Civic Space Developments

Free expression on Twitter carries a heavy penalty in Bahrain

The authorities have imprisoned journalists and human rights defenders because of comments made on the social media platform. Read more

Free expression on Twitter carries a heavy penalty in Bahrain

CSOs seek international help to fight law violating freedom of association

Bolivian CSOs are appealing interationally against a court decision upholding a law which violates the freedom of association. Read more

CSOs seek international help to fight law violating freedom of association

Authorities in Lesotho attempt to block social media

In November, it emerged that authorities in Lesotho are attempting to shut down social media platforms. Read more

Authorities in Lesotho attempt to block social media

Allegations of electoral malpractice spark protests in Moldova

On 13th November, Moldova held a second round of presidential elections, the results of which were met with protests. Read more

Allegations of electoral malpractice spark protests in Moldova

Government mismanagement of natural resources prompts violent protest in Senegal

Recent protests driven by government mismanagement of natural resources and provision of public services resulted in the use of force by police. Read more

Government mismanagement of natural resources prompts violent protest in Senegal

Brutal repression of local protest against mining in Togo

On 22nd August, members of the Togolese community of Abobo-Zéglé, located at 20kms North-East of the capital Lomé, staged a protest against the activities of a new phosphate mining company on their land. Read more

Brutal repression of local protest against mining in Togo

Turkish authorities suspend 370 CSOs as efforts to eradicate dissent escalate

On 15th November, Turkish authorities suspended 370 NGOs for alleged links to the Gulen movement, the Kurdish PKK or leftwing organisations. Read more

Turkish authorities suspend 370 CSOs as efforts to eradicate dissent escalate

Four dead after police open fire on protest in Jharkhand

On 1st October, at least four protestors were shot dead by security forces in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand while protesting against a land acquisition by a public sector utility NTPC. Read more

Four dead after police open fire on protest in Jharkhand

Secret transgender pageant emblematic of LGBTI intolerance in Indonesia

Although a transgender pageant proved a rallying call for LGBTI people, it had to take place in total secrecy to defy the nationwide clampdown against sexual minorities. Read more

Secret transgender pageant emblematic of LGBTI intolerance in Indonesia

Violence in Rakhine state prompts international condemnation of authorities in Myanmar

Violence in Rakhine State has placed a spotlight on the treatment of the minority Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar. Read more

Violence in Rakhine state prompts international condemnation of authorities in Myanmar