Civic Space Developments

Killing of jaffna students prompts unrest in northern Sri Lanka

The recent killing of two students from the University of Jaffna for failing to stop at a police barricade on 10th October has sparked protests across the island. Read more

Killing of jaffna students prompts unrest in northern Sri Lanka

Spate of violent attacks against media as Kenya's access to information law finally enacted

Journalists protested on 8th September to call for increased protections following a wave of violence against media professionals in Kenya. In a positive development, Kenya's Access to Information Law was enacted in early September. Read more

Spate of violent attacks against media as Kenya's access to information law finally enacted

Land rights activists at risk of criminalisation in Guatemala

The Comité de Unidad Campesina has called attention to the harassment and detention of land activists. Read more

Land rights activists at risk of criminalisation in Guatemala

New bill could undermine online expression

Proposed legislation that aims to protect the right to privacy and personal data could potentially restrict the right to freedom of expression in Ecuador. Read more

New bill could undermine online expression

Oman continues to pursue free speech advocates in court

Freedom of expression continues to be threatened in Oman with journalists, writers and online activists being targeted and restrictions placed on the media. Read more

Oman continues to pursue free speech advocates in court

Human rights defender targeted with spyware

State-sponsored repression of human rights defenders, journalists, online activists and dissidents has continued in the UAE. Read more

Human rights defender targeted with spyware

Scuffles during Blockupy protest in Berlin

In early September, scuffles broke out between demonstrators and police in Berlin during protests by the Blockupy movement. Read more

Scuffles during Blockupy protest in Berlin

Activist arrested for holding allegedly unauthorised demonstration

On 18th October, human rights defender Billy Mayaya was arrested and charged with holding an unauthorised demonstration even though he had followed established procedures.
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Activist arrested for holding allegedly unauthorised demonstration

Journalists vilified and threatened during election in Croatia

Verbal attacks against journalists spiked in the run up to elections on 11th September. Read more

Journalists vilified and threatened during election in Croatia

Protest rights increasingly undermined in USA

Civic freedoms, and in particular the right to protests are being restricted in USA as Black Lives Matter protests continue to be repressed and activists are targetted with surveillance and infiltration. Read more

Protest rights increasingly undermined in USA