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New bill to regulate citizen participation under review in Ecuador

On 31st March 2017, the executive branch of the Ecuadorian government submitted a bill to the National Assembly on regulating "citizen participation and social control system". Read more

New bill to regulate citizen participation under review in Ecuador

Repression of civic freedoms in Azerbaijan only worsens

In March 2017, the Committee on Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe declassified the discussions held in January 2017 between the Committee and the Azerbaijani authorities. Read more

Repression of civic freedoms in Azerbaijan only worsens

Protest turns violent and political party leader killed in police raid

In the evening of 31st March 2017, hundreds of people assembled outside the Paraguayan Congress to protest a decision by the Senate majority to change the rules of the upper chamber and pass a constitutional amendment allowing for presidential re-election. Read more

Protest turns violent and political party leader killed in police raid

Large-scale anti-graft protests lead to legislative change

On 31st January 2017, after only in office, Romania's new governemnt passed a decree decriminalising some acts of corruption and amending the Criminal Code on abuse of power. Read more

Large-scale anti-graft protests lead to legislative change

Three protesters killed in clashes as court upholds President Park's impeachment

As reported extensively on the CIVICUS Monitor, since October 2016 a wave of citizen action has swept through South Korea Read more

Three protesters killed in clashes as court upholds President Park's impeachment

Civil society mobilises to prevent social media regulation

Government proposals to regulate social media have raised concerns in South African civil society and prompted a campaign to oppose the move. Read more

Civil society mobilises to prevent social media regulation

Journalists attacked and arrested while reporting on protests

On 7th March 2017, Channel 2 cameraman, Alejandro Muñoz, was filming a demonstration organised by public servants' unions in San Salvador, when he was wounded by protesters who threw a bomb in his direction. Read more

Journalists attacked and arrested while reporting on protests

Upcoming referendum could further curtail civic freedoms

As people in Turkey prepare to head to the polls in next month's referendum to decide on constitutional amendments that would grant President Erdoğan even greater powers, civic space is under increasing attack. Read more

Upcoming referendum could further curtail civic freedoms

Lebanese Feminists unite for international women's day march

On 11th March 2017, over a thousand demonstrators gathered in Beirut in protest to mark International Woman’s Day and protest for improved women’s rights issues. Read more

Lebanese Feminists unite for international women's day march