Civic Space Developments

Activists, journalists and dissidents detained to prevent protests on International Human Rights Day

On 9th and 10th December 2019, several human rights defenders, intellectuals, leaders of opposition groups and journalists were placed under house arrest without a judicial order. Many reported that security officers were guarding their homes, threatening to arrest them if they went out into the street. This wave of repression took place around the celebrations for International Human Rights Day on 10th December. According to reports, the detentions were conducted to prevent protests. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Activists, journalists and dissidents detained to prevent protests on International Human Rights Day

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

Journalists face legal and administrative challenges

Journalists face denial of accreditation to undertake their work, taxi drivers go on strike to protest working conditions and demand for increased rates, Results on the consultation about amendments to the legal framework on the activity of political parties and CSOs made public Read more

Journalists face legal and administrative challenges

Kazakhstan: A tightening grip on civil society: ongoing persecution of activists across the country

During the period covered by this report, Kazakhstan witnessed reinforced persecution of civil society activists, journalists and other citizens exercising their fundamental rights. This includes the prosecution of numerous civil society activists, journalists and other individuals in retaliation for expressing their opinion, engaging in online activities or participating in peaceful demonstrations on socio-economic and political issues. The reporting period also saw the continued denial of state registration for NGOs working on issues that are sensitive to the authorities. Read more

Kazakhstan: A tightening grip on civil society: ongoing persecution of activists across the country

Protests against pulp mill met with excessive force in Uruguay

On 5th September 2019, hundreds marched in Montevideo to protest the large new pulp mill that company UPM plans to construct in Paso de los Toros, department of Tacuarembó. The march was convened by a coalition of over 60 civil society organisations, the Coordinación Nacional contra UPM (National Coordination against UPM). Read more

Protests against pulp mill met with excessive force in Uruguay

Death threats intensify after civil society questions changes to criminal code

Changes to Serbia's criminal code have spurred a barrage of abuse targeted at civil society. The changes adopted in May 2019 include the possibility of life imprisonment without parole for felony murder, rape with a fatal outcome, rape of a powerless person with a fatal outcome, rape of a child with a fatal outcome and rape in a situation of position abuse. Read more

Death threats intensify after civil society questions changes to criminal code

Women human rights defenders are targets of threats and attacks in Honduras

On 12th October 2019, land rights defender María Digna Montero was murdered at her home in the indigenous and afro-descendent Garifuna community of Cuzuna, Colón department. According to reports, unidentified assailants shot her several times in her backyard and then fled on a motorcycle. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Women human rights defenders are targets of threats and attacks in Honduras

Protests against hunger and poverty in Argentina

In the run up to Argentina’s general elections in October 2019, social movements and opposition groups organised several demonstrations to protest the government’s socioeconomic policies. During Argentina’s current economic crisis, the peso suffered a sharp devaluation while unemployment and inflation soared. Read more

Protests against hunger and poverty in Argentina

Journalists and activists targeted as many fear regression of rights following Sri Lankan elections

Over the last two months, journalists have faced harassment, threats and attacks for their reporting while a Swiss embassy employee was detained by unknown persons and interrogated for information around asylum provided to Sri Lankans. Academic and human rights lawyer Kumaravadivel Guruparan has been targeted, while there have been reports of surveillance and intimidation against anti-disappearance protesters. Read more

Journalists and activists targeted as many fear regression of rights following Sri Lankan elections

Alarming number of activists being jailed in Vietnam for ‘anti-state’ Facebook posts

Over the last few months, activists, journalists and academics have been either arrested or jailed for their postings on Facebook critical of the regime. Many have faced politically motivated charges under Article 117 of the 2015 Penal Code for “making, storing, spreading or propagating information, materials or items for the purpose of opposing the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam”. There is also concern about intimidation and harassment of a publishing house, the removal of anti-government postings by Facebook and the use of terrorism charges against political activists. Read more

Alarming number of activists being jailed in Vietnam for ‘anti-state’ Facebook posts