Civic Space Developments

Civil society organisations targetted through break-ins

Civic Space has worsened of late in Uganda as an LGBTI organisation was refused registration, the offices of three CSOs were broken into in the space of two months and to register an LGBTI the freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression were heavily restricted during the February 2016 election period. Read more

Defenders Speaking Out: “The regime in Eritrea is a crime in itself.”

Today, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COI) released its second report, finding that the government of Eritrea has committed crimes against humanity. This video from DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) shows interviews with Eritrean human rights defenders in exile who have, and continue to, speak out against the ruthless Eritrean regime. Read more

Expression in Cape Verde

While the media sector is relatively small, it is dynamic and marked by real pluralism. Community and private radio and television stations operate alongside state-owned media. Read more

Peaceful Assembly in Cape Verde

Freedom of peaceful assembly is guaranteed by Article 52 of the constitution, which provides that the organisers must simply notify the authorities that they intend to gather. Read more

Association in Cape Verde

People in Cabo Verde are free to form associations and the civil society sector has developed significantly since political reforms in the early 1990s. Read more

Cape Verde-Overview

People in Cabo Verde are free to express their opinions, form associations and demonstrate peacefully in public. They do this with strong guarantees in law and with protection from the state. Read more

Expression in Burundi

Prior to the crackdown on free media in 2015, Burundi’s World Press Freedom Ranking was already a lowly 142nd, having been as high as 72nd a decade earlier. Read more

Peaceful Assembly in Burundi

Even though article 32 of Burundi’s constitution protects the right to peaceful assembly, public demonstrations in Burundi have become almost impossible in the wake of the sustained use of excessive force by security forces. Read more

Association in Burundi

Burundian civil society grew in size and influence after the mid-1990s and made important contributions to deepening democracy, including during free and fair elections in 2005 when the civil war ended. Read more


Space for civil society and citizen activism has been almost totally destroyed following a government crackdown in 2015 when citizens protested against the incumbent president’s bid for a third term. Many ordinary civilians and civil society activists have been killed, police have repeatedly used excessive force against protestors and detainees have been brutally tortured. Read more