Civic Space Developments

Free expression violations continuing in Sudan

Free-expression violations, including the suspension of several newspapers, are continuing in Sudan. Read more

Free expression violations continuing in Sudan

Airport authority violates peaceful assembly rights

In July, New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority tried to prevent strike actions by airport workers. Read more

Airport authority violates peaceful assembly rights

Fiji whistleblower attacked and left for dead

Rajneel Singh, a Fiji businessman, was left for dead after being attacked in his home by men in police uniform.
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Fiji whistleblower attacked and left for dead

Protests on FGM spark controversy in Sierra Leone

Reports emerged of a 28 year old woman allegedly being subjected to forced Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and locked inside a house for four days prior to being freed by police. Read more

Protests on FGM spark controversy in Sierra Leone

Journalists intimidated and detained for speaking out in Ghana

On 23rd September, members of the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) arrested Ghanaian-Lebanese author Fadi Dabbousi upon his arrival from Lebanon. Read more

Journalists intimidated and detained for speaking out in Ghana

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

Community radio station director attacked by police

The director of Komboni Radio, a community station, was attacked by police as authorities crack down on dissent in Zambia. Read more

Community radio station director attacked by police

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

Kurdish minority representatives the latest targets of Turkey's unending crackdown

Conditions for civic activism are rapidly deteriorating in Turkey as authorities move to close space for dissent through arrests and social media shutdowns. Read more

Kurdish minority representatives the latest targets of Turkey's unending crackdown

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