Civic Space Developments

Opponents of ECOWAS-EU trade deal arrested in Dakar

Five members of a coalition opposing Economic Partnership Agreements between ECOWAS and the EU were arrested and detained for three days following a protest in Dakar. Read more

Security forces kill three protestors in Gao, northern Mali

On 12th July, Security forces opened fire on a crowd of protestors in the city of Gao, northern Mali, killing three and injuring 30. Read more

Suicide Bombing kills 80 during peaceful protest in Afghanistan

On 23rd June, a suicide bombing during a protest in Kabul killed 80 people and injured more than 200. The protest was staged by the Hazara community over a new proposed power line that bypasses the provinces where they live. Read more

Torture, abduction and ethnic violence continue in Sri Lanka

In early June Velauthapillai Renukaruban a British-Sri Lankan visiting his family home in Jaffna, Northern Sri Lanka, was abducted by security forces. Sinhalese and Tamil students clashed at Jaffna University, in Northern Sri Lanka leaving 10 people injured and forcing the campus to close for two weeks. Police, military intelligence services and troops from the military special task force were all reported to have been deployed, sparking fears of further harassment by the state forces of Tamil student activists. Read more

Protests disrupted in West Papua

Protests in West Papua continued to be met with heavy handed police tactics. On the 28th May, two activists were arrested and detained by security forces for distributing leaflets about an upcoming separatist rally and encouraging others to participate. Read more

Media Censorship spikes during recent elections in Mongolia

During recent parliamentary elections on 29th June, government manipulation of the media intensified as sensitive content was removed from circulation. Read more

High school students targetted as repression continues in Burundi

School children were suspended for defacing pictures of Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza as journalists and activists continued to be arrested and tortured during the continuing crackdown on dissent. Read more

28 freedom of expression violations documented in Uruguay in the past year

A report released in May 2016 recorded 28 freedom of expression violations in Uruguay in the previous 12 months. Most of the violations occurred in the capital, Montevideo and are related to the obstruction of journalistic work. Read more

LGBTI organisation faces obstacles to register

Fijian authorities are still delaying the registration of LGBTI organisation Rainbow Pride. Read more

Hate speech on the rise after Brexit

Recorded incidents of hate speech spiked in the days following the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union. Read more