Civic Space Developments

Protests disrupted in West Papua

Protests in West Papua continued to be met with heavy handed police tactics. On the 28th May, two activists were arrested and detained by security forces for distributing leaflets about an upcoming separatist rally and encouraging others to participate. Read more

Media Censorship spikes during recent elections in Mongolia

During recent parliamentary elections on 29th June, government manipulation of the media intensified as sensitive content was removed from circulation. Read more

High school students targetted as repression continues in Burundi

School children were suspended for defacing pictures of Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza as journalists and activists continued to be arrested and tortured during the continuing crackdown on dissent. Read more

28 freedom of expression violations documented in Uruguay in the past year

A report released in May 2016 recorded 28 freedom of expression violations in Uruguay in the previous 12 months. Most of the violations occurred in the capital, Montevideo and are related to the obstruction of journalistic work. Read more

LGBTI organisation faces obstacles to register

Fijian authorities are still delaying the registration of LGBTI organisation Rainbow Pride. Read more

Hate speech on the rise after Brexit

Recorded incidents of hate speech spiked in the days following the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union. Read more

Violence during public assemblies in Guinea

Although article 7 of Guinea's constitution guarantees the freedom of peaceful assembly, on 17th and 18th June the military violently suppressed a protest by residents of the city of Mali, who were calling for the departure of Army Colonel Issa Camara. Twenty-two citizens were injured, three of them seriously. Read more

Human rights defenders arrested in Kuwait

Two human rights defenders were recently arrested in Kuwait as the government amends the electoral law to bar anyone convicted of insulting the Emir from standing in national elections. Read more

Community radio station director murdered in El Salvador

Demonstrations took place demanding the restoration of water services, but no cases of violence were reported. In an unrelated incident, a community radio journalist was killed by unidentified assailants. Read more

Repression escalates as #Thisflag movement gathers momentum

Arrests and brutality by security forces are on the rise in Zimbabwe as increasingly numbers of people mobilise under the #Thisflag movement. Read more

Repression escalates as #Thisflag movement gathers momentum