Civic Space Developments

Corruption, policy reform and inadequate local services drive protests in Lebanon

Several protests have recently taken place in Lebanon, as trade unions and civil society activists mobilise around a variety of issues. Read more

Corruption, policy reform and inadequate local services drive protests in Lebanon

Electoral authority removes social media limitation

Chilean electoral authority set back social media restriction for the next municipal election. Read more

Electoral authority removes social media limitation

Two media outlets attacked in Paraguay

The environment for those working in the media has become increasingly unsafe. Read more

Two media outlets attacked in Paraguay

LGBTI activist murdered as crackdown intensifies in Turkey

The brutal rape and murder of iconic LGBTI activist, Hande Kader on 8th August prompted a mass mobilisation in Istanbul. Hundreds took to the streets to protest peacefully against the treatment of LGBTI people in Turkey. Read more

LGBTI activist murdered as crackdown intensifies in Turkey

Bystander shot by police during mass anticorruption demonstration

On 16 August, as at least half a million people mobilised against alleged government corruption in the country's capital, a young man was shot dead by police during the demonstration. Read more

Bystander shot by police during mass anticorruption demonstration

Student demonstrations repressed; journalists covering protests also attacked

Protests for free education flared in September, leading to clashes between police and university students throughout the country. Read more

Student demonstrations repressed; journalists covering protests also attacked

Russia continues to target foreign and domestic organisations

Several foreign CSOs were designated "undesirable" and Russian groups were banned from working with them, while a leading independent polling agency was declared a foreign agent. Read more

Russia continues to target foreign and domestic organisations

Newspaper editor detained for questioning following "libelous" story on foreign president

On 15 September the senior editor of a newspaper was detained for more than four hours at police headquarters following the publication of a story that was deemed to be “reckless and libelously unbalanced” against President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea. Read more

Newspaper editor detained for questioning following "libelous" story on foreign president

Peaceful student protests repressed with tear gas

In August, Police twice used tear gas to violently disrupt student protests. Read more

Peaceful student protests repressed with tear gas