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Journalist stabbed to death and TV stations attacked in northern Iraq

The conditions for journalists and media worker in Northern Iraq continue to deteriorate. Read more

 Journalist stabbed to death and TV stations attacked in northern Iraq

Opposing voices and views on presidential age limit removal not tolerated

In the early morning of 3rd October, unidentified individuals attacked the homes of two opposition members of parliament (MP) with suspected grenades just days after another opposition member, Moses Kasibante, experienced a similar incident on 27th September. Allan Ssewanya (MP for Makindye West), says one grenade was thrown into his home, while Robert Kyagulanyi (MP for Kyaddondo West), popularly known as Bobi Wine, said three grenades had exploded and smashed the window of his son’s bedroom. The MPs were among a group of 25 MPs suspended from Parliament on 27th September following chaos and a brawl during a motion over the controversial removal of the presidential age limit from the Constitution. In a Facebook post, Bobi Wine stated that no one had been hurt in the blast at his home, but that he had been receiving "death threats on an almost daily basis. In late October, Ugandan MPs were each given 29 million Ugandan shillings (US $8,000) as a payout for consultations with their constituencies on the constitutional amendment, in a move decried by critics as a bribe. A similar payment was offered to legislators in 2005 when President Museveni sought to remove a constitutional two-term cap for presidents Read more

Opposing voices and views on presidential age limit removal not tolerated

Chilling attacks on freedom of expression ahead of APEC

As we've previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, the draconian use of the penal code to crackdown on human rights defenders in Vietnam remains an issue of serious concern. In a recent statement, local CSO, Defend the Defenders drew attention to the alarming number of arrests of Vietnamese HRDs and bloggers in recent months. Read more

Chilling attacks on freedom of expression ahead of APEC

Freedom of expression violations reported during regional elections

Civic space freedoms continue to be restricted in Venezuela, especially during the regional elections that took place in October where many freedom of expression violations were documented. Read more

Freedom of expression violations reported during regional elections

4 LUCHA activists released, while 4 HRDs sentenced to prison

On 3rd October, the authorities released four activists from the citizen movement Lutte pour le changement (LUCHA), after they had spent more than 75 days in detention. Nicolas Mbiya, Josué Cibuabua, Mamie Ndaya and Josué Kabongo were arrested in Mbuji Mayi in July. As reported previously, Mbiya was arrested on 14th July 2017. Read more

4 LUCHA activists released, while 4 HRDs sentenced to prison

Journalist released, declares Azerbaijan "one big jail"

Turan is one of the few remaining independent media outlets in Azerbaijan and has faced other pressures from the authorities. On 25th August 2017, Mehman Aliyev, the director of Turan, was arrested for tax evasion. The Azeri opposition claims the move is an attack on freedom of speech in Azerbaijan. Fuad Agayev, Aliyev's lawyer, said that the charges against his client are politically motivated. On 12th September 2017, Aliyev was released from custody but is under police surveillance and cannot leave the country. Read more

Journalist released, declares Azerbaijan "one big jail"

Freedoms of Expression and Assembly Narrow in Troubling Ways

Freedom of expression and assembly continue to be undermined in practice in Mexico, with several reported cases of attacks against journalists and potentially restrictive legislation regarding the right to protest. Read more

 Freedoms of Expression and Assembly Narrow in Troubling Ways

Over a year on from the coup: civil society still under siege

A year on from the failed coup in July 2016, the seemingly unending decline in Turkey's civic freedoms continues without pause. As detailed in this update, the prolonged use of emergency laws has enabled the Turkish authorities' campaign to eradicate independent civil society. Read more

Over a year on from the coup: civil society still under siege