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Journalist acquitted of defamation charges

Lookmann Sawadogo, director of publications for the newspaper Le Soir, was aquitted by the Court of First Instance in Ouagadougou for charges of defamation under the Penal Code on 10th August 2017. Read more

Journalist acquitted of defamation charges

HRD killed and journalists attacked by Ugandan People's Defence Forces

On the evening of 23rd June 2017, officers of the Uganda Police Force and Uganda People’s Defence Forces killed human rights defender Irumba Erasmus, coordinator of the activities of the Twerwaneho Listeners’ Club (TLC) in Rwebisengo District, and his friend Vide Kanyoro in an extra-judicial killing. Read more

HRD killed and journalists attacked by Ugandan People's Defence Forces

Activists held unlawfully for anti-Shell protest

Eight activists were detained after a protest performance calling for an end to oil giant Shell's funding of the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. Read more

Activists held unlawfully for anti-Shell protest

Protesters mobilise against proposed constitutional revisions

Several protests took place in Mali since the adoption of a draft law seeking to change the Constitution in the night of 2nd and 3rd June 2017, with a planned referendum on the question on 9th July 2017. According the Government, the revision is necessary to be able to implement some of provisions of the peace agreement of 2015, signed between the Government and the Touareg-led rebel alliance and foresees the creation of a Senate and a Court of Auditors. Read more

Protesters mobilise against proposed constitutional revisions

Court clears protesters in controversial trial

On 29th June, a jury found six protestors not guilty of the serious charge of false imprisonment. Read more

Court clears protesters in controversial trial

UN report highlights major concerns over association and protest rights

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association released its report after an official visit to the USA, where it remarks the situation of those freedoms. Read more

UN report highlights major concerns over association and protest rights

New state laws increase penalties for protest actions in Oklahoma

As previously reported on the Monitor, several states have proposed or approved new legislation curtailing protests and demonstrations. Recently, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed House Bill 1123 into law, increasing penalties for the the following actions: trespassing on “critical infrastructure” and "willfully destroying" or impeding "operations of the facility". Read more

New state laws increase penalties for protest actions in Oklahoma

Little room for dissent in Pakistan: Civic freedoms under constant attack

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, peaceful assemblies can become dangerous and susceptible to attack and interference from terrorist groups in Pakistan. Read more

Little room for dissent in Pakistan: Civic freedoms under constant attack

LGBTI activists continue to face harassment in El Salvador

Activists from the LGBTI community in El Salvador continue to endure hate crimes and harassment. In a public hearing before the Inter- American Commission on Human Rights, LGBTI activists explained the challenges they face in the country. Read more

LGBTI activists continue to face harassment in El Salvador