Civic Space Developments

Environmental activists targeted with death threats and lawsuits

Environmental activist Ligia Arreaga had to leave the country as a result of repeated death threats.
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Environmental activists targeted with death threats and lawsuits

Activist remains in detention despite UN pressure

A grassroots activist who was detained in January after holding a protest remains in prison despite a petition for her immediate release made by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Read more

Activist remains in detention despite UN pressure

Another journalist attacked as Macedonia prepares for elections

As previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, the conditions for journalists in Macedonia have been difficult throughout 2016, and look set to worsen in the run up to the county's elections in December. Read more

Another journalist attacked as Macedonia prepares for elections

Civil society calls upon President Sisi to reject restrictive NGO law in Egypt

On 30th December, a copy of the highly controversial bill was passed to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to sign into law. Both domestic and international civic groups have called upon President Sisi to decline officiating the bill due to drastic and unnecessary restrictions on independent dissent. Read more

Civil society calls upon President Sisi to reject restrictive NGO law in Egypt

UN resolution condemns North Korea's atrocious human rights record

On 31st October, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Third Committee tabled a ten page resolution on the human rights situation in North Korea. Read more

UN resolution condemns North Korea's atrocious human rights record

Ultra right wing march confronted by students in Czech Republic's velvet revolution protests

The celebration of the Velvet Revolution in the Czech Republic spurred protests and gatherings by a variety of groups across the country. Read more

Ultra right wing march confronted by students in Czech Republic's velvet revolution protests

Clashes at protest as Sweden's far right march to celebrate Trump's election

On 12th November, a far right gathering organised by Sweden's neo-nazi grou, the Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) attracted 600 participants in a march from Stockholm's central Kungsträdgården park to Mynttorget. Read more

Clashes at protest as Sweden's far right march to celebrate Trump's election

President Park relinquishes power under pressure from civic groups

Arecent political corruption scandal related to President Park Geun-hye placed South Korea in the international spotlight. Read more

President Park relinquishes power under pressure from civic groups

All forms of dissent relentlessly persecuted in Iran

Iranian authorities continue to target writers, artists, bloggers and political activists. Read more

All forms of dissent relentlessly persecuted in Iran

Media attacks, resignations damage state-civil society relations in Poland

In the last month, CSOs in Poland reported oa noticeable increase in media attacks directed at civil society. Read more

Media attacks, resignations damage state-civil society relations in Poland