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Authorities hinder civil society's monitoring and human rights activities in Rakhine

As we've previously reported in the CIVICUS Monitor, the ongoing situation in Rakhine state had led to credible allegations of serious human rights violations against the Rohingya population. Read more

Authorities hinder civil society's monitoring and human rights activities in Rakhine

Proposed ban on face veils undermines Norway's free speech ranking

Despite its position on top of the 2017 World Press Freedom Index, Norway's lawmakers are moving ahead to ban wearing of full-face veils in schools. Read more

Proposed ban on face veils undermines Norway's free speech ranking

Insults, threats and physical attacks against journalists remain a serious concern

A recent spate of attacks against journalists has underscored the worrying decline in respect for freedom of expression. In this update, we document a litany of threats, insults and physical attacks against Croatian journalists for simply carrying out their work. Read more

Insults, threats and physical attacks against journalists remain a serious concern

A tentative hope for human rights improvements?

On 5th July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulaziz Kamilov, announced that the government would welcome a Human Rights Watch (HRW) delegation to Uzbekistan, tentatively indicating a level of willingness to open up the country to international human rights monitoring. Read more

A tentative hope for human rights improvements?

#IAmMyOwnGuardian activists detained and harassed for defending women's rights

Despite some recent regulatory improvements regarding the guardianship system, women human rights defenders continue to be subject to detention. Read more

#IAmMyOwnGuardian activists detained and harassed for defending women's rights

Despite international scrutiny and criticism, Turkmen authorities restrict civic freedoms

The human rights situation in Turkmenistan is of serious concern. In its March 2017 review of the country, the United Nations Human Rights Committee - a key international human rights body – adopted conclusions and recommendations echoing civil society's concerns over the ongoing violations of fundamental freedoms. Read more

Despite international scrutiny and criticism, Turkmen authorities restrict civic freedoms

Authorities harass and intimidate land rights activists

The forced removal of people from their land is currently a pressing human rights issue in Rwanda. The removals have taken place when disputes over ownership of property have arisen. Read more

Authorities harass and intimidate land rights activists

Offensive and discriminatory language used against minority groups in the Netherlands

In February 2017, Dutch populist leader Geert Wilders launched his election campaign using offensive language about the Moroccan community in the Netherlands. He promised to reduce the number of Moroccans in the country and to ban Muslim immigration and close mosques, should he win in the March parliamentary elections. Read more

Offensive and discriminatory language used against minority groups  in the Netherlands