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Continued crackdown against critical CSOs in Kenya

As we previously reported in the CIVICUS Monitor, conditions for civil society's independent operation have been increasingly restricted. In this update, we evidence the continuation of Kenyan authorities' crackdown on critical civic groups as the country moves closer to the August 2017 elections. Read more

Continued crackdown against critical CSOs in Kenya

Dissidents in Gabon tortured, harrassed and arbitrarily detained

As previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, electoral violence in 2016 led to a declining environment of widespread repression by Gabonese authorities. Read more

Dissidents in Gabon tortured, harrassed and arbitrarily detained

Two reporters killed, one kidnapped in December

Two Iraqi journalists were killed in December, bringing the number of journalists killed in 2016 to nine. Read more

Two reporters killed, one kidnapped in December

Abduction, torture used to repress protests in Zimbabwe

The state is escalating its repression by using abduction and torture to target protests leaders. Read more

Abduction, torture used to repress protests in Zimbabwe

Tougher laws choke civil society independence in Bangladesh

The authorities in Bangladesh have continued their harassment of civil society through the new legislation designed to choke independent civil society. Read more

Tougher laws choke civil society independence in Bangladesh

Over 1,000 associations disbanded and hundreds of media outlets closed after coup attempt

On 21st July, in the aftermath of the attempted coup, the National Parliament declared a 3-month state of emergency, giving the Presidential cabinet powers to bypass parliament and enact new laws which restrict or suspend basic rights and freedoms, including the freedom of association. Read more

Over 1,000 associations disbanded and hundreds of media outlets closed after coup attempt

Civic space shrinks as journalists, activists, social media users and HR lawyers are attacked

No independent civil society or opposition political actors are allowed to operate openly and freely in Burundi. Read more

Civic space shrinks as journalists, activists, social media users and HR lawyers are attacked

Journalists and activists targeted as Yemen's conflict rages

In the context of the ongoing conflict and the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, civic space continues to be violated. Read more

Torture, abduction and ethnic violence continue in Sri Lanka

In early June Velauthapillai Renukaruban a British-Sri Lankan visiting his family home in Jaffna, Northern Sri Lanka, was abducted by security forces. Sinhalese and Tamil students clashed at Jaffna University, in Northern Sri Lanka leaving 10 people injured and forcing the campus to close for two weeks. Police, military intelligence services and troops from the military special task force were all reported to have been deployed, sparking fears of further harassment by the state forces of Tamil student activists. Read more

Blogger Murdered in Pakistan

Khurram Zaki, the outspoken editor of Let Us Build Pakistan (LUBP) was murdered in Karachi on 8th May. Read more