Civic Space Developments

Government strengthens cooperation with civil society organisations

Costa Rica is strengthening cooperation with CSOs, and largely respecting the right to peaceful assembly and expression.

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Constant repression of protests in Honduras

The police repressed recent protests in Honduras with tears gas and water cannon while 12 journalists were killed in 2015. Read more

Mass Arrests and Proposed New Cybercrime Law in Egypt

On 25th April, demonstrations against the government's decision to acknowledge Saudi Arabia's sovereignty over the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir resulted more than 150 people being sentenced to between two and five years in prison. Read more

Journalist released but Azeri goverment continues crackdown

Despite the release from jail of journalists Khadija Ismayilova, the OGP declared Azerbaijan inactive because of continuing repression of fundamental freedoms. Read more

Human Rights Lawyer Joseph Kimani killed

The murder of human rights lawyer Joseph Kimani, his client and their taxi driver has sparked outrage in Kenya. Read more

Protests by students and motorcycle drivers break out in Benin

Demonstrations by taxi drivers descended into violence while peaceful protests were held by students and lecturers at the University of Abomey-Calavi. Read more

Anti-TPP protest tear gassed in Lima

A massive protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Lima was repressed with tear gas by the security forces, resulting in many people injured and arrested. A journalist covering the protest was prevented from doing so by the police.

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Proposed cyber security law worries civil society

Most recent protests in Romania have passed off peacefully, while a proposed cyber security law continues to raise concerns in civil society. Read more

Funding cuts hit hundreds of CSOs in Croatia

Over 400 CSOs petitioned the government against cuts to state funding for civil society while large protests took place in Zagreb in support of educational reform. Read more

Trial of Dr. Nasser Bin Gaith continues

Free expression continues to be undermined by the authorities in the UAE as civil society activists - including journalists and academics - are targetted for promoting human rights. Read more