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Belarusian authorities face criticism for continued curtailment of civic rights

The Belarusian security forces' unwarranted interference during protests is a fundamental barrier to the enjoyment of civic rights. Read more

Belarusian authorities face criticism for continued curtailment of civic rights

UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings unable to visit Philippines as death toll rises

Civil society groups had welcomed a proposed visit to the Philippines from Agnes Callamard, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings planned for 2017. However, on the 14th of December, Filipino authorities announced they had cancelled Ms. Callamard's visit, as she had declined to accept a series of preconditions. Read more

UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings unable to visit Philippines as death toll rises

Nearly 200 arrested during protests over Zwarte Piet in the Netherlands

On 12th November, a protest organised in Rotterdam to demonstrate against the controversial character Zwarte Piet turned violent. Read more

Nearly 200 arrested during protests over Zwarte Piet in the Netherlands

Systematic reprisals against dissidents in Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijani authorities have a well documented track record of ruthlessly suppressing critical dissent and harassing outspoken activists into silence. Read more

Systematic reprisals against dissidents in Azerbaijan

Thousands march against abortion and same sex marriage in Malawi

On 6th December, protest marches against the same sex marriage and legalised abortion took place across Malawi. Read more

Thousands march against abortion and same sex marriage in Malawi

State increases pressure on civil society organisations in Kenya

Regulation of civil societey organisations is moving to the interior ministry, as a senior aide to president Kenyatta threatens an activist at an ICC meeting. Read more

State increases pressure on civil society organisations in Kenya

TV and radio stations suspended without prior notice

Benin's regulator suspended the licenses of three television stations and one radio station without prior notice. Read more

TV and radio stations suspended without prior notice

7 more CSOs refused FCRA licenses in India

As previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, the Foreign Contributions and Regulations Act (FCRA) has caused confusion amongst civic groups operating in India. Read more

7 more CSOs refused FCRA licenses in India

Tougher laws choke civil society independence in Bangladesh

The authorities in Bangladesh have continued their harassment of civil society through the new legislation designed to choke independent civil society. Read more

Tougher laws choke civil society independence in Bangladesh

New protest law continues the erosion of civic space in Poland

Poland's parliament passed restrictive new protests law in the face of widespread popular opposition to the move. Read more

New protest law continues the erosion of civic space in Poland