Civic Space Developments

Honduran journalist murdered as all-out assault on media freedom continues

On 17th January, journalist Igor Padilla was murdered in San Pedro Sula. Five days earlier, two journalists from the same media outlet had been threatened with a video posted on social media.
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Honduran journalist murdered as all-out assault on media freedom continues

Special series on threats to civic space in Kazakhstan - Part 2: Expression

The CIVICUS Monitor will post a special three-part series on current threats to civic space in Kazakhstan. This series analyses recent developments and threats - in law and practice - to respect for the fundamental freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression. Read more

Special series on threats to civic space in Kazakhstan - Part 2: Expression

Intimidation and arrest of journalists investigating corruption in Venezuela

On 11th February, two employees from Transparency International's Venezuela chapter along with two Brazilian journalists were detained by Venezuelan security forces in Maracaibo, Zulia state in Venezuela. Read more

Intimidation and arrest of journalists investigating corruption in Venezuela

Protest leaders on trial as resistence in Anglophone cameroon continues

Three leaders of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium are facing grave charges in a politically-motivated trial linked to ongoing protests in the South West and North West of the country. Read more

Protest leaders on trial as resistence in Anglophone cameroon continues

Greed for natural resources fuels attacks against indigenous people in Peru

On 3rd February, 60 armed men linked to illegal loggers entered in the territories of the Meantari community and threatened to kill the 25 Asháninkas families living there. Read more

Greed for natural resources fuels attacks against indigenous people in Peru

Two journalists killed, as civic space attacked by state, non-state actors

Guatemalan environmental and land rights’ activists continue to work under pressure due to the actions of illegal armed groups and state forces. Read more

Two journalists killed, as civic space attacked by state, non-state actors

Activist arrested for tweeting in defence of free expression in the UAE

On 16thJanuary, Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, a prominent political science professor and human rights defender, was arrested by the State Security Apparatus for Twitter posts in which he promoted freedom of expression in the UAE. Read more

Activist arrested for tweeting in defence of free expression in the UAE

Egyptian authorities forcibly shut down NGO supporting victims of torture and violence

On 9th February, an Egyptian non-governmental organisation that treats victims of torture and trauma was shut down by police. Read more

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Egyptian authorities forcibly shut down NGO supporting victims of torture and violence

Conflict over mining on indigenous lands leads to widespread civic space abuses

In early January the environmental organisation Acción Ecológica denounced government attempts to close it down. Read more

Conflict over mining on indigenous lands leads to widespread civic space abuses

Evidence of unrelenting religious persecution in North Korea

On 10th November, the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB) published its 2016 white paper on religious freedom in North Korea. Read more

Evidence of unrelenting religious persecution in North Korea