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Will ceasefire result in improvements for civil society?

There are hopes that a ceasefire announced in May 2017 will result in better conditions for civil society in areas of the country affected by a renewed armed conflict since elections in 2015. Read more

Will ceasefire result in improvements for civil society?

Civil society mobilises to protest electoral changes pushed through the Moldovan Parliament

On 7th May 2017, several civil society organisations - some under the banner of the group NuPlaha-FreeMoldova - mobilised over 200 people in front of the parliament building in protest over a draft law that would make significant changes to the electoral system. Read more

Civil society mobilises to protest electoral changes pushed through the Moldovan Parliament

Local monitoring organisations document appalling violations of freedom of expression

According to the Afghan Journalists' Safety Committee (AJSC), 2016 was a the most dangerous year thus far for journalists and media professionals in Afghanistan. Read more

Local monitoring organisations document appalling violations of freedom of expression

Civil society report finds violations of freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression

In March 2017, the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) issued a comprehensive report on violations of the freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly in the country over the past two years. Read more

Civil society report finds violations of freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression

Activist released then detained by police two weeks later

The case of Russian opposition activist, Ildar Dadin, drew wide public attention in February 2017 when the Prosecutor General’s office decided that Dadin’s actions did not constitute a crime and petitioned for his release. Read more

Activist released then detained by police two weeks later

Moldovan activists decry worsening conditions for civil society and journalists

On 3rd March 2017, the Moldovan National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum issued a statement highlighting worsening conditions for civil society and investigative journalism in Moldova. Read more

Moldovan activists decry worsening conditions for civil society and journalists

Despite releases, conditions remain dire for HRDs in Uzbekistan

Despite a recent spate of releases of human rights defenders, the state continues to suppress dissent, sometimes through extreme measures. Read more

Despite releases, conditions remain dire for HRDs in Uzbekistan

Civil society elects 13th senator for the first time in Belize's history

In January, Belize's NGO sector elected a 13th Senator to represent civil society in the legislature. Read more

Civil society elects 13th senator for the first time in Belize's history

Lebanese Authorities pass access to information legislation

On 19th January, Lebanese Parliament finally approved a Right to Access to Information bill, eight years after the first draft was initially submitted. Read more

Lebanese Authorities pass access to information legislation

Proposed funding cut to Belsat TV threatens free expression in Belarus

An announcement by the Polish government that it may reduce funding to Belsat TV has raised concerns that access to information and free expression in Belarus will be weakened. Read more

Proposed funding cut to Belsat TV threatens free expression in Belarus