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Protest restrictions outside abortion clinics raise free speech concerns

As Australian states establish "exclusion zones" to prevent harassment from either side of the pro- and anti-abortion camps, controversy has erupted over implied limits to the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assemby. Read more

Protest restrictions outside abortion clinics raise free speech concerns

Temporary protest ban sparks calls for change to peaceful assembly regulation

A demonstration scheduled for 5 October was initially banned, and eventually allowed to proceed on 12 October, sparking calls for a change to the way peaceful assembly is regulated in Niger. Read more

Temporary protest ban sparks calls for change to peaceful assembly regulation

Independent expression under threat in Macedonia

The unwarranted harassment of independent journalists continues in Macedonia. An aggressive stance by government officials against independent journalists is not uncommon and severely undermines the efficacy of investigative journalism in the country. Read more

Independent expression under threat in Macedonia

Authorities continue to disrupt protests against mega projects

Security forces in Panama continue to disrupt indigenous protests, using rubber bullets to disperse the gathering, injuring some protestors. Read more

Authorities continue to disrupt protests against mega projects

Police strike restricted in Solomon Islands

Police officers in Solomon Island were prevented from holding a strike in demand for outstanding allowances. Read more

Police strike restricted in Solomon Islands

Egypt continues its systematic repression of human rights activists, journalists and protestors

On 15th August, the Cairo Criminal Court in Zeinhom postponed a ruling on the freezing of assets belonging to the leaders of several of Egypt's most prominent human rights groups. Read more

Egypt continues its systematic repression of human rights activists, journalists and protestors

Myanmar mosque ransacked by armed mob and youth conference banned

On 23rd June, a mosque in Bago Province, Rakine State, Myanmar was attacked by over 200 Buddhist extremists. A disagreement over the building of a Muslim school in the area quickly escalated into religious violence, leaving the mosque ransacked and other religious sites badly damaged. In a separate event, a National Ethnic Youth Conference planned for 27 to 30 July was suspended for dubious reasons by authorities. Six hundred young people from across Myanmar had already gathered and were awaiting the start of the conference. Read more

Crackdown on Environmental Groups as Journalists go on Trial in Morocco

On 1st July a seminar on environmental and land rights in Marrakesh was banned by the Moroccan authorities. Meanwhile, seven journalists are on trial for “threatening the internal security of the state” because of training they provided on use of a new citizen journalism app. Read more

Repression escalates as #Thisflag movement gathers momentum

Arrests and brutality by security forces are on the rise in Zimbabwe as increasingly numbers of people mobilise under the #Thisflag movement. Read more

Repression escalates as #Thisflag movement gathers momentum