HRD threatened

Political deadlock ended: hopes it will ease ethnic tensions

On 17th May 2017, VMRO-DPMNE, a political party who held power for over a decade, finally agreed to the peaceful transfer of power ending the political deadlock which has engulfed Macedonia since elections in December 2016. Many civil society groups hope that the change in leadership will end the harassment of independent civic groups in receipt of funds from abroad.

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Political deadlock ended: hopes it will ease ethnic tensions

Kyrgyz president slams HRDs' efforts

The situation for freedom of speech and civil society remains concerning in Kyrgyzstan, ahead of the presidential election scheduled for 15th October 2017. Read more

Kyrgyz president slams HRDs' efforts

Burmese civil society fights back against restrictions on freedom of expression

In this update, we examine key flashpoints which exemplify Aung San Suu Kyi’s failure to dismantle freedom of expression restrictions, and describe how civil society is fighting back. Read more

Burmese civil society fights back against restrictions on freedom of expression

Activists attacked and arrested while impunity prevails

Harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders continue to be the norm in Honduras. In addition, security forces continue to use excessive force against students protests. Read more

Activists attacked and arrested while impunity prevails

Exiled journalist kidnapped in Georgia and now in the hands of Azerbaijani police

An Azeri investigative journalist was kidnapped in Georgia, where he lived in exile since 2015, and brought illegally into Azerbaijan to be handed over to the police. Read more

Exiled journalist kidnapped in Georgia and now in the hands of Azerbaijani police

Civil society under greater threat as draconian law comes into force

As previously covered on the CIVICUS Monitor, the Egyptian Parliament passed a draconian law on non-governmental organisations in late November 2016.

On 29th May 2017, that law came into force with potentially devastating affects on both domestic and international organisations operating in Egypt. Read more

Civil society under greater threat as draconian law comes into force

Chilean environmental rights defender receives death threat

Members of the Defence Movement of Earth, Environmental Protection and Access to Water (MODATIMA) are being threatened because of their work in defence of access to the province of Petorca. Read more

Chilean environmental rights defender receives death threat

'Walking for Her' demonstrators threatened, harassed and defamed

In early April, human rights defender Hadeel Buqrais and other participants in the “Walking for Her” demonstration, a peaceful march of solidarity with Saudi women, were threatened, harassed and vilified in the media.
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'Walking for Her' demonstrators threatened, harassed and defamed