Civic Space Developments

Correa vilifies nongovermental organisations

Ecuador's President Correa alleges that there is an invasion of NGOs supported by other governments, which are a threat to democracy because they set a political agenda without democratic legitimacy or responsibility.

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Repression intensifies as elections approach

Repression against the media and civil society has escalated tensions in Gambia in the run up to elections in December 2016. Read more

Hundreds of protestors shot dead in Ethiopia

A brutal crackdown has left over 400 protestors dead while a new cybercrime law threatens to further restrict online space for civil society. Read more

Draft NGO law contains restrictions on freedom of association

In March, the Ministry of Social Development released a draft NGO law, raising concerns about restrictions on freedom of association. Read more

Authorities harass protestors through court

In mid-2016, protestors and free speech advocates were arbitrarily arrested and harrassed through the courts. Read more

'Colourful Revolution' protest leaders demeaned in public

A protest movement held sustained demonstrations against abuse of state power as its leaders were demeaned in public and targetted by counter-demonstrators. Read more

Media polarisation reported to be on the rise in Serbia

Civil society in Serbia is concerned that some media statements are reflective of rising tensions and a return to dark days of hate speech. Read more

Government critics harrassed through the courts

Human rights defenders in Oman continue to work in a hostile environment. Defenders have been arrested, arbitrarily detained, imprisoned and deprived of medical treatment. Read more

Access to information law approved

The Togolese parliament approved a new access to information law however protests continued to be met with violence in Mango. Read more

Emergency decree allows restriction of CSO funding

The declaration of a “State of Exception and Economic Emergency” in Venezuela could have a negative impact on funding for organisations. Recent protests in Caracas and other regions of the country have been repressed and journalists covering such protests faced intimidation and harassment by security forces. Read more