Civic Space Developments

Local groups worried about impending changes to civil society law

Legislative work is proceeding on new rules governing CSOs and on access to information, as civil society raises some concerns about both processes. Read more

Land rights activist killed

Several recent protests have passed off peacefully however the murder of several journalists in the early part of 2016 seriously undermines respect for civic space in Guatemala. Read more

UN Special Rapporteur criticises Japan's freedom of expression laws

Large scale protests in June were generally peacefully observed while a UN Special Rapporteur criticises Japan's freedom of expression laws. Read more

Some refugee protests turn violent in Germany

Sparked by the refugee crisis, protests and counter-protests across Germany have mostly been policed well but with some use of force. Read more

Foreign funding law contravenes international law, says UN expert

UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai has said that India's Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act (FCRA) contravenes the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Read more

Canadian Parliament approves motion to reject BDS movement

The Canadian Parliament approved a motion to reject the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, restricting the right to freedom of expression. Read more

Correa vilifies nongovermental organisations

Ecuador's President Correa alleges that there is an invasion of NGOs supported by other governments, which are a threat to democracy because they set a political agenda without democratic legitimacy or responsibility.

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Repression intensifies as elections approach

Repression against the media and civil society has escalated tensions in Gambia in the run up to elections in December 2016. Read more

Hundreds of protestors shot dead in Ethiopia

A brutal crackdown has left over 400 protestors dead while a new cybercrime law threatens to further restrict online space for civil society. Read more

Draft NGO law contains restrictions on freedom of association

In March, the Ministry of Social Development released a draft NGO law, raising concerns about restrictions on freedom of association. Read more