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No let up in Russian authorities' harassment of civil society

On 2nd October, the international branch of the human rights group Memorial was designated as a 'foreign agent' by the Justice Ministry of the Russian Federation. Read more

No let up in Russian authorities' harassment of civil society

All forms of dissent relentlessly persecuted in Iran

Iranian authorities continue to target writers, artists, bloggers and political activists. Read more

All forms of dissent relentlessly persecuted in Iran

Cuban authorities step up targetted repression of civil society, media and protestors

The offices of the CSO Cubalex were raided in early October as protest movement Damas de Blanco condemned the targetting of its members. Read more

Cuban authorities step up targetted repression of civil society, media and protestors

Wave of anti-government protests met with police repression in Brazil

Police have used tear gas and beatings in response to large scale protests across Brazil, including in Rio De Janiero and Sao Paolo.
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Wave of anti-government protests met with police repression in Brazil

Offices of news agency raided in defamation case

Armed police raided the offices of L'Audace Infos, in an attempt to serve a summons on its director of publications, Romauld Alingo. Read more

Offices of news agency raided in defamation case

Pattern of free speech violations continues in Somalia

One journalists was killed and several arrested in September and October. Read more

Pattern of free speech violations continues in Somalia

Authorities in Pakistan shut down critical women's rights group

Conditions continue to be difficult for civil society organisations in Pakistan, with those involved in human rights monitoring or those critical of government facing forced closure. Read more

Authorities in Pakistan shut down critical women's rights group

Surveillance, censorship and arrests of activists using social media in Palestine

On 26th October 2016, Israeli Forces raided the house of Mr. Salah Khawaja, who was subsequently arrested and detained by Israeli security forces without access to legal representation. Read more

Surveillance, censorship and arrests of activists using social media in Palestine

Conflict with Russia causes restrictions on media freedoms

The armed conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, the occupation of Crimea and the Russian support for separatists in Donbas have led to a large-scale media war and to the adoption of restrictions against media in Ukraine. Read more

Conflict with Russia causes restrictions on media freedoms

Authorities tighten surveillance of CSOs in the wake of terror attacks

Freedom of expression and media freedom are under major threat in Bangladesh. According to rights group Ain o Salish Kendra 74 journalists were allegedly subjected to torture in Bangladesh in the first six months of 2016. Read more

Authorities tighten surveillance of CSOs in the wake of terror attacks