 10 of the Constitution, with limitations on the basis of defence, public safety, public order, public morality, public health and the protection of the rights and reputations of others. Read more

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While cases brought to the Supreme Court have often upheld the constitutional guarantee of the freedom of expression, the freedom remains constrained both by the Defamation Act and the section of the Penal Code on criminal libel and slander. Read more