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Foreign activists sentenced and deported for investigations into uranium mining

In early April 2017, a Malawian court convicted eight Tanzanian civil society activists on charges of spying and trespassing. Read more

Foreign activists sentenced and deported for investigations into uranium mining

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

New constitutional amendments - a false hope for democratisation

Kazakhstan’s parliament recently adopted constitutional amendments that President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed into law on 10th March 2017. Read more

New constitutional amendments - a false hope for democratisation

19 activists have been murdered in Colombia since January 2017

With Olarte's death, the number of social and community leaders assassinated in Colombia in the first months of 2017 has now reached 19. Read more

19 activists have been murdered in Colombia since January 2017

Human rights situation still appalling in post-election Turkmenistan

Following the Presidential elections in February, the authorities' all pervasive mechanisms used to stifle civic freedoms show no sign of relenting. Even in the face of international scrutiny, civic space in Turkmenistan remains firmly closed. Read more

Human rights situation still appalling in post-election Turkmenistan

Egyptian authorities continue their brazen curtailment of civic space

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, the closure of the Al-Nadeem Centre in February 2017 is an example of the government's pressure on independent civil society and human rights groups in Egypt. Read more

Egyptian authorities continue their brazen curtailment of civic space

Activist released then detained by police two weeks later

The case of Russian opposition activist, Ildar Dadin, drew wide public attention in February 2017 when the Prosecutor General’s office decided that Dadin’s actions did not constitute a crime and petitioned for his release. Read more

Activist released then detained by police two weeks later

Report highlights widespread human rights abuses in Republic of Congo

A new report by a local rights groups has outlined the severe challenges facing civil society and human rights defenders in the Republic of Congo. Read more

Report highlights widespread human rights abuses in Republic  of Congo

Prominent Human Rights Defender Omar Ewado Arrested in Djibouti

Omar Ewado, Director of the Ligue Djiboutienne des droits de l’homme (LDDH), was arrested on Sunday 19th March at his home. Read more

Prominent Human Rights Defender Omar Ewado Arrested in Djibouti